Matt Hancock has been roundly mocked for calling Ed Sheeran one of his favourite artists and singing his single ‘Perfect’ on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The former Health Secretary was introduced into the ITV show last night (November 9) alongside comedian Seann Walsh.
During one of their first conversations, the MP asked Walsh about the meaning behind a tattoo on his neck.
Walsh then explained that it represented his favourite band Blink-182, who Hancock was unaware of, which immediately prompted a backlash on Twitter from viewers.
“When I thought it was impossible to hate @MattHancock anymore. He says he doesn’t know who Blink 182 are. Get to fuck you rat bastard #ImACeleb,” one said.
Another added: “I didn’t think i could hate matt hancock anymore if i tried until i heard him just say he didn’t know who blink 182 is.”
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmith__) November 9, 2022
didn’t think i could hate matt hancock anymore if i tried until i heard him just say he didn’t know who blink 182 is
— emily (@emilybeldon) November 9, 2022
matt hancock doesn’t know who blink-182 are and that’s all you fucking need to know
— • luce • (@paradigm_moon) November 9, 2022
When Walsh asked Hancock who his favourite musician was, the MP replied: “Quite a mix really, quite mainstream but I’m not gonna put a tattoo of Ed Sheeran on my neck.
“Love him, yeah… and I’m from Suffolk as well.”
He then proceeded to sing the words to ‘Perfect’. “You between my arms… barefoot on the grass… don’t get me singing… listening to my favourite song…… What’s it called? ‘Perfect’? I love it,” he sang.
Let this be a lesson to you. If you like Ed Sheeran, you are basically Matt Hancock. https://t.co/66RmVAK1Sy
— Character Actors (@characteractor_) November 10, 2022
His vocals later prompted Dec to say Sheeran would be “gutted” to hear Hancock was a fan, while Ant burst into laughter.
Responding to his rendition of ‘Perfect’ one fan wrote on Twitter: “I cannot explain the actual cringe that just went through my body hearing matt hancock singing ed sheeran, get it AWAY,” while another added: “Actually vomming about matt hancock singing ed sheeran and that he’s his favourite type of music.”
“Hearing matt hancock sing ed sheeran should be considered a hate crime and a crime against humanity,” another wrote before one fan posted footage of Hancock dancing and singing at an Ed Sheeran concert.
i cannot explain the actual cringe that just went through my body hearing matt hancock singing ed sheeran, get it AWAY
— treggers 🐘 (@JessTrog) November 9, 2022
actually vomming about matt hancock singing ed sheeran and that he's his favourite type of music
— soph⚡️ (@ssssamstownnnn) November 9, 2022
hearing matt hancock sing ed sheeran should be considered a hate crime and a crime against humanity
— stephanie ☾ (@SCARLETTWlDOW) November 9, 2022
— Ellen Coughlan (@EllenCoughlan01) November 9, 2022
— abby 🐮 18 🐮 (@abby_dixonn) November 9, 2022
— aurora *ೃ༄ (@yourgirIfriendz) November 9, 2022
The day I never thought I'd seen matt Hancock singing Ed sheeran on national television pic.twitter.com/TKNNoRlBa7
— darcydoesntknow (@darcydoesntknow) November 9, 2022
Sheeran is yet to respond to the news that Hancock is a fan of his.
Upon his entrance into the show, Hancock was immediately voted by viewers to take part in the next bushtucker trial which airs tonight (November 10).
The West Suffolk MP previously had to step down from his role as Health Secretary after he was caught breaching social distancing guidance by kissing a colleague he was having an affair with in his office. Since his participation on the show was announced, he has been suspended from the Conservative Party.