In what was one of the most embarrassing Bushtucker Trial debuts in the history of I’m A Celeb, Amir Khan bailed after being confronted by his worst fear – snakes.
The world champion boxer ducked out halfway through the task after pulling out a python instead of a star and key, something which his wife Faryal Makhdoom has playfully mocked.
Faryal, 26, took to Twitter after the task to say she doesn’t think her 30-year-old husband knows what he’s letting himself in for by signing up for I’m A Celebrity.
To be fair to Amir, he told hosts Ant and Dec that he’d never watched the show – and fellow contestant Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo had to explain to him what a critter was.
But Amir was criticised for pretending to be scared of snakes after a photo emerged of him posing with a giant albino Burmese python.
Georgie Leahy – owner of snake Slinky – has confirmed to Mirror Online that Amir was definitely scared of the snake at the time the picture was taken.
She said: ‘I remember him being a bit scared of Slinky, and one of the guys was like, “no, do it, you’ve got to get a picture”.
‘I do remember he was scared – he doesn’t look it in the picture. You can tell Slinky really likes him because he’s got his tongue out.
‘Slinky was really excited to meet him. Most of the time because Slinky loves me so much he’d come back to me, but in this picture he’s going right for Amir!’
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Amir and wife Faryal are parents to 3-year-old daughter Lamaisah, and the make-up artist is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child.
The couple recently reconciled following a very public spat, in which Amir accused Faryal of cheating on him with fellow boxer Anthony Joshua.
Amir took to Instagram shortly afterwards to post a very cosy snap with Faryal, suggesting things between the pair are back on track.
Amir takes part in the second Bushtucker Trial on I’m A Celeb, tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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