NAUGHTY Boy's family have told The Sun that the star is "completely overwhelmed, struggling, and paranoid" in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
Viewers feared the 36-year-old music producer, real name Shahid Khan, will quit the ITV series after he struggled following a difficult trial in last night's show.
But his niece Aisha has insisted that he won't, although she went on to tell us that she thinks the amount of pressure he puts on himself can be "toxic".
Speaking exclusively to The Sun about last night's episode, Aisha said of her famous uncle: "He’s someone who is very paranoid and overthinks a lot. He lacks a lot of self confidence so he was doubting himself, thinking he wouldn’t be able to do it so I was giving him the reassurance he needs.
"The problem is he just needs a lot of reassurance. Obviously he’s not getting that in the castle. Because we know him, we just know he needs someone to say to him ‘you are doing great, you are doing fine’ and he will be back to normal again.
She went on: "He has been like that since he was kid. He has done so well and he still thinks he could do more. He puts a lot of pressure on himself and that’s a good thing and a bad thing – I always say he’s such a Capricorn because they are so work orientated and he always wants to do better.
"I think that can be a bit toxic if you take it too far. He’s just really sensitive and puts a lot of pressure on himself. With a little bit of reassurance he will be back on his feet again."
Addressing whether or not he will quit the castle, Aisha insisted: "We are not worried he will leave, it’s just us wanting him to know in his mind that everything is OK because he is such an overthinker.
"Even if he just a few hours away from home, he will still keep calling home. The fact that he can’t check up is making him really anxious.
Aisha also told us that Naughty will be worried about his mum, who suffers from dementia and he is a full-time carer for.
The family have banned his mum from watching the reality show because they fear it'll be too distressing for her.
“During the day, she is always like ‘where is he?’, ‘is her coming home?’ and we have to keep reminding her that no, he is on the show and she will see him on TV,” Aisha said. “We didn’t let her watch last night’s episode because we thought she would be really overwhelmed seeing him upset.
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“Watching it she will get confused, especially if she saw him doing the trial, she would have been very, very distressed. Most nights, she will cheer ‘that is my son’ and she will talk to the TV, bless her.”
Following last night’s episode Naughty Boy was slammed by trolls for taking the game too seriously and “acting up”, but Aisha has insisted that’s not fair because people don’t understand what he is going through.
She said: “The general public don’t know him and they just see it as someone throwing their toys out the pram, but for us we know he is so mentally overwhelmed.
“It all happened at once, although he was prepared going in, emotions hit you at once, we are all human, we all have breaking points. The only difference is he hit his breaking point on national television and that is super vulnerable position to be in."
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