LONDON: Amir Khan has been ‘confirmed’ to appear on the latest series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and has jetted off to Australia, just one day after getting back with pregnant wife Faryal Makhdoom.
The shows bosses have been attempting to lure Khan into the jungle for years believing he will make great TV and have finally managed to get Khan on board.
A source told: “It’s been touch and go for a while, but now that he’s in Australia they’re confident he’ll end up in the camp – even though it isn’t yet signed and sealed.
“ITV have been trying to get him to do the show for years so this is a real coup for them. They think he’ll make great TV.
“They had hoped that as a newly-single man there could be a jungle romance with some of the sexy singletons there. But that’s now looking unlikely.
“Meanwhile Amir’s hoping he can use the show as a springboard to help rebuild some of the damaged public perception of him after his marriage split.”
A source close to Khan had claimed Khan would not be taking part in the show because he comes from a Muslim family and believes he would not be able to compete in the ITV show because of his religion.
The source told the sun: “Amir would be keen to show people what he’s made of, but unfortunately it would interfere with his Muslim faith.”
While no Muslims have yet appeared in the UK version of I’m A Celeb, the Australian show – which is staged in South Africa – has in the past ensured food eaten by their contestants is halal.
As part of the show, celebrities must face challenges like eating witchetty grubs, animal genitals and eyeballs, which may not necessarily adhere to strict religious rules.
It comes just one day after Amir and his pregnant wife Faryal Makhdoom revealed they were back together after a troubled year which saw allegations of cheating from both sides.
In a Twitter post to his fans Khan said: “With my four-month pregnant wife, after sorting out all the issues. Closing the year with a happy ending.”
Along with the tweet Khan posted a picture of the couple snuggling in each other’s arms on the sofa in London.
Faryal wrote on Instagram: ‘I hope one day, we find each other again and laugh over whatever pain we might have caused.’