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Naughty Boy


THE award-winning British DJ and producer Naughty Boy has been working with British actress Jemima Khan and Indian Director Shekhar Kapur on their project What’s Love Got to do with It?, which is due in 2022.

In 2021, Naughty Boy,41, was announced as a contestant on the twenty-first series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.

Despite threatening to leave multiple times, and having regular arguments with campmates, he survived 16 days before he was eliminated on 8 December 2021. “I am not a celebrity at all. My music is the celebrity and now is the chance for me to show people what I am really like. I don’t know what people in the music industry will think about me being in the Castle but having a break from everything is something I think everyone should have and do once a year,” he said about participating in the show.

In February 2022, it was revealed that Naughty Boy and director Gurinder Chadha were among the stars who met Prince Charles the day before he tested positive for Covid.

Naughty Boy said that music “saved” him during the Covid-19 lockdown and has called for more “special protections” for the industry.

In his opinion, music has a “power” that can help people more intimately than some relationships – as it aids wellbeing both “mentally and spiritually”. He says that his biggest struggle during lockdown was “living with my mum who has dementia”. “As a family (dementia) can seem like a lonely experience… you don’t think anyone will understand. It affect your mental health. Especially as Asians, everything is closed (private)… you don’t speak about what’s going on in the family… mum’s at the point where we don’t know what she’s going to say,” he says.

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