The younger sister of I’m A Celebrity star Naughty Boy was tragically struck and killed by a school bus aged seven in 1989 in Watford, his family have revealed.
The music producer, 40, was ‘very close’ to his little sister Samaira and ‘blocked out the accident as a child’, his older sister Saira told The Sun.
Saira told how their mother Zahia, 67, who has dementia and who has been cared for by Naughty Boy for five years, believes Samaira is still alive.
Heartbreak: The younger sister of I’m A Celebrity star Naughty Boy was tragically struck and killed by a school bus aged seven in 1989 in Watford, his family have revealed
She added the family are having to relive the 1989 accident in Watford because mum Zahida, 67, has dementia and thinks Samaira is still alive.
Saira said of the star’s, real name Shahid Khan and Samaira’s relationship: ‘They were really close and always played together. They were best buds. I think he blocked it out as a child. He wouldn’t talk about it.
‘He would go quiet when I talked about her as he remembers their times together. We talk about her a lot more nowadays. When we go to the shops to pick up food or clothes, mum asks us to buy things for her.
‘I see that Shahid gets emotional when we are talking about it to mum constantly. She’ll always be a part of our lives and we have fond memories of her.’
Family: The music producer, 40, was ‘very close’ to his little sister Samaira and ‘blocked out the accident as a child’, his older sister Saira told The Sun (Naughty Boy left is pictured with Samaira right)
Saira added that she hoped the star would be able to confide in his campmates about the accident and ‘use it as therapy.’
This comes as Naughty Boy’s family have criticised trolls for claiming he has ‘lost self confidence’ after caring for his dementia-stricken mum Zahida, 66, for the past five years.
The record producer has made it no secret that he is thinking of quitting the show.
Having collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé and Sam Smith, he hasn’t released an album since 2013’s Hotel Cabana – which shot to number two on the UK chart.
Brave: Saira said of the star’s, real name Shahid Khan and Samaira’s relationship: ‘They were really close and always played together. They were best buds. I think he blocked it out as a child. He wouldn’t talk about it’
According to The Sun, his family wrote a now-deleted tweet: ‘NB is a proud mummy’s boy because he has been caring for her for the last 5 years.
‘She suffers from vascular dementia and many other illnesses which has resulted in her needing 24 hour care.
‘He lacks a lot of self confidence and this is the first time he has left her – to do something for himself for the first time in years.
Angry: This comes as Naughty Boy’s family have criticised trolls for claiming he has ‘lost self confidence’ after caring for his dementia-stricken mum Zahida, 66, for the past five years
‘Of course, trolls have no conscience or compassion to try and understand his emotions and mental state but to those who are being supportive, thank you so incredibly much.’
‘Remember to #BeKind and don’t be toxic.’
Naughty Boy’s family recently banned Zahida from watching an episode where he was seen getting emotional and debating leaving the castle.
Discussing his possible departure, his niece Aisha told The Sun: ‘Watching it she will get confused, especially if she saw him doing the trial, she would have been very, very distressed.’
Upset: The record producer, 36, is currently competing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and has made it no secret that he is thinking of quitting the show
Detailing how Zahida is coping, she went on: ‘During the day, she is always like, ‘Where is he? Is he coming home?’ and we have to keep reminding her that no, he is on the show and she will see him on TV…
‘Most nights, she will cheer, ‘That is my son,’ and she will talk to the TV, bless her.’
The Grammy nominee stunned fans earlier this week when he threatened to quit the show when the camps were divided.
He was chosen to do a trial by the stars in the main camp, believing he was picked because he was the ‘weakest link’ in The Clink.
Unfortunate: Naughty Boy’s family recently banned Zahida from watching an episode where he was seen getting emotional and debating leaving the castle
Aisha admitted she had been ‘worried’ about his mental state prior to his appearance in the ITV favourite due to the two weeks of quarantining before entering.
Before entering the jungle, Naughty Boy detailed his mother’s health battles, as he said: ‘I think it is important for people like myself to create awareness about it.
‘Dementia UK needs constant funding, and I am going to miss mum the most whilst I am away in the castle. I live with Mum, and I am used to seeing her all the time.’
Helping hand: It was reported that Naughty Boy is having counselling over his mother’s health from within the castle
He revealed earlier this year that he had stepped back from music to spend more time with his mother and act as her carer.
He said: ‘Mum hasn’t been very well, and it is going to be difficult for me being away. But that said, I think the break will be good for both of us.’
The Sun reported that Naughty Boy is having counselling over his mother’s health from within the castle.
Worry: The insider said: ‘He’s been speaking to the show’s psych team, led by Sandra Scott, on a specially set-up iPad to make sure he is staying upbeat’
The insider said: ‘He’s been speaking to the show’s psych team, led by Sandra Scott, on a specially set-up iPad to make sure he is staying upbeat…
‘This is the longest he has been away from his mother since her diagnosis so they are keen to make sure he’s not spiralling quietly.’
The music producer had been particularly vocal about his desire to leave following the Treacherous Traps trial, with the star remarking: ‘My time here is done!’
He told his fellow campmates: ‘I do think my time here is done. I had a feeling earlier and I was thinking about mum and obviously I love you guys.
‘I don’t think after knowing what the Main Camp probably knew what they were putting me through knowing I did the challenge earlier – I don’t know if I could ever join that camp.’
Naughty Boy’s fellow campers were quick to reassure him but he continued his threats quit altogether and was joined by Arlene – even after the news that they were to join the Main Camp.
I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up
CLAIM TO FAME: Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.
PHOBIAS: The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!
MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.
DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.
CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.
MISS MOST: My bed!
DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy.
PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!
MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.
DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.
CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.
PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.
MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.
DREAM CAMPER: The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.
PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines!
MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.
DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.
CLAIM TO FAME: Producer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t know the real me and I want everyone to get to know me.
PHOBIAS: Confined spaces and heights but I want to give the Trials a go to bring back some stars.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.
MISS MOST: My mum. I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.
DREAM CAMPER: Sir Elton John would be amazing.
KADEENA COX, MBE
KADEENA COX, MBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Paralympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Great to be able to show people with all disabilities they can try different things in life.
PHOBIAS: Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!
MISS MOST: TikTok, my mum and dog.
DREAM CAMPER: Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.
CLAIM TO FAME: Football legend
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None because I never hide behind a false image. What you see is what you get.
PHOBIAS: I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.
MISS MOST: My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.
CLAIM TO FAME: The Saturdays star
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People think if you are in a pop group, you lead a glamorous lifestyle and won’t get stuck in, but I’m determined to muck in with all the chores.
PHOBIAS: Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: The serial hugger.
MISS MOST: Wayne and my boys.
DREAM CAMPER: Larry Lamb or a father figure type.
CLAIM TO FAME: Emmerdale actor
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None but I would like to show everyone what I am like in real life rather than my soap character, Aaron Dingle.
PHOBIAS: I am absolutely dreading the eating Trials! I fear I will gag!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.
MISS MOST: My fiancée, Steph, and our new baby.
DREAM CAMPER: Fred Sirieix or any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!