This week, royal husband Mike Tindall joined the cast of classic British reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here for its 22nd season in the wilderness of Australia, and in only four episodes, he has already debuted a few great new skills. On Sunday, the former rugby star and husband of Zara Tindall proved that he is a master at building a fire, and on Monday, he showed off his skills as a rapper, singing a Will Smith song from the early 1990s.
While sitting around the campfire during the episode, Tindall said he knew all the words to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” before segueing into a pretty solid rendition of “Boom! Shake the Room” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince before segueing into In the confessional booth, comedian Babatunde Aléshé praised his skill though admitted that the youngest cast member, Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner, might have been confused by the age of the music. “We should have put on Paw Patrol,” Aléshé said.
Before the start of the season, Tindall told ITV that he thought he was in for plenty of difficult challenges, and so far he has been covered in spiders after diving into a pond during a scavenger hunt. As a spider crawled over his head, he said, “Fear is only a choice.”
He also shared a few details about his relationship with Zara, who is the daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, explaining that the pair met after he was dropped from the starting lineup for the semifinals at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Sydney. “I was pissed off and so I went for a beer with another guy who got dropped and a guy who was over there. They’d met her before and they introduced us and then got chatting from there,” he said, adding that the couple has now been together for 18 years. “First actual date, just went out for lunch locally. And ended up being quite a boozy one. Then we figured out that we both quite like getting smashed. It was a good start.”
In an interview with Good Morning Britain from Australia, Tindall said that Zara was supportive of his decision to join the show, even though it means spending weeks away from his family, which includes the couple’s three children, Mia, Lena, and Lucas. “Zara gets it and supports it,” he said. “With both our careers, she goes away competing for weeks at a time, and I always went on tours for three, four weeks in the summer, so our relationship has always been built to deal with that and we’re good at compartmentalizing and finding ways to deal with it.”
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