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Inside I'm a Celebrity star Matty Lee's friendship with fellow athlete Tom Daley

The two have enjoyed huge success in sport

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Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
3 December 2021
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Matty Lee is fast becoming a very popular contestant on this year's I'm a Celebrity – with many convinced the Olympic athlete could go all the way to the final.

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But when the sportsman isn't in the castle, he can often be found by the side of fellow diver and Olympic champion Tom Daley, with whom he won a gold medal at this year's tournament in Tokyo.

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The campmate even spoke to his fellow I'm a Celeb stars about his bond with his diving partner in a recent episode. While discussing childhood heroes, Matty said Tom was his hero, joking at the time: "My childhood hero was Tom and I've even been in bed with him!"

Matty's co-stars were keen to know whether Tom would ever survive in the Welsh camp, with Matty admitting: "He wouldn't, that's why I'm here!"

Before the 23-year-old joined the reality show, Matty did explain how Tom was "shocked" when he told him he was taking part. He told ITV: "We were on the way back from the airport where they had picked me up from Tokyo when I got a call about the programme."

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Matty Lee and Tom Daley are winning gold in Tokyo

It's clear the two have a strong friendship, with Matty adding: "When I told Tom, he was in shock too! He is so excited for me and he has always been so supportive and helped me a lot over the past three years. He gives me advice about anything whether it is relationships or whatever - I always ask Tom."

Despite their bond, Matty is keen for audiences to get to know him a little better away from his diving skills. "Everyone knows who Tom Daley is but people don't necessarily know who I am," he said.

"But without each other, we would never have achieved what we have achieved. He always gives me credit where it is due and I also do too. He is really happy for me to grow as an individual and I think it is a chance for people to get to know me better."

Tom and Matty joined forces in 2018 as a diving duo and began competing in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform. It was in this event that the pair took home a gold medal for Tokyo 2020.

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