Although he was beaten by eventual winner Jill Scott and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, the ex-Health Secretary will be cheered by the whopping appearance fee he will receive from ITV on top of the more than £6,000 he has earnt for being an MP - despite being some 10,000 miles away from his West Suffolk constituents. Hancock’s time on I’m a Celeb 2022 will no doubt have also boosted his eventual book sales.
ITV bosses were repeatedly urged to remove the politician from the jungle by families who were bereaved during the Covid pandemic and blame Hancock for the UK’s poor response to the coronavirus. He is also unpopular for his affair with aide Gina Coladangelo, who greeted him after he left the jungle.
The Tory MP was asked about this affair by his campmates, with the suspended Conservative Party MP repeating the refrain he has previously used in interviews that he “fell in love”. It has been reported that Ms Coladangelo has been attempting to secure Hancock a career away from politics in the wake of I’m a Celeb.
So, is he still married to Martha Hancock - and what’s happened to his relationship with Gina Coladangelo?
Is Matt Hancock married?
Matt Hancock’s current official marital status is unclear, but we know he has separated from his wife of 15 years Martha Hancock. On her Twitter account, she has previously ‘liked’ tweets about divorce, which suggests they are currently going through the legal process.
We also know that Matt Hancock is still dating Gina Coladangelo, the aide he was caught kissing on camera in the Department for Health and Social Care back in June 2021. The picture of this clinch led to his resignation as Health Secretary as it showed he was breaking his own social distancing rules intended to guard against Covid.
Who is Martha Hancock?
Not a great deal is known about Martha Hancock, who has managed to stay out of the spotlight despite her husband’s high-profile political career. An osteopath, she met Matt Hancock while the pair were studying at Oxford University in the late 1990s.
Her maiden name was Martha Hoyer Millar, and she is the granddaughter of the 1st Baron Ichyra, while her great-grandfather was the 1st Viscount Camrose - a media baron who co-owned newspapers including The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph.
Martha Hancock had three children with her ex-husband - a girl and two boys.
In June 2021 when his affair with Gina Coladangelo had been revealed by The Sun, Matt Hancock is reported to have told his wife there and then that he would be ending their marriage.
He immediately moved out of the London home he shared with Martha Hancock and into his constituency home in West Suffolk. Later that summer, Hancock was seen collecting more of his belongings from his London home, with Martha passing things to him so that the disgraced MP did not cross the threshold.
Since the split, Martha Hancock appears to have turned against the Conservative Party. She has liked several tweets that celebrated Boris Johnson’s demise.
Who is Gina Coladangelo?
Gina Coladangelo, 45, also met Matt Hancock while at Oxford University. The pair studied the same course - philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) - and appeared together on student radio station Oxygen FM.
They had remained friends ever since but had gone into relationships with other people. While Hancock married Martha Hoyer Millar, Coladangelo had a brief marriage to property lawyer Glynn Gibb, before wedding Oliver Bonas founder and owner Oliver Tress in 2009.
She had three children with Mr Tress during their 11-year marriage.
The businessperson and lobbyist was serving as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care when her affair with Hancock was caught on camera. Earning £15,000, she was allowed to attend confidential meets with civil servants between 2020 and 2021.
This role came despite her being a shareholder in PR and lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, which offers clients a “deep understanding of the mechanics of government”. She was also the marketing and communications director for Oliver Bonas at the time.
When the revelations about her affair with Hancock became public, Ms Coladangelo was seen leaving the £4.5 million London home she shared with her ex-husband.
She has been spotted at several public events with Hancock since, as the pair have continued their relationship. They also took on a sponsored walk to the summit of Mont Blanc in the summer of 2022 to raise money for WIllow - a charity providing support to seriously ill young adults.
Hancock has said he is looking forward to seeing her on the famous I’m a Celeb bridge when he eventually departs the show.