I'm A Celebrity: Can Mo Farah read? Fans confused as Shane Ritchie reads letter instead!

Mo Farah got his hands on his luxury item in the I’m A Celebrity castle, however fans were left confused when Shane Ritchie read the letter…

As this year’s ITV series gets underway, the 12 celebrities were surprised with their luxury items on the fifth night.

They ranged from a pillow, a hairbrush, mascara, to more sentimental items, like a personalised mug and in Mo’s case, a letter from his children.

So why did Shane Ritchie read out the letter instead of Mo Farah? Let’s explore whether the athlete can read or not…

Screenshot: Mo being read his letter, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Series 20 Episode 5, ITV

Mo receives his luxury item on I’m A Celeb

After new campmates Ruthie Henshall and Russell Watson carried out pranks to win the celebrities their luxury items, Mo was first to receive his.

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He opened the large sheet of white paper with several drawings and words on them, and revealed it is from his kids.

Shane, who was sat next to him, was stunned with how it looked, and Mo went on to ask him if he wants to read it.

Several campmates were in tears when hearing the words on the luxury item, and Mo thanked Shane for reading it for him.

Can Mo Farah read?

  • Although it hasn’t been confirmed, it is likely that Mo Farah can read

When he first moved to England from Somalia at the age of 8, he initially struggled with the language barrier and spoke very little English.

Mo has now written 5 books, such as Twin Ambitions – My Autobiography, 3 children’s books in his Go Mo Go range and Ready Steady Mo.

While he is a very successful athlete, he is also very clever – in fact, he is the only person who has ever beaten ITV’s The Cube.

So it looks like Mo just asked Shane to read the letter for sentimental sake!

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Fans react to Mo’s luxury item

While Mo’s luxury item touched the celebrity’s hearts, it didn’t exactly seem to have the same effect on the majority of viewers.

Many were disappointed that the athlete hadn’t chosen a certain food…



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