The former rugby stars used to play for England with Mike. The two of them have a long history of friendship, according to Hello magazine. Along with Alex Payne, they have a podcast together called The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.
Mike also turned to James, who took part in the 2019 series of I’m A Celebrity, for advice before appearing on the ITV show.
Speaking about Mike recently on Good Morning Britain, James said: “Mike is very capable, and he’s a very calm guy. He doesn’t suffer fools but he’s much more relaxed than I am.”
Asked whether Mike will “mind what he says,” James replied: “Yes I think so, you always do. But Mike is quite a private guy anyway. He’s part of one of the most famous and best families in the world.”
Mike and Alex’s love of rugby saw the guys come together on their hugely popular podcast, which debuted at No. 1 in the Apple charts before releasing its first episode.
They launched the podcast in 2020 and now have a very impressive three million listeners and over 20 million online viewers. Alex recently spoke up about Mike’s reasons for saying yes to I’m A Celebrity.
He told The Sun: “It’s not like he’s sitting there in a pile of money. He’s a guy who’s in the public eye and that’s where he earns his money.
“Mike’s primary source of income is public speaking, and he goes out and does dinners. He’s on the sporting circuit but it’s worth remembering that in the last two years there hasn’t been pretty much a day’s work for people in that sort of industry, entertainment and hospitality industry.”
Prince William might be related to Mike by marriage thanks to his cousin Zaran but over the years, the pair have been seen hanging out with each other – whether that’s at a rugby game, family events or polo matches.
The sports star previously shared details of their bond, saying the future king is a pro when it comes to sprinting: “Willy’s quick. I’ve raced him, he’s quick, he has really fast leg speed,” he said.
Mike also commented on Princess Kate’s running skills, explaining: “She loves running, she can run all day. Engine!”
Unlikely friends, Ronan and Mike regularly hang out at each other’s homes with their families. In an interview with Hello magazine, the Boyzone star confessed he has been there for Mike every evening when he sits down to watch the show at home.
The musician said: “He’s the most decent, honest, good human being. He’ll always be there for the underdog, he’s a hero, he’s a great guy, we love him, he’s a favourite in this household to win.”
Ronan also revealed he was chatting to the doting dad just hours before he entered the competition, saying: “I was speaking to Mike the day before he went in when he was down in Sydney. He was in great form and he was so excited.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK