Make No Mistake

By Jack Maynard

Jack's story, in his own words, for the first time

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In 2017, Jack Maynard became a contestant in - and was abruptly chucked out of - ITVs reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Here! The scandal which engulfed his very public downfall not only revealed the serious mistakes which he had made online as a teenager, but also changed the way many young people considered their digital footprint. After making heartfelt apologies for his offensive tweets, Jack has had to come to terms with every teenager's reality, which is that if you make a mistake online, it will be there for the world to see forever.

Make No Mistake is part memoir, part guide to a life lived on online, and partly a reassurance to young people that, no matter how badly you have screwed up, you can recover, with the right attitude.

Chapters include:

  • Early Years
  • Sibling Wars
  • Conor’s Rise to Fame
  • Bristol & Growing My Own Confidence
  • London Calling & Kickstarting YouTube
  • Overnight Success & Carving My Own Career
  • I’m a Celebrity, Get Me The Hell Out of Here
  • The Storm
  • The Impact
  • Recovery
  • Advice

Jack has worked to rebuild his career and he is passionate about spreading the message of digital awareness. His story shows just how quickly the internet can both make and break a career. It underlines how young people and their parents need to be educated in how they use their online platforms, and offers support for every young person who has messed up in front of everyone they care about.

Jack’s experiences are unique, but he lives as many young people do - online, on his wits, and in public. This story could only have happened in this brave new digital world, but a version of it could happen to anyone. Here's how to enjoy life online, and make sure you live to tell the tale.

As a Global Ambassador for the Make A Wish Foundation (registered charity 295672/SC037479), Jack will be donating a percentage of his profits from the book to the charity, so he can continue to raise awareness and help fulfil wishes.

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  • Over 300 pages
  • Colour plate section featuring never-before-seen family photos
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  • Twenty-four-year-old Jack Maynard is a DJ, YouTuber and TV presenter, with an international following of over 3 million fans. Beginning his career in TV presenting, Jack quickly saw opportunities in YouTube content creation, creating and growing his YouTube channel to amass over 1 million subscribers within the first year. In 2017, he ventured into DJing, becoming the first ever digital talent to perform at a UK festival - The Isle of Wight festival - which lead to him sell out his very own headline show at The O2 Academy, London.

    In late 2018, Jack toured the UK with his ‘Headlines’ show, selling out up and down the country. Jack is also one part of the parody music group GOAT, alongside his brother Conor. GOAT have produced three hits records, all of which have landed in the UK Top 40 and and been downloaded and viewed millions of times.

    Jack is proud to have been involved with Stand Up To Cancer and Comic Relief annually, and is a Global Ambassador for the Make A Wish Foundation. Jack has spent the last year working closely with the foundation and wish children. He recently documented a wish journey on his YouTube channel, to highlight the work they do.

    This is Jack’s first book.

  • The whole jungle experience is a psychological nightmare which messes with you constantly. At one point, I made it my mission to work out what time it was – that was my mental goal. Call it a rebellious streak, but I just felt like I wanted to beat the game somehow. When you do a trial, the cameramen and any staff aren’t allowed to talk to you. I tried pretty hard to tempt them, but they never said anything back when I talked to them. They also have to cover up their watches or anything which might give us a clue as to what is going on outside. I was about to go on a task and one of the cameramen slipped and I saw his watch. So, I was like right, I’ve got ‘em. I tried to figure out how long it took me to get to the task and how long it took to get back, so when the lights turned on, I’d be able to work out what time that happened every day. It realised it was definitely 7pm and told everyone else. I was so proud of myself and everyone was very impressed with my recon skills. Then of course, the producers heard me because you have a mic on the entire time and you even have to sleep with it. So, the next day, in the middle of the day the lights came on randomly and we lost track immediately. So, my triumph against them didn’t last long. But, I tried! I beat them for a day.

    In the end I was in the jungle for only four days. But they were the longest of my life. I don’t know how I would have done it if I’d been in there until the end three weeks later. I know I would have survived somehow, but it would have felt like months. The amount of things that happened between us all and how close we became in such a short time just makes you realise what an intense experience it was. I’m still so tight with some of my fellow jungle mates now - Toff and Vanessa of course, and I see Jamie, Amir and Dennis all the time. I’ve been to all of Amir’s fights since which has been amazing and Dennis gives me tickets to Chelsea games which is so great! I also speak to Becky a lot, but she lives all the way in Leicester so I don’t see her too much.

    Ironically, day four (my final day) was the day I woke up and felt the best. I remember waking up thinking, ‘ok, I’ve got this. I know I can do it.’ I knew things were going well and I felt like I’d got over the hard bumps of the first few days – the lack of food, how horrible the water was, little things like that. I’d got used to sleeping in a hammock and stinking the whole time. I can remember thinking I was in a pretty good position. While you’re in the camp, you know you’re in competition with each other and I knew the people I worked really well with. Those people have ended up being the ones I’ve stayed closest to, we were a little team between us and that definitely gave us a tactical advantage.. It’s a natural thing to flirt with someone you like but knowing that it was what everyone else wanted us to do kind of made it less awkward. As much as we were enjoying it and we didn’t fake anything, It actually kept us both pretty sane because we had such natural chemistry and lots in common. We lived in the exact same area, had a lot of the same friends and just had the exact same sense of humour, so we didn’t have to force anything at all.

    Around 6am that morning we were woken up and I remember thinking it was so obvious that something was about to happen. No one was allowed to leave the camp in groups of less than three and people were being called off to do tasks, to get the wood for the fire and so on. I remember thinking, ‘why am I the only one here?’ Then from the speakers I heard, ‘Jack can you go to the medical hut.’ The day before I’d had a tick bite – and I guessed they wanted to check up on that. Or else they were about to ask me to do a little secret mission or something. I was very, very wrong.

    I will never in my entire life forget that moment. When they told me what was going on at home it felt like the blood had drained from my entire body, but at the same time I was finding it hard to make the information sink in. It almost felt like I had no emotion because it was in such a state of shock. The producers told me that a series of tweets that I’d written when I was younger at school and college and had deleted years before had come out in the press. In addition some messages that I’d sent to a girl I didn’t know on Facebook which were really shitty had also be passed on to the papers. I was 15 when I first started talking to this girl and turned 16 a few few months after. Even so, I knew that I had completely and utterly fucked up. When you’re in the middle of nowhere, going through the experience like I was in the jungle and you have no access to your phone or the internet and something like this happens…it’s like you can’t even comprehend what is going on. It definitely still hadn’t actually hit me that the dream of starting my primetime career was shattered. Absolutely shattered. I finally managed to speak to my manager on someone else’s phone and when I hung up I felt like my head was about to explode. When I eventually arrived back at the hotel which was a few hours drive from the jungle, my phone was going crazy. Pretty much everyone in my life had messaged me or tried to call me – my boys, my mum, everyone was asking if I was ok.

    The only person I called back was Conor because I knew he understood the entertainment industry, press and having a career on the internet more than anyone else. I didn’t want to call mum straightaway – I didn’t have much time before I had to leave to go directly to the airport and I still didn’t have my head straight so I didn’t know what to say to her. When I spoke to Conor, that’s when it hit me. I was like, fucking hell and I just started crying down the phone. It’s probably the only thing I’ve ever cried about as an adult, because I’m not massively emotional like that. But I just felt so out of control and so confused about what I was meant to be feeling and that’s what really set me off.

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