ith just 10 days to go before voters head to the polls, Mr Corbyn opened up about his private life in what may be a welcome change from grillings over policies.
The Labour leader sat down with Alex Jones and Ore Oduba on BBC’s The One Show and discussed his childhood, hobbies and leadership qualities.
Mr Corbyn’s slot on the sofa follows Mrs May’s own appearance on the show earlier this month.
He brought with him family photos, discussed his family and upbringing but appeared without his wife 48-year-old Laura Alvarez, contrasting Mrs May who appeared with her husband.
Mr Corbyn’s slot on the sofa follows Mrs May’s own appearance on the show earlier this month
As pollsters predicted the gap narrowing between Labour and the Conservatives, the candidate for No 10 revealed he never set out in life to become prime minister.
He said: “I think if you are to lead, you have to be prepared to listen as well, and I enjoy that.
"Did I ever set out in life to become prime minister? No. I set out in life to try and change things and bring about greater justice in our society.
"And I was elected leader of our party, re-elected leader of our party, I'm honoured and proud to lead the party and I'm giving it everything I can to win this election."
Mr Corbyn has revealed he was “free-spirited” as a child
7pm: Presenters Alex Jones and Ore Oduba begin by asking Mr Corbyn a soundbite which emerged from Mrs May’s interview – if there are boy and girl jobs in his house, which he denied.
7.04pm: Asked over the infamous hedge outside his home, which he is frequently photographed ducking, he revealed it was a lump of concrete before.
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Growing outside his home in Islington, he said: "You have got to let the plants grow a bit, then you prune them back."
He said the land had been concreted over and it was the "devil's own job" to turn it back into a garden.
Mrs May received criticism over aspects of her home life
Did I ever set out in life to become prime minister? No
7.06pm: Mr Oduba said Mr Corbyn was criticised as ”more of an activist" than a potential prime minister.
In response Mr Corbyn said: "Is there a difference? I have been active in politics, human rights and many things all my life.
When quizzed over his thoughts at the prospect of leading the country, he replied he felt “hope of what we can do and hope of the way we can change things in this country."
Mr Corbyn has revealed he was “free-spirited” as a child as he shares black and white family photos, including one of him as a young child.
Talking about him in reins, he said: "I was a bit free-spirited and I kept climbing out of the pram and running off."
And he seemingly joked about the Radio Four interview, saying his left hand in the photo was poised to pull some notes out of his pocket in the snap.
7.07pm: The Labour leader said he had a “great deal of thanks” for the support of his nearest and dearest, saying intrusion into his life was part of the job, but he objected his family being subjected to intense scrutiny by the media.
Jeremy Corbyn in pictures Tue, July 12, 2016
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a community meeting at the Guru Har Rai Gurdwara Sahib temple
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Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an anti-racism rally in London
7.14pm: He said his biggest change as a person came in his attitudes.
Mr Corbyn said: “I think the more you go trough life the less judgemental you are.”
He enjoyed meeting different people and found their life views and stories “fascinating”.
Mr Corbyn said he was Sunday paper copy in his youth in rural Shropshire.
Praising his grandfather, he said he learnt a lot from him.
Mr Corbyn said he was Sunday paper copy in his youth in rural Shropshire
7.15pm: His family taught him to “think for ourselves, read for ourselves, and do for ourselves.”
The MP has said he was not academic at school, leaving with two E’s at A-level, to which Mr Corbyn said he “has the certificates at home” to prove it.
A vegetarian, he spent time in Jamaica with the VSO, Voluntary Service Overseas, where he worked in several places including a theatre.
7.25pm: Asked about a photo of him in an Arsenal scarf, he quipped 10-year-olds were easier to handle than parliament.
7.27pm: He said there was “something magic” about owning an allotment and growing your own produce, as he presented the One Show with a jar of his homegrown jam.
Praising his grandfather, he said he learnt a lot from him
The Labour leader graced the sofa on the BBC’s programme at 7pm, just hours after a car-crash interview on Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour.
He repeatedly failed to answer a question about how much his flagship childcare policy would cost and was filmed reaching for his iPad as he stumbled with the figures before eventually agreeing the figure was around £5.3billion.
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to provide 30 hours of free childcare for all children aged two to four as one of his key policies.
Tuesday's interview also comes just a day after he went head-to-head with Theresa May in front of a live studio audience.
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The pair were grilled by veteran broadcaster Jeremy Paxman on a range of subjects including Brexit, a drone strike, policy U-turns, benefits, schools and the monarchy.
The Prime Minister appeared alongside her husband Philip May who was billed as her ‘secret weapon’ in the run-up to the election.
In stark contrast, 68-year-old Mr Corbyn is appearing without his wife, 48-year-old Laura Alvarez, after previously saying his family was “completely out of bounds” during the campaign.
Mrs May received criticism over aspects of her home life which were revealed during the interview.
She said there were “boy jobs and girl jobs” in their household, which some voters branded sexist.