Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Roxanne Pallett speaks out via spokesperson after exit
Roxanne Pallett’s spokesperson has issued a statement after the former Emmerdale star quit Celebrity Big Brother this morning.
Her exit was announced after she was seen in last night’s live show saying in the Diary Room that she was willing to walk.
It caps off a frankly ugly week for the actress, who has been embroiled in a Stormy Daniels-dwarfing controversy around a playfighting incident with Ryan Thomas; which led to her accusing him of violence and demanding his ejection. 11,000 Ofcom complaints and overwhelming public backlash soon followed.
“Roxanne decided to leave the CBB house late last night after deliberating for two days with some sensitive issues she felt strongly about,” a rep told The Sun.
“She has now been reunited with her fiancé and family and thanks everyone for their support during her time in the show.”
The initial statement from CBB had read simply: “Roxanne has decided to leave the BB House. The remaining housemates have been informed.”
Stars of both Emmerdale and Coronation Street (Roxanne was in the former; Ryan the latter) have taken Ryan’s side over the furore, and Nicola McLean raged on BBBOTS: “She’s seen it as a storyline and that’s what I’m disgusted by, disgusted. I’m absolutely furious because do you know what? In the light of #MeToo and that, every woman is campaigning for domestic violence – and men – how dare she go and do that? How dare she?
“When this guy has been nothing but brilliant for the whole show, and she’s doing this for a storyline and I don’t give a shit what anyone says, I know Roxanne, I’ve worked with her before and I liked her before this but fuck off, it’s disgusting.”
A spokesperson for Women’s Aid, meanwhile, has urged caution when casting judgement against Roxanne.
“Play fighting may not seem serious but if you have been in an abusive relationship it can seem frightening and even trigger memories of the abuse,” they said.
“Domestic abuse means you don’t feel safe in your home environment, and as a woman who has previously spoken about being in a violent and abusive relationship, Roxanne clearly did not feel comfortable going to sleep in the same room as someone who had physically hurt her, even if that was not his intention.”
Celebrity Big Brother continues nightly on Channel 5.