Brian Dowling has shed some light on Nadia Almada’s time in the Ultimate Big Brother house.
The 32 year old TV presenter won the show last Friday and was shocked to learn that former housemate Nadia had attempted suicide the night before. She claims it was because she was so badly treated by the public after her eviction and also points a finger at Big Brother staff for editing out incidents where she was bullied by American rap star Coolio.
But Brian says that the BB5 winner was not what she seemed. He told The Sun:
“Nadia has always been one of my favourite winners – she’s my Ultimate Housemate. But living with her was not what I thought it would be. There was lots of yelling. When she left I was like, ‘What is going on?’ It’s really weird that she’s not having a great time. I want to call her and be a shoulder for her to lean on. I can’t help thinking what I could have done.
“Her problems with Coolio were kicking off but I didn’t know much. I was in my own little bubble. Everyone goes through their own bull**** but she’s not been that happy and I’ve no idea why.”
Brian also admitted that he had worried about returning to the show that launched his career. He said that he feared fans would turn against him, as they had on Jade Goody when she returned to Celebrity Big Brother before her death. He added:
People expected me to be in and I was worried I wasn’t going to be asked. I thought I was too obvious. I was one of the last people they checked in with.
I had the Jade Goody thing going on in the back of my mind – people waiting for you to f*** it up. But I thought there was nothing I could lose. I’m still the same person pretty much as I was ten years ago. Viewers liked me then, why wouldn’t they still?