Ultimate Big Brother: Marco Sabba ‘Nadia Almada is a genuine suicide risk’

by Lisa McGarry

Marco Sabba has claimed that Nadia Almada is close to suicide, after being evicted from Ultimate Big Brother last night.

Marco was the fourth person to be evicted from BB4 and returned to the house for a dance task last week.

Tonight, he took to an the DS forum to express his concern for his friend Nadia and claimed that unseen confrontations with and comments made by Coolio have driven her to despair.

Sabba claims that the American rapper continually insulted Nadia about her gender and sexuality and that Big Brother covered up his behaviour and failed to air the most upsetting scenes. He wrote:

I am writing this as a deeply concerned friend of Nadia’s. She is devastated following last night’s eviction and returned home to find her car egged and abusive letters through the door. I have never seen her in this state.

It is most concerning that the public was misled in regards to the dispute with Coolio. He made deeply offensive, homophobic comments continuously to her and the other housemates regarding gender and sexuality for many days on end which were not broadcast. It was made to be seen that Coolio left the house after Nadia erratically confronted him about hiding her shoes. This was not the case. Coolio was on his third and final warning from Big Brother about abusive and threatening behaviour. By this point Nadia had suffered a panic attack and was mentally beginning to breakdown. Not broadcast. It was made to seem that Coolio asked BB to leave the house. He was in fact *asked* to leave the Big Brother house by Sharon Powers. If Coolio had made similar comments regarding race, BB would have been obliged to show the dispute in FULL. The transphobic slurs made and broadcast on Big Mouth and BBLB merely reinforce BB’s position that homophobia and transphobia is fully permitted and encouraged by the BB platform. As a result, it has been made to look that Coolio asked to leave the house on the flippant actions of Nadia enraged over a pair of shoes – instead of after days and days of abuse. Her moods following Coolio’s departure were a knock-on effect from his time in the house. It was also not broadcast that Coolio intimidated and threatened Nadia with talks of a stabbing earlier in his youth.

She feels her life is now ruined and the goodwill built from her earlier stay in the house has been destroyed. I am writing this as a deeply concerned friend in the hope that Endemol will do something to address this, please. I can only hope Nadia will forgive me for writing this on a public forum but there is no doubt in my mind that she is now at genuine suicide risk. She has understandably lost all trust in the producers and does not want to speak with Stephen Flett (the esteemed psychologist who approved and put through contestants such as Shahbaz and Alexandra). The only further reproach will be legal action and complaints to OFCOM regarding flagrant unfair portrayal. I am asking Endemol to help Nadia Almada.

However, some members of the forum weren’t convinced by Marco’s claims. One wrote:

Some friend you are. Contact the medical profession if you’re that worried about her, not a bloody chat forum on the internet. All this ‘justification’ means jack shit! see a lawyer, sue endemol/coolio/the whole of channel 4 .. whatever!

So we’d love to hear what you think. Was Nadia truly betrayed by Endemol and Channel 4, or is this a clever piece of damage limitation by one of Nadia’s closest friends?

As always, you can leave your comments on the issue below.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!