Former boxer Evander Holyfield was the first of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother housemates to be evicted, however, many viewers believed he should’ve been booted from the house after he told fellow housemate Luisa Zissman, “Gay aint normal.”
And though he later apologised if he’d caused any offence to viewers, it’s been claimed today that the boxing legend once donated £10million to “a controversial US pastor” who apparently preaches that “homosexuality is a curse.”
That claim is made in The Sun today, whose article adds that Evander is “a disciple” of the Reverend Creflo Dollar – who’s based in Atlanta, Georgia – who preaches that homosexuality is a “sexual perversion.”
When asked about Evander’s generous contribution, Dollar told the paper, “I’m as comfortable as I would be by someone whose tithe is five dollars.”
But as mentioned, Evander apologised for his homophobic remarks, saying, “I kind of felt I was talking to one person and I was telling that person my view and my mind wasn’t thinking (about the cameras).
“I do owe an apology for what I said because I really wasn’t trying to talk about somebody.
“She asked me and I thought I was helping her with my view personally.
“So I am going to make an apology because I am sorry to anybody I’ve offended.”
He continued, “The point of Big Brother, I thought, was to share some of my life.
“They can accept it or not, but I wasn’t trying to push something on anyone. This is what I think, but it wasn’t to the whole world.”
On a lighter note, when asked how he felt about the fact that Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor had decided to evict him rather than Luisa, he said, “I wasn’t happy about that.
“I’m a winner and I’ve been trying to win. “Unfortunately, it was something that I thought was going to be up to the public but it was switched over to the house.
“They try and win and I was trying to win myself too. If I thought it was housemates, I never would have got in it.
“I kind of felt I had a good rapport with the public, and that was my only chance.”
Were you glad to see Evander go?
Here’s a reminder of his time in the house…