Big Brother 2012: Luke A Interview: “I feel like a weight has been lifted, I will give £5K to Adam, I should have argued more and Caroline is a bully!”(INTERVIEW)
So, Big Brother 2012 has come to an end, and the British public have crowned Luke A as this year’s winner.
The transsexual chef beat his new best friend, Adam, to the final post, scooping the £50,000 prize money after Luke S finished 5th, Sara 4th and Deana came third.
Luke A had formed a tight bond with runner up Adam, so much so that when coming second to him, Adam insisted to Brian Dowling:
“He’s my boy, I have no problem, I feel great! I ain’t homeless, I ain’t living on the street and I had the opportunity to be here.”
We caught up with Luke A this morning to find out about how he felt about his victory and life inside the house.
The first question we asked Luke was how he was feeling after winning the competition, and the £50,000 prize money:
“I feel over the moon, completely shocked, but over the moon. I didn’t expect to be in past week two, so to have gotten though to the final and win it is amazing.”
On the subject of his prize money, and the fact that Connor got half, Luke commented:
“I knew someone was going to get it, so it wasn’t a disappointment, and actually to be honest, when I found it was Connor, I was actually really happy with that. Since being out I have seen some things that he had said and done which I am not happy about, but at the time I was really pleased for him.”
And what will he be doing with his share of the money?
“Adam and I said to each other that whoever won would give the other £5,000, so in my eyes I only have £45K as five of it is Adams. As for the rest, I would like to put some of it down for a deposit on a house and to have the scars on my chest fixed; they are quite wide at the moment.”
And what was his worst moment being in the house?
“The camp fire, definitely. Having to sit and nominate to people’s faces and explain why was horrible, it knocks your self-confidence and also makes you question your own integrity and morals. Also, the incident with Becky and the BMI comment. I truly never meant to hurt anybody, and was devastated to know that she had heard what was meant to be a throw-away comment; I was gutted to learn that I had hurt her, and her family, and I tried my best to apologise. I saw her at the wrap party last night, and she came and hugged me, which was unexpected, but nice, so I hope we have moved on.”
And, did he have a catch up with Caroline last night?
“I saw her there but we didn’t speak, no. Caroline was a bully, she upset so many people in the house, she made poor Lauren’s life a living hell in there.”
Were you aware of any of the racist rumours flying around?
“No, but then again I wasn’t really aware of anything to be honest. I had heard a couple of things, but had no idea it was as big as it was.”
What were your reasons for applying to be on the show in the first place?
“To be honest, I had just had an awful day at work and though, why not? My wife had applied, and I guess part of me thought it might be nice to do it together, but then as the application was being processed I started thinking how having someone like me on there might help other people going through similar issues and so if I could help just one person then it would have all been worth it”
Was your transgender transformation common knowledge to everyone back home?
“No. I was actually quite worried going in as I knew I had to tell my housemates, and that there would be quite a few people at home watching who didn’t know either. The only people who really know are my close friends and family. I only told my father-in-law just before coming in, and I work in a large hotel where only my wife knows about it, but after coming out I found out that work threw a party for me and have all been really supportive, as were the housemates, so it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel like a different person, especially after being saved the second time, that made me realise that I had been accepted for who I am, that was really important.”
Do you have any regrets?
“I regret not getting involved in the rows and debates more. I feel that people saw me as a bit of a push-over, when I am not, so I think I should have stuck up for myself a bit more.”
Who will you stay in touch with?
“Adam, of course – although you say that at these things but it isn’t always the case, but I would definitely like it if he was a consistent in my life from now on. There were a few people in the house who I really liked, Sara, Lydia Benedict, Lauren and Deana. Deana really surprised me, I didn’t think we would get on, but then she came over to the smoking area and I actually found her really easy to be around.”
What does the future hold for Luke now?
“Well, I missed my anniversary, I have been married a year now, but me and my wife are going on our honeymoon to Cuba in October, but before then I have a lot of catching up to do with people, and I am looking forward to a big South African BBQ with my family!”
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