It’s been revealed today that Celebrity Big Brother housemate Bruce Jones – who formerly starred in ITV soap Coronation Street – is apparently the “lowest paid” of all of this year’s housemates…
And in another report, it’s been claimed that Bruce thinks he could well once again turn to drink during his time on the show.
First, of the Daily Mirror’s claim that Bruce is the lowest paid of this year’s CBB contestants, the paper’s article states, “Bruce, 60, turned down £55,000 to appear on the Channel 5 show last year.”
It goes on to say, “But Vicky Entwistle, who played battle-axe Janice [in Corrie] is among the highest earners on £150,000.”
Since leaving Coronation Street in 2007, Bruce has of course battled the booze and has had depression, and in addition to the breakdown of his marriage, he’s also faced desperate financial problems with recent reports claiming that before his stint in the CBB house, he’d been earning just £120 a week as a mechanic.
Apropos of his problems with booze, as mentioned above, the Daily Star reports that before he went into the house, Bruce indicated that he may drink during his time on the show.
He said, “I’ll probably have a drink in the house. I just won’t go mad.”
He added, “I’ve now learned that I don’t need to drink for the reasons I’ve drunk in the past.
“If I go for a drink now, it’s on a Saturday watching the football.
“I’ll have a couple of pints, watch the match, go home and have my tea. I’ve never been medically told I am an alcoholic.
“And when I went into rehab I was checked out, didn’t drink for eight weeks and I didn’t even want to drink.
“I just wanted to know what was wrong with me and they found out and helped me get better…
“First of all, I never knew that I had depression, I didn’t know why.
“I went into rehab for it and they explained why I was drinking.
“I was so suppressive, it took them a fortnight to get it out of me.”
The paper adds, “Bruce is hoping his stint on CBB will show fans he has turned his life around.”
He continued, “I’m a hell of a lot stronger now. The corner’s turned now and I’m back where I want to be.
“It was a difficult time but I’ve got through it and I’ve been lucky enough to do some documentaries, so I’m just ploughing on.
“I’ve got through it all.”
And finally, he remarked, “I feel a bit nervous about being back on TV but I’ve gone through it all before.
“In a way, doing Big Brother could be like reinventing myself.”
Here’s a look at Bruce in the house…