BB2's Narinder Kaur's book, Big Brother: The Inside Story is being serialised by the News of the World, in 3 parts, starting today.
And it is making some sensational claims.
Today's first installment includes:
- BB6's Sam Heuston was left so depressed after her eviction that she slashed her wrists in front of her dad. Despite her suicide bids, Endemol told Sam they’d have to charge her to talk to a counsellor.
Sam said at first the buzz of coming out of the house was amazing — as she started a torrid fling with Blue’s Duncan James. “The hype and attention was out of this world. And I had a few celeb s***s, I was a lesbian for a week ..'
- BB5's Makosi Musambasi says BB didn’t prepare her for how much people could hate her.
She says, “I am a Christian and I was asked to stop going to church. I didn’t stop but they would point at me and said I had a bad spirit in me, a demon. All because I wore a bikini and because I had sex in the Jacuzzi.
“No one from my culture has ever gone on Big Brother and so when they give you the Talk of Doom how could they warn me about how Zimbabwe would take it if I wore a bikini?''
- BB2's Amma became depressed when the offers for work and cash dried up after the show and she returned to table-dancing. she says, “I got to talk to the psychologist on the phone. I didn’t get a face to face. I desperately needed help and I swear to God all he said was “I think you’re being silly, pull yourself together.”
- BB1's Melanie Hill also said she was completely unprepared. She says, “A producer of the show called me a few days later and at the wrap party I said to him, ‘what the hell have you done to me? I’m the most hated woman in Britain’.
“He said something like, ‘When Nick went we needed another fall guy’. They were genuinely worried though.”
She was given security for several weeks.
- BB6's Anthony Hutton says his looks have been changed for life after he was attacked in a nightclub.
However he says, “Ninety-nine per cent of it is good and the amount of girls I get! Mind you I f***ed a lot before Big Brother. Girls love a bloke off the telly — it’s so shallow but I love it.
“My mates have even got laid on the back of me, if I’m not interested they get them. There’s one mate who hasn’t missed a personal appearance yet, he’s been to all of them because of the girls ...'
- BB5's Victor Ebuwa also loved the attention when he came out of the house.
He says, “Personal appearances were chaotic. Chicks baying for my blood. One that I went to with my three mates, the chicks found out what hotel I was staying at and I came back and opened my hotel bedroom door and there was a girl lying naked in my bed.
Full article, NOTW, 13/05/07.
Creative director for Endemol Phil Edgar-Jones defended the show and said every contestant receives a “Talk of Doom” - warning them of what could happen to them if they go on Big Brother.
He added: “At that stage in their life they wanted to do Big Brother and they wanted a change in their life. If life goes wrong afterwards, I think the Big Brother problem is a contributing factor but there’s lots of things that have nothing to do with Big Brother and it’s dangerous to blame just one thing.
“The people who are most disappointed are the ones who think they will win and are voted out in the first two weeks. I don’t think that’s necessarily the programs fault. What we never set out to do is make someone a star.
“We are under a lot of pressure to make a good programme, and yes, the show is edited, but however much you are edited your real personality does come through.
“We walk a very fine line and we know what we do. We take our responsibilities very seriously.
“We aren’t bad people – we don’t want anyone to get hurt physically or mentally.
“It’s only a TV show for Christ’s sake.”