After placing third in the seventh series of Big Brother, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace claimed she asked producers to let her stay in the house.
The model and actress was on the reality show alongside Nikki Grahame and made it to the last day – but she didn’t want to go.
Aisleyne spoke on Friday’s This Morning to discuss her time on Big Brother, which returns to screens this weekend as part of ITV’s relaunch.
She told Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary: ‘I didn’t want to leave.
‘I literally had Stockholm Syndrome.’
She went on: ‘I was begging producers in the diary room, please let me stay, I’ll pay rent.’
‘I just felt safe,’ she added.
‘I was in a cocoon, I felt protected.
‘My life on the outside was quite, you know, I’d been in dangerous situations, I’d slept on park benches, I’d been completely homeless, so being in this bubble where I was protected.
‘I didn’t have to worry about going somewhere and buying food, or paying bills.
‘I just loved it.’
This comes after Aisleyne said how the experience changed her life.
She said in 2018: ‘My experience was definitely life-changing – not necessarily financially, because I’ve always been a grafter and I’d already paid for my tits and my teeth and I was already saving for a deposit for my house. It certainly gave me a boost. But it definitely changed my life.
‘For example, I’d never had a gay friend before I went in there and now I’m like Shirley Bassey. Just socially, it really broadened my horizons. I knew I didn’t have to be a statistic of my environment but it certainly made me realise that I was smarter and more articulate than I realised, because I was from a council estate and I lived in hostels and didn’t really rate myself that highly.
‘But then when I came out, I was getting a lot of love for not just my image, but for my personality. It gave me massive confidence.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1, while Big Brother launches this Sunday at 9pm.