BIG BROTHER RELEASES STATEMENT AFTER HOUSEMATE'S PAST TWEETS RESURFACE
ITV and Big Brother have released a statement after problematic tweets from latest evictee Trish resurfaced online this weekend.
Trish will not appear on tonight's (Sunday 12th November) Big Brother Late & Live as planned. A Big Brother spokesperson said: "This weekend, we have been made aware of concerning historical tweets...
"We are currently looking into why they were not identified by the independent supplier we engage to review the digital footprint of potential Housemates as part of our pre-checks."
Trish also released a statement on Instagram, which can be read in full here. She says: "I'm aware that some very concerning old tweets of mine have re-surfaced, and I would like to sincerely apologise for the harmful stereotypes I perpetuated and the pain I have caused to the marginalised communities and groups of people mentioned...
"There are no excuses for the ignorance that I showed and I am deeply disappointed, embarrassed and ashamed that I once made such comments. I have come a very long way since by educating myself and being educated by others on the impact and harm those views cause."
Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX. Read Trish's pre-series interview below...
What made you apply to be a Big Brother housemate?
I always wanted to apply back in the day, my friends would always be like ‘I think you'd be good in there, you're quite mouthy’! When I saw it was coming back I thought it was the universe telling me something so I just went for it.
Also because I want to humanise refugees and immigrants, especially in this political climate. I want people to see that behind the stats and figures, there are real humans. We are important simply because we exist, not only when we participate in capitalism. We matter because we are alive and breathing - no human is illegal!
What part of the experience are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to the challenges in the game and the team work. I'm really competitive, even at things where I know I may not be great. I just look forward to participating and giving it my best.
How would your friends and family describe you?
Responsibly crazy. Definitely opinionated. Really funny, and I guess argumentative and reliable.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself...
I speak three languages - English, French and Lingala, a native Congolese language.
What are you most likely to get nominated for?
Being argumentative and getting involved in other people’s arguments trying to save them!
What would you do with the prize money if you won?
I think my first priority is to sort out my housing situation. The housing crisis is just ridiculous and my housing situation has been unstable. It brings me a lot of mum guilt because I've got a young child. It’s my biggest incentive and motivation to win.
Who would be your dream celebrity to live with?
Kelechi Okafor, Cardi B and Jeremy Corbyn.