Gail Porter: CBB was the worst thing ever
Gail Porter claims living in the Celebrity Big Brother house was even worse than being sectioned.
The TV star appeared in the most recent series of the programme, which saw former The Apprentice contestant James Hill win.
There was some shock when Gail was confirmed for the show as she's battled mental health problems in the past, including being forced into care after an alleged suicide bid. She has suffered depression and self harm issues in the past, been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and lost her hair to alopecia, but jokes that pales into insignificance when it comes to her time on CBB.
"The worst thing ever. And I should know, I’ve been sectioned under the Mental Health Act," she laughed to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
Gail was regularly seen breaking down in tears while in the house, especially when she heard she had been nominated for eviction by those she was living with. She insists she wasn't as upset as it seemed, suggesting things were edited to make her look like she cried a lot.
"When they first suggested it I thought, 'No. Yes. Should I?'" she explained. "But then I thought, it’s only three weeks. In the end, those weeks were like dog years - endless. I didn’t know what day it was. It was tough."
Making things particularly hard for the 44-year-old star were her other housemates. This year there was a group from the UK and some from the US, and there was often tension.
Among the American stars were Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham - who was involved in a vicious bust-up with former Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace during an appearance on Big Brother's Bit on the Side last week (beg21Sep15) - Jenna Jameson and Janice Dickinson.
Gail found them hard to handle, not least because they were so loud. She's also been surprised by how much the stint has affected her everyday life.
"It was like Lord of the Flies and The Truman Show (the film where the lead character’s life turns out to be a giant reality show)," she explained.
"(Now) it’s like living in a soap. I like a chat anyway, but my Sainsbury’s (supermarket) shopping time has gone from half an hour to about two since I came out of the house."
- Cover Media