Ryan Thomas admits he was ‘really scared’ during Roxanne Pallett ordeal

RYAN Thomas was triumphantly crowned winner of Celebrity Big Brother on Monday night, after a rollercoaster journey during his time in the house.

The former Coronation Street hunk found himself at the centre of controversy with housemate Roxanne Pallett, 35, after she accused him of punching her several times “like a boxer”, during what he claimed was a simple play fight.

The incident sent shockwaves across the UK, with many rushing to the actor’s defence after witnessing him break down in the diary room when he was informed that Roxanne had raised the issue with Big Brother, claiming she felt unsafe.

And, after his eagerly awaited exit from the house on Monday night, 34-year-old Ryan revealed the full impact the whole ordeal had on him.

Speaking to show host Rylan Clark-Neal on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, the dad-of-one explained: “We have to look forward and not dwell on that [The Roxanne Pallet incident].

“We can’t think about the bad times.

“It was the only time I was really scared and I think anyone in my position would have been the same.”

Thankfully, the star admitted that his housemates managed to get him through the whole ordeal.

“Everyone around me and the friends in there, they supported me, I couldn’t have done it without them guys.”

After demanding Ryan be removed from the house following the incident, Roxanne later decided to leave.

She then issued a public apology for her behaviour.

Appearing on Jeremy Vine, the former Emmerdale star explained she had looked back on the footage and realised she had made wrongful claims.

“Everything in that house becomes heightened, a look, an action, a comment. All I can say is in the moment, it felt worse than it was,” she said.

“It was the word deliberately that I regret, massively.

“I massively apologise to not only Ryan, but his friends, his family, his fans, every single person who watched that and who justifiably saw an overreaction to what wasn’t a malicious act. Because I am sensitive, I mistook what was playful”.

She added: “There was no malicious intention behind that, and that is what I apologise for because I shouldn’t have questioned his motivation. I got it wrong.”


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