John James tried to run away from the Big Brother house this afternoon, but returned after a few minutes.
The Australian housemate was upset after trying to tell Bristol lass Josie he just wants to be friends with her, leading to a row.
John James was upset as he told Josie: “I never, ever wanted to hurt you.”
He was called to the Diary Room for nominations and suddenly bolted for the fire exit in the garden and disappeared into the camera runs.
Housemates Dave and JJ tried to follow him shouting: “Don’t be stupid” but were stopped by a security guard who told them: “Once you leave you will not be allowed back in the house.”
Josie sat rolling a cigarette on the bench by the fire exit laughing: “He’s an idiot. He’ll be back in a minute. I don’t know why he’s doing this to me.”
All the other housemates believed John James had left because he was worried about nominating his friends to face the public vote for eviction.
Voices could be heard from the camera runs and Josie kept laughing and shouting: “John James if you don’t come back I’ll never speak to you again.”
The other housemates applauded when he reappeared, crying, after a few minutes.
He walked to the Diary Room door but Josie went to talk to him and hugged him as he wept: “I don’t want to hurt you.”
Josie told him: “We’re mates. Don’t go and talk about it in there. I’m in a state of shock over what’s just happened I think.”
They went to chat in the bedroom and Josie got upset as she told him: “You ran away because I fancy you. That’s what it looks like.”
Earlier in the bedroom, the close friends had been curled up in bed together for an afternoon nap.
John James, who has been sharing a bed with Josie, worried after a chat with Ben and Dave that he was leading Josie on, told her he was thinking of moving beds because he did not want the situation to get out of control.
He asked Josie if they were in a similar position to Shabby and Caoimhe. Lesbian squatter Shabby became close friends with Irish student Coaimhe and developed a crush on her, but her feelings were not reciprocated by Caoimhe, who was in a relationship.
Josie got angry and fumed: “Don’t ever compare me to that” and stormed out of the room, which is what sparked their row.