Anne Diamond was today looking forward to her first full day of freedom after becoming the second housemate to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother.
The former TV-am presenter was given the boot by the public last night, but said her children had claimed she was a “cool mum” during the Channel 4 TV show.
Back in the camera filled house, the remaining contestants – comic Sue Perkins, TV quiz show host Les Dennis, ex boy band star Mark Owen and model Melinda Messenger – were awaiting the next eviction.
Sue and Mark will be up against one another for eviction on Thursday after a public poll. They were nominated in an in-house vote last night.
Anne said after after spending an hour with her four sons that her children had told her she came out a “cool mum”.
“They seem to be quite friendly with me,” she said, adding that they told her she had “nothing to worry about”.
Anne said in a press conference after her eviction that while inside she was more worried that the antics in the house were making bad TV.
She said all the housemates thought: “Aren’t they going to be a little bit worried how they’re going to turn this into a real conflict television programme.”
Another reason she was happy to leave was her belief that the Big Brother producers had turned nasty.
The whole experience had been “more than worth it”, but Anne admitted she was glad to be going home.
“Last night I dreamt of being at home instead of Big Brother-type things. I have thought about home all day,” she said.
Of Les Dennis, she said: “I think he’s going to be crying quite soon. The last thing I whispered to him when I left was keep in control, but he’s somebody who likes to wear his heart on his sleeve and he likes being open. I do think he takes things to heart too much.
“He said he feels that the media can’t let him and Amanda (Les’s actress wife) get past the problems they’ve had.
“I think he’ll want to talk more about it. The stuffing’s been knocked out of him and I don’t think he’ll ever get back to the word confident.”
Anne said she had been determined not to overeat.
“All my friends said whenever they were watching Big Brother everyone eats all the time, well there’s fuck all else to do.
She added: “I actually think I’ve lost a couple of pounds. Looking back, those TV clips make me feel very confident. I’m going to lose a couple more stones in the next couple of months.”
On her other fellow contestants Anne said she would like to meet them all again and revealed that she and Les were going to try and organise a reunion.
Mark “was absolutely gorgeous” and she would have gone for him “on another time or another planet”.
Sue was “extremely funny” and Mel was “really ambitious” and “a real cutie”.
Goldie, who was the first to be evicted from the house, was “a fascinating character” that she had a soft spot for.
Big Brother said the public vote between Sue and Anne had been extremely close.
A total of 144,536 voted, with 73,063 for Anne’s eviction, 50.6%, and 71,743, or 49.4% for Sue’s.