Cage fighter Alex Reid said he was looking forward to spending time with girlfriend Katie Price today after being crowned Celebrity Big Brother champion.
The 34-year-old also said he hoped to “clear the air” with the glamour model’s former husband Peter Andre.
Reid charmed the public and won the last ever Celebrity Big Brother beating singer Dane Bowers, who previously dated Price, into second place.
Football hardman turned Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones, 45, came third and said of winner Reid: “I taught him everything I know.”
Reid emerged grinning from the house wearing a jacket and jeans and punched the air while descending the stairs to the Rocky theme tune.
He waved to the crowd and appeared overwhelmed by his win, repeatedly saying: “Wow”.
In a remarkable turnaround, Reid polled 65% of the public vote.
Price sensationally dumped Reid on ITV reality show 'I’m a Celebrity…' but the pair reconciled and the model and mother of three was at the studio last night to greet him.
Speaking later on E4’s spin-off show Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Price said: “He’s the love of my life and he knows that.”
Reid told reporters that being apart from Price was the most difficult aspect of being on the show and revealed his fears of rejection.
He said: “Missing Katie was the hardest thing. When you get all that thinking time, I was thinking is she going to be waiting for me when I come out?
“It’s silly, it’s a normal human reaction. I knew deep down she would be and the proof is in the pudding,” he added, pointing at a smiling Price sitting nearby.
Asked if he’d like to mend bridges with Australian singer Andre – father of Junior, four, and Princess, two, and stepfather to Harvey, seven, Price’s son by footballer Dwight Yorke – Reid said: “Absolutely, I’d like nothing more than to meet up with him and clear the air... because there are children involved it makes sense. I’ve got nothing against him, he’s a good dad.”
Price added that having dated both Celebrity Big Brother winner Reid and runner-up Bowers proved she had good taste in men.
“The two guys I’ve been with have been the last two (in the show). They are genuine guys, I don’t go for s***heads, basically,” she said.
Reid also said he was thrilled to be offered help with forging an acting career by fellow housemates Jones and Stephen Baldwin.
He said: “It’s totally amazing, I’m flabbergasted and really happy they are doing that. I didn’t go in there to network, I went in there to show myself but came out with all these amazing gifts.”
Third place contestant, Jones, gained a reputation for bossiness on the show, but told presenter Davina McCall he had been merely trying to keep order in the house.
He said: “I think I brought the locker room banter into the place and was digging a few people out. I was having my own fun.”
Shown the clips laying bare other housemates’ views on him, especially Sisqo, he said: “The truth hurts sometimes”, adding: “Sisqo was the only man in the place that made me cry with laughter”.
He then joked: “Slippery suckers”.
Referring to some other housemates’ accusations that he was too controlling, he said: “I was just trying to keep order in the house, a lot of people were selfish, especially around the fridge. I’ve been a captain all my life. I just wanted to keep stability in the house.”
Talking about cage fighter Reid, he said: “I gave him a lot of banter. I taught him everything I know in the garden. The Reid name is gone. Rocky is going to be the man.”
He added: “I had a great time with Rocky. The changing room banter with Rocky has been fantastic.”
Runner-up Bowers said being in the house had given him “more confidence”.
Referring to his skills in the kitchen, he said: “I was happy because I got to cook. I was really missing cooking.”
Bowers, who was nicknamed Mini Vinnie in the house, also spoke warmly of his friendship with Jones.
He said: “I absolutely loved it, even loved the punishments.”