Celebrity Big Brother: who is Austin Armacost?

Published Thursday, Aug 27 2015, 22:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
CBB: Austin Armacost

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Who is Austin Armacost?

He's an outspoken American reality TV star who appeared on The A-List: New York, a series that follows the lives of gay and bisexual men in New York City.

"The A List: New York is exactly like The Real Housewives," he says. "There were six men living in New York City and it followed our lives around the Manhattan gay social scene. It was boring if I'm honest but it was a great platform to do great work and that is what I am most proud of."

He's also an ex-boyfriend of fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Now, he's married and lives between the UK and US with his husband. "It's 50/50. My husband got his green card in June so now we go back a lot more. Luckily, America now recognises gay marriage so my husband could emigrate."

Why is he doing the show?

"I'm a fan of the show. I've been living in England for five years so I've been watching. It just seems like a fascinating experiment to put all these personalities together. There is 100,000 square feet of personality in 1,000 square feet of house and that is going to be interesting and proper ballsy at the same time. They say do something every day that scares you and this way I can do something 24 days in a row that scares me. I want to test the limits of my emotional sanity and see how far I can go."

Does he have any bad habits?

"I didn't think I did until I sat down with my husband and asked him and he said: "You pick your toenails and eat them, you burp", so apparently I do. I am a big lad, so when I need to belch it is like a lion roaring. And I snore but I have no problem with somebody pushing me onto my side."

Who did he want in the house with him?

"I'm hoping Dan Osborne is in because I know there is a sink where I could brush my teeth while he is in the shower and I have seen his bum on TOWIE. He's got a very nice little butt on him. James Hill is a bit of a salad boy, he needs a bit more man meat. Jenna Jameson and I have mutual friends although we have never met. But our mutual friend is a good judge of character so I know Jenna would be a really sound chick."

CBB airs nightly on Channel 5

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