Exclusive: Natasha Hamilton talks CBB: "It was like a pressure cooker in there"

Published Wednesday, Oct 7 2015, 13:50 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Natasha Hamilton has opened up about her time in the Celebrity Big Brother house, likening it to a "pressure cooker".

There's no denying CBB's last series was one of its most dramatic yet (thanks to Austin Armacost, Janice Dickinson and Farrah Abraham) and we struggled to watch at times, let alone actually live through it.

Atomic Kitten singer Natasha, however, did just that and she exclusively told Reveal being in the house was totally "intense".

Natasha Hamilton attends Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards at 8 Northumberland Avenue
6 October


Speaking to us at Specsavers' Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, Natasha said: "Getting back to normal life has been wonderful. It just makes you appreciate what you've got so much because it was intense. I've watched the show for years and I used to think 'why are they crying over nothing?' But it's like a pressure cooker in there. One person's problem is everyone's problem."

Natasha learnt that only too well, after clashing with Farrah on their very first night in the house. As a result the Teen Mom star took a disliking to Natasha, and she soon felt the wrath of both Farrah and Jenna Jameson when the American stars teamed up.

Now, though, her CBB drama is like a distant memory. Natasha admitted: "It's almost like it never really happened."

Looking back on her experience, though, the 33-year-old said she had learnt a "good lesson" about herself. "I'm quite tolerant," she laughed.

Natasha Hamilton on 'Celebrity Big Brother'. Broadcast on Channel 5 HD. 10 September 2015.

© Channel 5 / Supplied by WENN

Dealing with catty comments and keeping your cool around full-on slanging matches is no easy feat. We asked her what her secret was to keeping level-headed and Natasha told us: "I think it's having four kids!"

She continued: "Over the past thirteen years being a mum and having to be level-headed, think before I speak... there was times that I snapped in there. But I was pushed and pushed.

"At the end of the day, we're all human and I did things in that house that I thought, 'oh I shouldn't have said that, I shouldn't have done that', but all in all it was a positive experience."

Natasha went on to make the Celebrity Big Brother final, finishing third on the show. Austin came in second place, while Apprentice star James Hill was crowned the winner of the series.

Agreeing with how the British public voted, Natasha told us she thought that both Austin and James deserved to be the final two.

"I think they had great journeys," she explained. "Austin is such a character. I always liked him. We had a bit of a run in, but we're still friends. James, other people have said to me he definitely played a game, but I don't know. Good on him for winning."

CBB Final: Natasha Hamilton

© Channel 5

Now, Natasha is home again and settling back into family life with her partner Ritchie Neville and her four children Josh, Harry, Alfie and daughter Ella.

As well as her mummy duties, the Big Reunion star did reveal that she has a few exciting things coming her way - including a film!

Setting her sights on the big screen, Natasha told us she had been in talks to star in a movie. Although, she made sure to keep any details under wraps for now!

She said: "I've just had a meeting about a film with the directors and that looks like it's going to happen in the New Year - so that I'm really excited about."

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