CBB's Bear breaks down in tears when he sees mum Linda (then escapes into BOTS audience!)

Published Friday, Aug 26 2016, 08:18 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Celebrity Big Brother's Stephen Bear has shown a softer side to viewers after he broke down in tears when he caught a glimpse of his mum Linda in the house last night... before getting back to his cheeky tricks and staging an escape!

The controversial housemate, 26, sobbed as the finalists' friends and family entered the Big Brother compound on Thursday night (25 August) during a special live episode of Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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The housemates had to watch their loved ones from the garden - no contact!



CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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(l-r) Bear's mum Linda, Frankie's mum Joan, Ricky's friend Darren and Marnie's mum Sharon.



Spotting Linda, host Rylan Clark-Neal told her: "I'm gonna sit with you as you must have had the hardest month."

"It was quiet," admitted Linda, joking: "Can you have him for another two weeks?"

"He's done brilliantly," she added. "He's kept everybody entertained. He's made us laugh. I'm really proud of him."

CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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Rylan talking to Linda.



CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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The friends and family were all given 15 seconds to send a personal message to their loved one. Linda said: "Keep strong, Stephen. You've been really entertaining. You've made us laugh. We love you dearly and we're really, really proud of you. We can't wait to see you tomorrow and give you a big cuddle and a kiss."

CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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Bear broke down in tears as she spoke - and tried to escape through the glass partition to see her! When Rylan went into the garden to chat to the housemates, Bear made a run towards the open door to see his mum, but Rylan restained him: "I'm telling you now, sit down or I'll chuck you out myself!"

CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's mum Linda talks to him and he breaks down in teas
26 August 2016

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He then tried his luck AGAIN and this time made it through the door, but the friends and family were on longer on set. Instead, he was able to approach the BOTS audience, chuck his shirt at one female audience member and then climb on Deborah the Zebra.

"Get back in here!" shouted Rylan, who seemed to be trying really hard not to laugh.

Of course, Bear was soon back in the garden!

CBB: Bear's escapes into BOTS audience
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's escapes into BOTS audience
26 August 2016

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CBB: Bear's escapes into BOTS audience
26 August 2016

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He'd previously told housemates he was disappointed not to see his mother during the last shopping task, where housemates had to complete challenges without being distracted by loved ones. While others had messages from friends and family, Bear was confronted by ex-girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg.

"I'm still a f**king human mate," Bear had told James, "and what I've been through in here… I'm sitting here waiting for a message from my mum or something. I think I'm a selfish person. It's nice for everyone getting their things, it's lovely…"

Linda was joined on CBB BOTS by Marnie's mum Sharon, Frankie's mum Joan and Ricky's best friend Darren. Aubrey's boyfriend Pauly D and Renee's sister phoned in from the US.

Plenty of viewers took to Twitter during the show to share their thoughts on Bear's tears, saying it had been a very "sad" and emotional moment that made them cry. Others said it showed a different side to the divisive Bear, whose pranks and behaviour has wound up many viewers and the housemates.
















The Celebrity Big Brother final airs 9pm on Channel 5.

Who do you want to win CBB? Answer here:
Aubrey9.99%
Frankie5.54%
Marnie18.81%
Renee8.82%
Ricky16.14%
Stephen (Bear)40.70%
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