In a vote that surprised nobody, Ryan Thomas was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother.
The former Coronation Street star became a fan favourite early on but shot up in everyone’s estimation after being falsely accused of violence by fellow housemate Roxanne Pallett.
Speaking to host Emma Willis during his exit interview, the 34-year-old admitted that he would ‘forgive’ the Emmerdale actress for saying he had ‘punched’ her.
He also stated that, although her actions had left him like ‘a scared little boy’, he felt that she had ‘been punished by the public enough’.
The dad-of-one was finally shown a clip of the incident and appeared shocked and a little angry at some parts of what had been said afterwards.
He told Emma: ‘It was totally unexpected, it was a sign of affection that I’ve used on Gabby and the boys and unexpected because there was nothing in it.
‘As it unravelled it became bigger and bigger the whole thing that scared me was that she couldn’t stay in the room with me.
‘That rang alarm bells and the game became real life for me, I don’t know how much they showed, I did break.’
When Emma said that viewers had seen the moment he crumbled in the Diary Room, Ryan confessed:
‘I had no choice, I was a scared little boy. The place is lonely anyway, these are people that you grow a friendship with, your trust is in a different place, the one thing that held onto me is Sally, she’s been my mother since day one.
‘We all know how something can stick on a man, sometimes it can be done in the right way, or the wrong way.
‘I just wanted out I just wanted to get out, I thought I’d be getting a call from the police very soon, that’s not me, for once in my life I was glad that we had 24 hour surveillance on them.’
However, he did acknowledge the issues Roxanne may be dealing with to have made such an assumption.
Bearing that in mind, he added that ‘if she wants forgiveness and it makes it better, I would rather give her that.’
Ryan won the reality contest, beating out fellow finalists Kirstie Alley, Gabby Allen, Dan Osborne, Nick Leeson and Sally Morgan.
He was greeted with thunderous applause when he exited the Big Brother house and from the reaction on Twitter, it’s safe to say that he was a very popular winner!
— Mrs T (@JulieTh69428995) September 11, 2018
A BIG Congratulations, Ryan!