Big Brother icon Helen Adams pictured 22 years after her ditsy antics and romance with Paul Clarke shot her to fame on the reality show
She shot to fame as a fan favourite housemate on the second series of Big Brother.
But Helen Adams lives a very different life 22 years on from starring on the hit reality show.
The BB icon, now 45, was spotted out and about in her home city of Bristol this week, where she works as a hairdresser.
Helen was just aged 22 when she took part in Big Brother’s second series in 2001, and quickly became one of the favourites to win with her loveable and ditsy nature.
She became famous for her iconic comment: ‘I like blinking, I do.’
Icon: She shot to fame as a fan favourite housemate on the second series of Big Brother. But Helen Adams lives a very different life 22 years on from starring on the hit reality show
Beloved:Helen was just aged 22 when she took part in Big Brother’s second series, and quickly became one of the favourites to win with her loveable and ditsy nature (pictured in 2001)
It’s thought that along with moving to Bristol to work in hairdressing, Helen has since married and now has a daughter.
Helen and Paul Clarke captivated the world with their blossoming romance during their time in the Big Brother house in 2001.
Reaching the final, Helen finished in second place behind winner Brian Dowling, and was seen embracing and reuniting with Paul outside the house.
As one of the show’s original lovebirds, the pair shot to fame and went on to have a successful relationship for five years.
Helen went onto make a slew of TV appearances on shows such as Loose Women, GMTV and Ready, Steady Cook before she and Paul split in 2006.
The couple blamed the pressures of fame on their breakup, with Paul telling Heat Magazine at the time: ‘For the last five years, on a daily basis people have been asking me, ”how’s Helen? When are you getting married?” and I’ve never met these people before in my life. It starts to drain you.
‘It’s not that I don’t like talking about Helen, I just wanted to get away from it and be a private person again.’
Helen added: ‘I felt like the Wicked Witch because I was first to say something. But then Paul said to me, ”would you want to marry me?” and I said, ”I don’t think I would” and he said, ”well, I don’t want to marry you either”. And we laughed.
Reality show star: The BB icon, now 45, was spotted out and about in her home city of Bristol this week, where she works as a hairdresser
A look back: Big Brother alum Helen and Paul Clarke captivated the world with their blossoming romance in 2001
Old flame: Viewers were also captivated by Helen’s blossoming romance with housemate Paul Clarke, with the pair going onto date for five years before splitting in 2006
After the pressure of the media led to their breakup, Paul stepped out of the limelight and built a successful career in car design.
Now in his mid-40s, Paul, who is based in Buckinghamshire, eventually left his bosses to set up his own company, working as an independent consultant since 2019.
He describes himself as a ‘passionate forward-thinking individual’ on his LinkedIn and says he is ‘a driving leader in challenging and developing people to be the best they can be and make a difference every day.
Big Brother has returned to TV this autumn and is currently airing nightly on ITV2.
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