Does Rox­anne de­serve to be ‘the most hated wo­man in Bri­tain’?

● Her as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions on CBB gen­er­ate over 25,000 com­plaints from the pub­lic ● Former co-stars call her “dan­ger­ous” and slam the ac­tress on so­cial me­dia for ly­ing ● She breaks down and ad­mits she “over­re­acted” be­cause her “in­se­cu­ri­ties were height­ened

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Kather­ine Romero

She was forced to face the pub­lic and ad­dress her ac­tions in two tele­vised in­ter­views last week, just days af­ter caus­ing one of the big­gest scan­dals in the his­tory of Celebrity Big Brother.

Af­ter what ap­peared to be a play­ful jab from fel­low house­mate Ryan Thomas, Rox­anne Pal­lett claimed the ac­tor had “punched her re­peat­edly”, and called him a “wo­man-beater”. Af­ter he was given an of­fi­cial warn­ing, she even de­manded to sleep in a sep­a­rate bed­room to be away from him.

The former Em­merdale star, 35, was forced to re­tract her al­le­ga­tions af­ter be­ing shown the footage when she left the house.

The trou­bled ac­tress, who had her first in­ter­view since leav­ing the house with Jeremy Vine for his Chan­nel 5 show, ad­mit­ted she’d got the in­ci­dent “wrong”, and had “over­re­acted” be­cause her “in­se­cu­ri­ties were height­ened.”

She also ex­plained that she had been in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, adding, “I’ve ac­tu­ally been a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence years ago. My re­ac­tion is a tell­tale sign of be­ing in a sit­u­a­tion like that.”

Although Jeremy was later crit­i­cised for go­ing easy on Rox­anne, he de­fended his stance, say­ing he “feared she could take her own life” while char­ity Women’s Aid was quick to back the star, Tweet­ing, “Play fight­ing may not seem se­ri­ous, but if you have ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic abuse it can seem fright­en­ing and even trig­ger mem­o­ries of the abuse”.

TROU­BLED

Aside from her former vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ship, Rox­anne has also ad­mit­ted she has had a dif­fi­cult past. She cut con­tact with her dad when she was a child and was raised by her mum and grand­mother. The fam­ily suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing house fire when she was 16 – where they lost all their pos­ses­sions – and a year later, Rox­anne’s grand­mother passed away.

In 2009, she faced more heartache when her best friend com­mit­ted sui­cide. When she spoke to Closer about this tragic in­ci­dent at the time, she was in floods of hys­ter­i­cal tears and ad­mit­ted she didn’t know how she would get over her friend’s death.

Then, open­ing up to Closer again in 2016, the ac­tress said, “I’ve only ever been really close to three peo­ple in my life – my mum, my grandma and my best friend, and I lost two out of three.” And just two months ago, Rox­anne had a se­ri­ous car crash, which re­sulted in her be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal. She hinted she was on edge be­fore CBB started when she said to host Emma Wil­lis, “When I un­ravel… well, you’ll see. [I’m like] Dis­ney gone wrong.”

FRAG­ILE

In her exit in­ter­view, with Emma, the ac­tress broke down in tears as she said, “It crip­ples me with em­bar­rass­ment and shame, and I agree with every­one’s per­cep­tions of what hap­pened.”

She added, “I only have my mum. She knows how sen­si­tive I am. She knows a lot of things in my past have made me a lit­tle bit too frag­ile.”

But de­spite her vul­ner­a­ble state, many view­ers didn’t be­lieve her apol­ogy, with one an­grily Tweet­ing, “Rox­anne’s apol­ogy was fake. She’s just sorry she got caught out,” while an­other added, “She’s not sin­cere at all, it’s all re­hearsed.”

Mean­while, fel­low soap ac­tors took to Twit­ter to voice their support for former Corona­tion Street star Ryan, 34, with many pub­licly crit­i­cis­ing Rox­anne for her ac­tions.

Former Easten­ders ac­tor Sam Attwa­ter called the ac­tress “dan­ger­ous”, and claimed she ac­cused him of hit­ting her dur­ing Rocky Horror Pic­ture Show – be­fore in­sist­ing she had been the one to hit him.

And former co-star Con­nor Byrne sen­sa­tion­ally claimed that Rox­anne had falsely ac­cused him of vi­o­lence when they starred to­gether in pan­tomime last year.

An as­ton­ish­ing to­tal of 21 former co-stars pub­licly slammed Rox­anne for her past be­hav­iour. Her former on-screen Em­merdale hus­band Kelvin Fletcher Tweeted, “She. Is. Evil,” while Danny Miller – who has starred on the soap since 2008 – wrote, “Rox­anne’s a known, com­pul­sive liar.”

PANIC AT­TACK

To add to the controversy, the ac­tress was back on screens last week­end on Celebrity Is­land With Bear Grylls, filmed ear­lier this year and show­ing her suf­fer­ing a panic at­tack be­fore her shock exit just five days in.

Speak­ing to CBB’S Emma last week, Rox­anne ap­peared close to tears as she de­scribed her­self as “the most hated wo­man in Bri­tain”. We spoke to body lan­guage ex­pert Judi James to ask her if the star ap­peared gen­uinely re­morse­ful, or sim­ply play­ing for the cam­eras.

Ryan broke down over Rox­anne’s ac­cu­sa­tions

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