Lisa’s jour­ney from Big Brother to liv­ing rough

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By VICKIE SCULLARD

WHEN Lisa Ap­ple­ton left the Big Brother house to rap­tur­ous ap­plause in 2008, she was on cloud nine.

Even host Dav­ina Mc­Call com­mented dur­ing her evic­tion in­ter­view that it was the best re­cep­tion any­one had re­ceived on the way out of the in­fa­mous house.

Lisa shot to fame as part of the Chan­nel 4 show’s first cou­ple, along with Mario Mar­coni, and the pair be­came the show’s sweet­hearts af­ter he ro­man­ti­cally pro­posed to her.

They were of­fered magazine deals, went on hol­i­days across the world and en­joyed a jet-set life while liv­ing in a mansion. But Lisa, who was 40 when she went on BB, found out first hand how quickly for­tunes can change.

For the former body­builder, it couldn’t have been any worse – af­ter work dried up, not only did she end up in a rat-in­fested coun­cil house on ben­e­fits, it also saw the end of her mar­riage.

“When I came out of Big Brother it went crazy for a good cou­ple of years,” Lisa, from War­ring­ton, told the M.E.N. “No one can pre­pare you for that. Every­one wanted a pic­ture or to speak to me, telling me how much they loved me on Big Brother.”

She added: “But af­ter a few years of highs, I hit rock bot­tom. Work dried up and I ended up on ben­e­fits. It was the low­est mo­ment of my life.

“I felt like a com­plete fail­ure. I lost my con­fi­dence and self worth.

“Every­one still recog­nised me, but lit­tle did they know I was liv­ing in a rat-in­fested coun­cil house, suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion, cling­ing onto my mar­riage. But I had to try and keep up ap­pear­ances.”

Af­ter her mar­riage broke down Lisa, 51, was thrust back into the tabloids last year when it tran­spired that she was liv­ing rough in a tree­house in a bid to find a job.

She said: “You can come off shows like BB and make a quick buck but it’s a fickle in­dus­try and next month it could all dry up, like it did for me,” said Lisa. I turned 50 and I couldn’t find work.”

Lisa got a job sell­ing win­dows and con­ser­va­to­ries while liv­ing in the tree­house which a farmer of­fered her for £5 a night.

To help pay the bills, and move out of squalor, Lisa took the con­tro­ver­sial step of cre­at­ing an On­ly­fans site, where she shares sexy videos and pho­tos with sub­scribers.

She said: “The re­sponse I got was in­cred­i­ble. And most im­por­tantly I started to earn money.”

Hav­ing got her­self back on her feet, Lisa is ready to em­brace fame again. She’s writ­ing her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, fronting a TV show, ‘Pop Cul­ture Pulse’ with au­thor Bryn Curt James Ham­mond and poised to launch her own or­ganic bud­get beauty range called ‘Lisa’ af­ter suf­fer­ing dry skin while liv­ing rough.

She said: “I am de­lighted – I can’t be­lieve how things have turned around for me,” she said. “I am liv­ing proof of the say­ing ‘never say never.’”

Lisa Ap­ple­ton

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