Big Brother’s Ashleigh Hughes from Harold Hill: ‘I want to do lads mags’

Harold Hill‘s reality starlet Ashleigh Hughes hopes to be the new lads mag favourite after leaving the Big Brother house last week.

The likeable motor-mouth, from Wington Way, dreams of becoming a TV presenter – but said she was wants to do some saucy shoots for Nuts magazine first.

The 21-year-old lasted an impressive 67 days in the famous Big Brother house before being voted out in the semi-final round to a chorus of boos on Friday night.

But she said she left with “her pride in tact” and a new boyfriend, Luke Scrase - silencing critics that her blossoming love affair with the 24-year-old club promoter was a ‘showmance’.

“People can think what they like but both me and him know it’s 100 per cent real,” Ashleigh told the Recorder, in one of her first interviews since leaving the house on Friday night. “How can people make opinions about things they don’t know? He’s a lovely guy with such a kind heart, and he did so much for me in the house.”

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Ashleigh revealed she is being courted by newspapers and magazines for interviews but for the moment she is relaxing back at home with her family.

“I’m a Harold Hill girl born and bred – and it’s nice to be back,” she said. “People who know me have said they thought I did really well in the house, which is nice to hear.”

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The former barmaid says she has been overwhelmed by positive responses from fans on Twitter and in the street – and doesn’t care about those on websites calling her a fake and a bully.

She said: “It’s lovely when people stop and take a picture of me and ask for my signature but I don’t care if people don’t like me.

“I was myself in that house but it can get claustrophobic and sometimes you get irritated by someone and you lose your temper.

“But we’ve all come out of it as friends and there are no hard feelings.”

The gaffe-prone ex-Kings Wood School pupil made us all chuckle after asking the housemates whether it was possible to cycle to America, and revealing she didn’t know that chickens come from eggs.

But don’t call her stupid.

“I know I say some silly things sometimes,” she said. “I am intelligent in some ways but I’m not particularly good at general knowledge.

Her comments have drawn predictable comparison with the late Jade Goody, the former Big Brother star from Essex, who was famous for her ditzy questions.

But it’s not something Ashleigh is worried about.

“I’m proud to be compared to Jade; she was amazing,” she said. “She proved anybody can make it.”

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