AMANDA Barrie has suggested she sealed up for Celebrity Big Brother to “take her mind off dying”.
The former Coronation Street star entered the residence last night alongside her associate celebs including publisher Rachel Johnson, Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Malika Haqq and Made In Chelsea star Ashley James.
The 82-year-old is best famous for personification Alma Sedgewick in the ITV soap for 20 years and joked that appearing on the Channel 5 reality show was “occupational therapy”.
She also suggested she would spend her price on her home caring bills when she’s older.
Speaking to The Mirror, she said: “I had no goal of doing it [Celebrity Big Brother], but then we suspicion it could compensate for my caring home.
“It would be good to have that independence.”
“What keeps me working? we consider it’s occupational therapy to stop me meditative about death, really.”
Amanda – who has also starred in Benidorm – joked that she suspicion she’d left “entirely mad” by signing up to the show but that she didn’t wish to skip out of the “adventure”.
“I change between thinking, ‘Have we left wholly insane at my age?’ to, ‘Is this going to be fun?’. The thing is, when you get to 82 and someone asks you to do something, it would be ridiculous to contend no,” she said.
“It’s a new journey for me. we mean, what else am we going to do? I’ll just be sitting at home, so we suspicion we competence as good have a go.”
She also quipped that she felt like she was going into a caring home when she left her wife of 3 years Hilary Bonner to go to the studios.
“I did have this moment when my partner, Hilary, put me in the automobile with two suitcases where we thought, ‘Are you certain you’re going to Big Brother or has she sent you make-up to a caring home now?’
“I consider Big Brother will be good training for the caring home, anyway. we may as good have a go at it now.”
Amanda pronounced she hoped her time on the show would give her family a giggle after some tough times.
She said: “I’ve had a lot of tragedies in my family recently, immature ones and old ones.
“I consider they all need a bit of a holiday together, so that’s what we will spend some of the income on.
“My family have all been incredible. They actually did contend to me after all the tragedies we’ve had, ‘For God’s consequence go in since you’ll make such a dope of yourself, it’ll take the mind off everything’.”
- Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5
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