With Big Brother set to return in October, fans have been reminiscing over some of the most explosive moments in the reality show’s history - with perhaps none being quite so talked about as the incident involving Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas in Celebrity Big Brother back in 2018 - so what exactly happened, and where is the actress now? Find out here…
In 2018, Roxanne, who is perhaps best known for her role as Jo Stiles in Emmerdale, joined CBB alongside Coronation Street actor Ryan. While asking Ryan if he needed any laundry done while tidying up, Ryan playfully pretended to punch her by shadowboxing, leading her to complain about him in the diary room.
She later told her fellow housemates that he had punched her repeatedly in the ribs "like a boxer punches a bag: demonstrating to another contestant by punching him hard. After Ryan protested that he hadn’t touched her, Roxanne overheard and told the other contestants that he was lying - later saying that she felt uncomfortable sleeping in the same room as him.
The Only Way is Essex star Dan Osborne asked Big Brother for clarity on the situation, to which they replied: "Dan, it’s perhaps worth thinking about why Ryan has not been removed from the house." He then tried to ask Roxanne about the situation, saying: "What you’re accusing him of doing… is a career-stopping thing for him. It would ruin him. Do you honestly believe he would do that on purpose?" She replied: "I think he would be very stupid to do it in a house full of surveillance."
Ryan was clearly deeply distressed by the situation, telling the other housemates that they would be "heartbroken" if it was them in his situation, adding: "I don’t know what she’s doing to me." Crying in the diary, he said: "I’ve done nothing, I’ve done nothing." The situation received over 25,000 complaints to Ofcom.
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After hearing crowds chant "Get Roxie out" during an eviction, Roxanne voluntarily left the reality show. She later apologised in an interview with the show’s host, Emma Willis, where she said she had made a "horrible mistake".
She said: "My mind ran away with me. I am a sensitive person my friends and family can vouch for that… In the house, everything becomes heightened. Your insecurities are heightened. All I can say I can explain it in the moment it felt worse than it was."
Speaking about the incident one year later, Roxanne appeared on The Jeremy Vine Show, saying: "I chose to go on that show, I put myself out there and I made a mistake. I understand why everyone felt the way they did. When I watched it back, I would have felt the same way. I was on the wrong path, I was a person I don’t even like, so I don’t blame anyone for saying what they felt."
Adam later said that he forgave her for the situation, saying: "If she wants forgiveness and it makes her feel better then I would rather give her that, because I think she's been punished enough by the public and people around her."
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1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Known by the legendary portmanteau 'Brangelina', the uber A-listers wed in a French chateau in 2014 some nine years after first becoming entwined on the set of 2005 blockbuster Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Things went south soon after with allegations of abuse surfacing in 2016, the same year Angelina filed for divorce. After seven years of legal wrangling light appeared at the tunnel's end, with the MailOnline reporting in July 2023 that the pair had agreed to a mediation which could resolve their dispute.
2. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
Ryan and Scarlett married in 2008 in a secretive ceremony on Vancouver Island. Both actors' stars were firmly in the ascendancy but professional success wasn't conducive to conjugal happiness, and their union was annulled just over two years later with Scarlett subsequently revealing the couple hardly saw each other.
3. Russell Brand and Katy Perry
The polysyllabic and polyamorous British actor/comedian/presenter met popstar Katy in 2009 during rehearsals for the MTV Video Music Awards. The following year the pair married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India and all seemed set fair. But with Katy away on her California Dreams tour for most 2011, the couple supposedly determined they had different priorities and Russell filed for divorce - via text message - at the end of that year.
4. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
The couple divorced in 2013 after it emerged Ashton had been unfaithful on the weekend of their sixth anniversary. In 2015 Ashton remarried, this time to his That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis who was five years his junior - a notable change in dynamic from his relationship with Demi who was 15 years his senior.
5. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The archetypal whirlwind romance, Tom and Katie got engaged after just seven weeks of dating in 2005. The pair didn't muck about and the following year they both welcomed daughter Suri and got married in a Scientologist ceremony in Italy. The marriage lasted for five and half years before Katie filed for divorce.
Where is Roxanne Pallett now?
Roxanne has since very much moved on from the incident, and no longer appears in the public spotlight. She married her partner, firefighter Nick Jason Carrion - who also appeared on Married at First Sight - in a New York-based ceremony back in 2020. At the time, she said: "I’m living proof that you can find a happily ever after beyond tough times. To walk down the aisle in such a perfect fairy-tale setting towards my dream man, was the happiest moment of my life. I’m still floating on a cloud."
In June 2021, she announced that she was expecting her first child, telling the Sunday Mirror: "I now know what ‘happy ever after’ feels like… To have such a beautiful life here and be blessed with the most incredible husband and our little baba on the way… my mum’s already knitting for England." The pair have kept the birth of their child private, though confirmed during Roxanne’s pregnancy that they planned to name him 'Maverick'. The former actress is now living privately and has also deleted all social media accounts.