Rhian speaks out

Coleen Nolan (left) and Rhian Sugden
Coleen Nolan (left) and Rhian Sugden

CELEBRITY Big Brother star Rhian Sugden has spoken of her angst over the Vernon Kay text scandal.

The page three model was caught in a media frenzy in 2010 after it was revealed she had exchanged flirtatious texts with the St John Rigby pupil, but she told fellow housemates that she had never sent any texts.

Before entering the Channel Five house she said she was good friends with Vernon as they were from the same place.

Speaking of the incident she said: “It was horrific. Vernon used to DJ and I’d go with him when he DJ’d locally.

“He had a family gathering in Bolton and I went with Chris Moyles, Peter Kay and Vernon’s dad and brother.

“Then all of a sudden I got flown off to Tenerife and was told I was front page.

“I tried to get hold of him to say I hadn’t told anyone, but his phone was off.”

She said she felt Vernon should have defended her, but added she thought by admitting he texted other girls, he was trying to divert attention away from her.

The 25-year-old also admitted that she was spat on in nightclubs and had bottles thrown at her and she considered dying her blonde locks brown to get rid of her model image.

She also divulged that the pair had not spoken since, but he did send a text last year to say he knew it was not her who sold the story.

She admitted she was a bit wary of meeting Coleen Nolan, was is friends with Vernon’s wife, Tess Daly.

Speaking before entering the house Coleen added: “I know that Tess was really, really upset when she heard that Rhian was going in. It’s been put to bed - and now it’s being dragged up again. I feel sorry for Tess.”