Big Brother UK contestant Trish Balusa has apologized and said there are “no excuses” for historic tweets in which she made derogatory comments about the LGBT community and Asian people.
Balusa, 33, had become a fan favorite on ITV’s Older brother reboot, but was kicked out in a double elimination on Friday night despite a fan-led campaign urging viewers to vote strategically so she could win.
The posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, only came to light after Balusa had left the Big Brother house.
It appears that the account they were shared on has since been deleted. Sky News has chosen not to include Balusa’s post.
Admitting on a new account in her name on Sunday, Balusa admitted her historic tweets were “very troubling” and said: “I want to sincerely apologize for the harmful stereotypes I have perpetuated and the pain I have caused those marginalized communities and groups.mentioned persons.
“There are no excuses for the ignorance I displayed and I am deeply disappointed, embarrassed and ashamed that I ever made such comments.
“I’ve come a long way since then by educating myself and being educated by others about the impact and damage these views cause.”
Balusa also thanked fans for showing support while she was on the show and acknowledged viewers’ current “disappointment”.
“I’m really sorry,” she wrote. “I hope it is possible for you to offer me grace and believe that people can change.”
Questions are now being asked regarding ITV’s welfare protocols which states that Big Brother contestants’ social media accounts would be scrutinized before entering the house.
A Big Brother spokesman told Sky News: “This weekend we have been made aware of historic tweets.
“We are currently investigating why they were not identified by the independent supplier we engage to review potential housemates’ digital footprints as part of our pre-check.”
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Sky News understands that Balusa will no longer appear on the Late & Live Sunday night spin-off show.
Behind the scenes, she is offered support in accordance with Big Brother’s welfare protocols.