Page 3 model Lacey Banghard has reportedly broken up with her boyfriend so she can pursue a romance with Coronation Street star Sam Robertson on Celebrity Big Brother 2013.
According to The Daily Star, the red-top newspaper owned by Channel 5 boss Richard Desmond, 20-year-old Lacey had been dating her boyfriend for “a good while”.
However, she has apparently decided to end the relationship as she wants to be single in the house, in a bid to get screen time on the show.
A show insider commented: “She wants to stay long enough to win over the public but is worried she will struggle because producers have signed up so many big characters. A romance is the perfect way to get screen time. Lacey had no choice but to go in as a single girl.”
Sam, who played Adam Barlow on ITV1 soap for three years and more recently appeared in E4′s Beaver Falls, is thought to be Lacey’s target for a CBB romance.
The source added: “Sam is a good-looking guy and Lacey definitely finds him attractive. She’s not shy and won’t hold back just because millions of viewers will be watching.”
However, the hunk is said to be proving a ‘headache for producers’ who are worried he may quit the show before it begins. He was reportedly lined up to appear in last summer’s series, but later made a u-turn and backed out at the last minute.
Another insider explained. “He had gone into hiding before the series started and just couldn’t cope being locked up and away from the outside world. Other guests in the hotel where he was staying said he was going crazy not being able to do normal things like call his family.
“Even if he makes it into the house, he’s unlikely to find it easy coping with the pressures. There will be fireworks.”
The new series of Celebrity Big Brother will launch tomorrow night on Channel 5 at 9pm.