Heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has apologised for the homophobic comments he made in the Celebrity Big Brother 2014 house.
The 51-year-old courted controversy when he compared homosexuality to being handicapped and suggested it could be ‘fixed’ when fellow housemate Luisa Zissman asked if there are any gay players in his sport.
Speaking in a press conference following his eviction from the house last night, Evander said he is sorry for what he said, adding that he intends to issue a full public apology.
“I haven’t got the opportunity to make an apology yet, but I guess with me in that situation, I kind of felt I was talking to one person,” he explained.
“I was telling one person my view. I do owe an apology for what I said because I really wasn’t talking and really wasn’t trying to talk about somebody, because I don’t talk about nobody.
“She asked me something and I thought I was sharing with her my view personally, and I forgot about everything. So I am going to make a public apology about that because I am sorry for anybody I offended in that situation.”
Evander’s statement came after viewers criticised Celebrity Big Brother bosses for failing to cover his remarks in his official exit interviews.
The incident was omitted from both his first interview with Emma Willis during the main live show, and his follow-up chat with Rylan Clark on spin-off Bit On The Side.