Evander apologises for Celeb BB homophobic remarks

4 comments - Posted on January 11 2014 at 11:26pm

Celebrity Big Brother 2014 - Evander Holyfield evicted

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.

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4 comments on this article

  1. Jackie Baldan says:
    Sat 11 Jan Reply !

    Evander this is not a proper apology,yuo offended lots of people.This is not acceptable.

  2. Irene Pearson says:
    Sun 12 Jan Reply !

    He wasn’t “not talking about nobody” ! He’s an ignorant man who was using the Bible to defend his homophobia. Just like many other homophobes. This is NOT an apology.

  3. Alexander Balakrishnan says:
    Sun 12 Jan Reply !

    He is useless. Good that he was evicted first. Sends a strong message against homophobia.

  4. gigi says:
    Mon 20 Jan Reply !

    i have nothing against gay people but what he said is true
    in the oxford dictionary normal means: conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected
    “gay ain’t normal” is true, because more than half of the people in the world are not gay
    as the oxford dictionary definition of normal:
    the standard is being straight
    usual people are not gay
    typical people are not gay
    people are expected to be straight

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