A former contestant of Big Brother in 2009, Rebekah Shelton is currently in a coma, following the discovery of a brain tumour.

Rebekah Shelton who took part in the tenth series of Big Brother as Rodrigo Lopes is in hospital after doctors found a brain tumour her family have said.

The Brazillian student, started living life as woman in 2012 two years after starring in the reality show, as has used Twitter to show her transition.

Taking to Shelton’s official Twitter her family tweeted, ‘The doctors found a head tumour and she is in come [sic]. We cannot speak anymore. Please just pray for our Rebekah’

In 2012, speaking to Heat Magazine she said, ‘I’ve always felt like I had a woman inside of me, always, but I used to hide it. I’ve always liked make-up, treatments and other womanly things, and I was 18 when I first started experimenting. But early this year I told my best friend Andrea how I was really feeling.

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‘She encouraged me. When I came back to the UK I started wearing my friends’ clothes first, then I began shopping for them. People in the shops were surprisingly normal about it. Now I go out with a transvestite I made friends with. She’s very glam. We go to straight clubs and get a lot of attention.’