For those of you who didn’t tune into Big Bro in the summer of 2016, Sam Giffen was one of the four gay guys the producers put into the house, can anyone say drama?
We caught up with the surprisingly down to earth Northern lad to run our hands through his thick lush hair and talk, thinking deep and Tina Turner – of course.
JH: What kind of student were you as a kid?
SG: I must admit I was a little shit at school. I was the kid that was always getting told off in class. Always had to sit at the front in lessons so I didn’t distract anyone else. I was hardworking, I wasn’t the brightest kid, but I definitely made an impact on the rest of my classmates. Bit of class clown.
JH: What did you want to be when you grew up?
SG: I was 11 and I wrote down saying I wanted to be a hairdresser, and I am a hairdresser. I was 14. I remember saying, “I want to be on Big Brother!” and ten years later it happened!
JH: What’s your happiest memory?
SG: Maybe, getting the Big Brother confirmation call. That was a massive thing for me to achieve at this age. And probably with my ex. Falling in love. The moments like that, that don’t happen very often.
JH: Have you got a guilty pleasure?
SG: My guilty pleasure is probably Tina Turner. I’d watch her all day on YouTube.
JH: What are you most afraid of in life?
SG: Losing people. I’ve lost people before. Close family and relatives. I think being on my own in the future. I’ve got a very small family, so it’s something I’m not looking forward to.
JH: What annoys you most about you?
SG: Probably my lack of motivation for the gym. I am such a food whore, I’d rather sit and eat 10 burgers rather than do ten sit-ups at the gym.
JH: If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would you invite?
SG: Tina Turner, Whitney Houston – I’d bring her back, I think she’s got some good old party stories to tell and also my Nan. A proper diva party.
JH: How old were you when you first did the deed?
SG: I have to be honest with you, I actually can’t remember. How bad is that? I honestly don’t remember. I think I must have been about 16… 16 or 17!
JH: Would you change that experience?
SG: Yes. I’d want to remember it. I’d like to know when it was and probably who it was with! (Laughs)
JH: What’re the top 3 things on your bucket list?
SG: I’ve done one of them – Big Brother, Travel the world, Meeting and greeting with Tina Turner. This might have well be called the Tina Turner interview. (Laughs).
JH: What keeps you up at night?
SG: I’m a deep thinker. I think too much at night. I think about the past a lot, which is not the best thing to do. I need to learn to live for the moment.
JH: What’s your best physical feature?
SG: My smile. I’ve got quite a moody face when I’m not smiling.
JH: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
SG: Not to take life too seriously and make the most of your loved ones
This interview was taken from Issue 24, release December 2016
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