John Partridge has opened up about his reasons for taking part in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother.

John Partridge, the openly gay EastEnders’ actor, has opened up about the reasons why he’s taking part in Big Brother – and it’s for his mother. His mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was diagnosed in 2010 and John was along with his husband Jon Tsouras, up until March, his mother’s primary carer. Since March however, his mother was moved to a care home as John felt he could no longer meet her health needs.

Speaking about the care the ex-EastEnders’ actor said,

“My mum has Alzheimer’s, I pay for her care and it is expensive. The honest answer is I’m here to pay her bill.

“Unfortunately she only lived in a two-up, two-down, in a Northern town, so the money doesn’t go very far.

“That’s why I’m here. I’m not ashamed of it. I don’t care what people think – people say all sorts of things when you want to do a program like this: ‘you’re washed up’, ‘they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel.’ I unashamedly say, ‘You can say what you want, but no one takes cares of my bills other than me and that is what I am here to do.”

CBB continues tonight from 9PM on Channel 5

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