'Winning Big Brother was a godsend', says Helen Wood

Helen Wood wins Big Brother

Helen Wood on Big Brother

Helen Wood gets gunged in the Big Brother house

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

BOLTON hair and beauty salon owner Helen Wood has called her shock Big Brother victory "a godsend".

The 27-year-old, from Bromley Cross, thanked viewers for voting for her to be crowned winner of the Channel 5 reality show.

She now hopes to put her past problems behind her as she looks towards a happy and stable future with son Jack, aged 10.

And Helen says this will be helped after she scooped the show’s life-changing prize sum of £100,000.

The former Thornleigh School pupil, who owns Dolly’s in Chorley Old Road, said: “The majority of the money is going to be for stability for my son, and I’m going to treat the people who have been there for me.

“Going back four years and my life was turned absolutely upside-down.

“Those people still remain in my life and have stood by me.”

In 2009, she hit the headlines due to a sex scandal involving another Bolton woman, Jenny Thompson, and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney.

Ms Wood said: “The £100,000 means absolutely nothing when for years and years I have been slated as a kiss and tell girl when that’s not what I was and to finally get rid of that name.

“I won’t be doing a book, I’m not a kiss and tell girl.

“I just want to say a massive thank you to people for giving me the opportunity to prove that I’m not the person that I was portrayed to be four years ago and to thank people for picking up the phone.

“In total, I had 137,000 calls. I couldn’t even believe 37 people would pick the phone up.

“I was just so overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe the support I have had.

“If you compare my Twitter to what it was like four years ago, this is just a godsend.

“I did have a lot of haters in Bolton, but I also know a lot of the town was backing me up as well.

“Any support from my home town means more than anything.

“I’m going to go back to work in the next couple of weeks.

“I’ve missed working and the girls as well.

“They have kept the shop going and I’ve had a lot of support from my clients.”

On day one in the house, Ms Wood was guaranteed a place in the final after housemate Pauline Bennett selected her for a “power trip” reward.

In the weeks that followed, Ms Wood says she was portrayed as the “villain of the house” and was seen clashing with some housemates, including 18-year-old runner-up Ashleigh Coyle, who many tipped to win.

She said: “People have come up to me on nights out and said, ‘you don’t understand, we could see what Ashleigh’s game plan was.’ “No-one has condoned how I behaved but they liked how honest I was.

“They get 47 minutes to watch a programme covering 24 hours.

“I wish they had seen the times I had been so good to people.

“If anyone was down in that house, it was me that was there first to comfort someone.”

Ms Wood is delighted to be reunited with her group of close friends, including Michelle Morton, aged 27, who lives in Heaton, Bekii Edge, aged 21, who lives in Breightmet, and Beth Crompton, aged 28, who lives in Horwich.

She said: “It’s been really emotional. I’ve really missed them.

“They are not just my friends, they are my family.”

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7:03pm Thu 21 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Typical, another a gob on a stick, once prostitute gets rewarded for, well not doing a great deal, a list celeb status, give it 2 months and her tits will be all over the mags.
Typical, another a gob on a stick, once prostitute gets rewarded for, well not doing a great deal, a list celeb status, give it 2 months and her tits will be all over the mags. JustBecause
  • Score: 15

7:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Depressing weather and no real news. To top it all off we're probably going to get licked by Brighton at weekend. Oh well, a few scoops Sunday followed by another monotonous week of non-events reported on here.
Depressing weather and no real news. To top it all off we're probably going to get licked by Brighton at weekend. Oh well, a few scoops Sunday followed by another monotonous week of non-events reported on here. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 10

7:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

SLAPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!
SLAPPER!!!!!!!!!!!! Donkey Stone
  • Score: 18

8:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

Enough now.
Enough now. EmShambles
  • Score: 11

8:24pm Thu 21 Aug 14

BIG ERN says...

Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse.
Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things.
Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse. Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things. BIG ERN
  • Score: 29

8:30pm Thu 21 Aug 14

JhHens says...

when Pauline gave her the pass and she went up to give her a hug, she threw her arms around Pauline and Pauline said to her"if you win you foster them children" to which Helen replied " I will do I promise" so just what had she been telling Pauline that we weren't privy to?
If as she likes to tell us she's so honest, when is she going to tell us all about her plans to foster? When she get back off holiday? Surely she hadn't been lying to Pauline had she?
when Pauline gave her the pass and she went up to give her a hug, she threw her arms around Pauline and Pauline said to her"if you win you foster them children" to which Helen replied " I will do I promise" so just what had she been telling Pauline that we weren't privy to? If as she likes to tell us she's so honest, when is she going to tell us all about her plans to foster? When she get back off holiday? Surely she hadn't been lying to Pauline had she? JhHens
  • Score: -1

8:41pm Thu 21 Aug 14

bandit14 says...

The picture shows her with her legs crossed, wait till the 100 k runs out, then they will be open again
The picture shows her with her legs crossed, wait till the 100 k runs out, then they will be open again bandit14
  • Score: 11

8:47pm Thu 21 Aug 14

albertmodley says...

bandit14 wrote:
The picture shows her with her legs crossed, wait till the 100 k runs out, then they will be open again
And so is the Mersey Tunnel
[quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: The picture shows her with her legs crossed, wait till the 100 k runs out, then they will be open again[/p][/quote]And so is the Mersey Tunnel albertmodley
  • Score: 8

8:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Grumpyowd2hat says...

Again another story not worth reporting. Its stories like this why I have stopped buying the BN.
Again another story not worth reporting. Its stories like this why I have stopped buying the BN. Grumpyowd2hat
  • Score: 11

8:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

What a f**king Z list slapper!

If her clients have been supporting her then it really doesn't say much for them either.

She is a grade one prostitute and nothing will change that. She will soon be on her back legs akimbo and 'normal service' shall be resumed.

As I have said before, she'd 5hag a trapped rat given half a chance!
What a f**king Z list slapper! If her clients have been supporting her then it really doesn't say much for them either. She is a grade one prostitute and nothing will change that. She will soon be on her back legs akimbo and 'normal service' shall be resumed. As I have said before, she'd 5hag a trapped rat given half a chance! wsw69
  • Score: 26

9:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

calvin street says...

Im not a kiss and tell girl.
No your not, Suck and blow girl sounds better
Im not a kiss and tell girl. No your not, Suck and blow girl sounds better calvin street
  • Score: 14

9:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

calvin street wrote:
Im not a kiss and tell girl.
No your not, Suck and blow girl sounds better
pmslol
[quote][p][bold]calvin street[/bold] wrote: Im not a kiss and tell girl. No your not, Suck and blow girl sounds better[/p][/quote]pmslol wsw69
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Lynn57 says...

BIG ERN wrote:
Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse.
Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things.
Exactly and this paper keeps covering tales about a single mother/prostitute/wh
ore. At least you have an important job that requires an education.
[quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse. Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things.[/p][/quote]Exactly and this paper keeps covering tales about a single mother/prostitute/wh ore. At least you have an important job that requires an education. Lynn57
  • Score: 8

9:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Miltzy says...

If you feel strongly enough and think it was fixed.
http://www.ipetition
s.com/petition/deman
d-an-ofcom-investiga
tion-of-helen-wood/?
utm_medium=social&ut
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If you feel strongly enough and think it was fixed. http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/deman d-an-ofcom-investiga tion-of-helen-wood/? utm_medium=social&ut m_source=twitter&utm _campaign=button Miltzy
  • Score: -5

10:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

BIG ERN says...

Lynn57 wrote:
BIG ERN wrote:
Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse.
Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things.
Exactly and this paper keeps covering tales about a single mother/prostitute/wh

ore. At least you have an important job that requires an education.
Thanks Lynn. I know it's my choice with the wacky hours and stress and stuff, but it's all worked for.
I feel disillusioned with the media. the BN is far too quick to slate nurses and the NHS yet wastes column inches on this person because "she's from Bolton"
[quote][p][bold]Lynn57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: Just finished a difficult 10 hour shift as a new mental health nurse. Thank you, Bolton News for continuously higlighting who is important in the grand scheme of things.[/p][/quote]Exactly and this paper keeps covering tales about a single mother/prostitute/wh ore. At least you have an important job that requires an education.[/p][/quote]Thanks Lynn. I know it's my choice with the wacky hours and stress and stuff, but it's all worked for. I feel disillusioned with the media. the BN is far too quick to slate nurses and the NHS yet wastes column inches on this person because "she's from Bolton" BIG ERN
  • Score: 10

10:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Little Lever Kerry says...

Proper cheers me up this story. I know she had a bad time when that footballer dumped her for his brothers wife and that must have been hard to take. She has bounced back by working hard and showing her guts on telly. People should just be happy for her. I am. X
Proper cheers me up this story. I know she had a bad time when that footballer dumped her for his brothers wife and that must have been hard to take. She has bounced back by working hard and showing her guts on telly. People should just be happy for her. I am. X Little Lever Kerry
  • Score: -22

11:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

What a way to live your life.sad woman.
What a way to live your life.sad woman. artistpaint
  • Score: 4

11:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

You give women a bad name sado....your disgusting.
You give women a bad name sado....your disgusting. artistpaint
  • Score: 3

11:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

What a sad woman.
What a sad woman. artistpaint
  • Score: 3

11:25pm Thu 21 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Rooney what a joke.a big bald joke.lol.total .
Rooney what a joke.a big bald joke.lol.total . artistpaint
  • Score: 1

6:56am Fri 22 Aug 14

JhHens says...

Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say,
Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc.................
.....
No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock.
Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say, Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc................. ..... No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock. JhHens
  • Score: 0

7:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

Nikkicc79 says...

Don't think it's very fair on Helen the comments that most of you have written you have already judged her on what's written if you would of watched big brother and the journey she went on and see how she changed for the better as time went on ! I think she's blooming fantastic we should support those from bolton
Don't think it's very fair on Helen the comments that most of you have written you have already judged her on what's written if you would of watched big brother and the journey she went on and see how she changed for the better as time went on ! I think she's blooming fantastic we should support those from bolton Nikkicc79
  • Score: -3

7:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

He without Sin.......... The Girl did well and nice to see she has pulled herself around. We all make mistakes in Youth we would rather not remember but thats called learning.
He without Sin.......... The Girl did well and nice to see she has pulled herself around. We all make mistakes in Youth we would rather not remember but thats called learning. thomas222
  • Score: 4

8:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

bandit14 says...

The bolton mayor should ban her from bolton for bringing the town into disrepute
The bolton mayor should ban her from bolton for bringing the town into disrepute bandit14
  • Score: -2

9:19am Fri 22 Aug 14

Little Lever Kerry says...

JhHens wrote:
Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say,
Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc.................

.....
No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock.
We should have statues of all these people and Helen next to the one of Fred Dibdab in town.
[quote][p][bold]JhHens[/bold] wrote: Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say, Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc................. ..... No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock.[/p][/quote]We should have statues of all these people and Helen next to the one of Fred Dibdab in town. Little Lever Kerry
  • Score: -4

9:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

catsden says...

Load of garbage, who is interested in this TRASH, why not print about someone who has done something worthwhile instead of this common person
Load of garbage, who is interested in this TRASH, why not print about someone who has done something worthwhile instead of this common person catsden
  • Score: 0

9:56am Fri 22 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

I guess her prices are up now.
I guess her prices are up now. Wolfie190
  • Score: 1

11:42am Fri 22 Aug 14

Emmaaa says...

i really disliked her at the start too - and picked up the phone for her at the end. It's nice to see people come out of the other side of a bad place, no matter who they are or how they got there. It doesn't mean they are bad people. (And just because incredible people such as mental health nurses etc. haven't been publicly praised at the same time, it doesn't mean anyone is less grateful or appreciative. Everyone's admiration and thanks to people in public service simply goes without saying!!) :-)

sometimes people need to be given a break. Go easy; you never know when you may need one too.
i really disliked her at the start too - and picked up the phone for her at the end. It's nice to see people come out of the other side of a bad place, no matter who they are or how they got there. It doesn't mean they are bad people. (And just because incredible people such as mental health nurses etc. haven't been publicly praised at the same time, it doesn't mean anyone is less grateful or appreciative. Everyone's admiration and thanks to people in public service simply goes without saying!!) :-) sometimes people need to be given a break. Go easy; you never know when you may need one too. Emmaaa
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

JhHens wrote:
Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say, Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc................. ..... No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock.
And Paul Nichols ( Paul Greenhalgh) of course our very own Bolton Nutter as per Phiw Mitchel in Eastenders now a famous movie star !
Also as she wasnt looking at his face when he hired her you cant honestly beleive he hired her for her looks can you ? You know the old saying Fireplace and Fire !!!
[quote][p][bold]JhHens[/bold] wrote: Ask people to name any of Boltons favourite sons & daughters and what will 90% probably say, Danny Boyle, Hilda Baker, Frank Finley, Hilary Devey, Peter Kay, Shirley Anne Field, Amir Khan, Sara Cox, Tommy Lawton etc etc................. ..... No, Helen Wood??? Where did it all go wrong??? We're a laughing stock.[/p][/quote]And Paul Nichols ( Paul Greenhalgh) of course our very own Bolton Nutter as per Phiw Mitchel in Eastenders now a famous movie star ! Also as she wasnt looking at his face when he hired her you cant honestly beleive he hired her for her looks can you ? You know the old saying Fireplace and Fire !!! Lancashire always
  • Score: -5

1:42am Sat 23 Aug 14

whitewall76 says...

Not that I think she's a particularly nice person or anything. But. As the saying goes. Show me someone thay says they have never made a mistake and I'll show you a liar....
Not that I think she's a particularly nice person or anything. But. As the saying goes. Show me someone thay says they have never made a mistake and I'll show you a liar.... whitewall76
  • Score: 5

1:40am Sun 24 Aug 14

Bobhat007 says...

I've known Helen since school. She was always a good natured person and down to earth. She was a good friend. She had a bad upbringing and was a mother at a young age. She's made bad choices in her twenties and since then had her guard up. Sometimes resulting in her to behave in a hostile way. I don't agree with it but all in all when it comes to it she's a good girl. I can understand why people are angry when she won but there are a lot worse people in this town and a lot more things going on that you could put as much effort into. She's been with a footballer for money. Get over it. She was gobby at times in BB. Get over it! Put your energy into something else instead of having all this anger towards her. Amen
I've known Helen since school. She was always a good natured person and down to earth. She was a good friend. She had a bad upbringing and was a mother at a young age. She's made bad choices in her twenties and since then had her guard up. Sometimes resulting in her to behave in a hostile way. I don't agree with it but all in all when it comes to it she's a good girl. I can understand why people are angry when she won but there are a lot worse people in this town and a lot more things going on that you could put as much effort into. She's been with a footballer for money. Get over it. She was gobby at times in BB. Get over it! Put your energy into something else instead of having all this anger towards her. Amen Bobhat007
  • Score: 7

8:19am Sun 24 Aug 14

JhHens says...

People have a choice as to who they think is a good girl or not so good girl and a lot chose not to like Helen Wood and what image she portrays to the youth of today, get over it!
People have a choice as to who they think is a good girl or not so good girl and a lot chose not to like Helen Wood and what image she portrays to the youth of today, get over it! JhHens
  • Score: -3

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