Charlotte Crosby: 'I'm only embarrassed when I'm sober'
Her bedroom antics made her a television hit, but Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby has also been hailed a role model by some. She tells Hannah Stephenson how she has always been true to herself.
Outspoken Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby is famed for having sex with Gaz in the house of the popular MTV reality show and wetting her bed in Celebrity Big Brother.
She thinks of herself as a regular 25-year-old, going out and getting "proper mortal" (drunk) with her mates, describing her bad habits as belching constantly, scratching her bottom and washing herself with baby wipes because she can't be bothered to shower. Is that really how regular 25-year-olds behave? I must be getting old.
"What do you class as normal? Normal means different things to different people. To me, normal would mean going out with my friends, getting drunk, coming in and waking up in the morning and laughing about the funny stories. Normal to someone else could mean reading a book," the chirpy Geordie lass insists.
Indeed, a survey of 18 to 25-year-olds found that Crosby was the woman with the most admired personality, as reported on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She already boasts 2.34 million followers on Twitter and is considered by some to be a role model.
Now, she has her own clothing range - Nostalgia - which she models herself, and her happy, smiling face is looking out from the jacket of her ghostwritten autobiography, Me Me Me, in which she describes her drunken tales in detail, from her boozy teenage years to her life on Geordie Shore and on-off relationship with Gaz, which fans loved.
"I think people learned to love us. Me and Gary were only a thing after series two. The main thing that got people watching the show was how 'out there' we were, and how shocking and dramatic the show was."
Their romance has been off for a while, as she's been seeing her latest beau, Mitch Jenkins, for two-and-a-half years, although that's been a bit on-off as well, as they split up for a while when she was constantly away filming.
"We had a good break from each other and then we both grew up. We needed a bit of space to work out what was important. Mitch is funny, very hard-working (he's a painter and decorator) and smart.
"I do think about marriage a lot, and if he were to ask me, I'd definitely say yes," she reveals. "In 10 years, I'll be 35. I want to have my first baby at 30, so in 10 years, I'll probably have one child and maybe I'll be carrying another, I'll be married, I'll have a lovely big house and I won't be on Geordie Shore any more, but hopefully I'll be doing something else on TV."
We may see her having sex and getting steaming drunk on reality TV, but her life was more debauched before Geordie Shore, she insists, which is partly why her mum doesn't mind what she gets up to on the show.
"My parents have seen me in far worse states than anything I've done on TV. Ask them and they'd tell you that Geordie Shore calmed me down."
She continues: "They saw people loved the show, saying I was hilarious, and finally they accepted it. Then they thought, 'Yes, it is hilarious'. When I first told my mum I had sex on the show, she was like, 'Okay, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. At least you haven't murdered anyone.'
"It's a tiny bit of quilt action, that's all. People act like I've done full-on porn."
Does she thinks she's a good role model?
"Who is a good role model? At the end of the day, I'm real. I don't think I'm a role model, I'm a real person. I'm not prepped and primed and being told what to say and what not to say, and how to be the perfect person," she says. "I'm just a real girl who just happens to be famous. I haven't changed how I act, or how I go on.
"It's a compliment. I feel gobsmacked about it (being thought of as a role model). But I never tried to be that, nor under any circumstances did I want to be that, or think that this would ever happen."
Does she have any regrets about what she's done on telly in front of millions?
"I wouldn't like to say I have any regrets, because I know I'd do them all again in a heartbeat," she insists.
"I'm happy with the way everything's gone.
"The only time I'm embarrassed is when I'm doing things soberly."
- Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby is available now, Headline, £16.99