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Runner-up Ashleigh Coyle: No regrets over Big Brother

By Amanda Ferguson

Big Brother runner-up Ashleigh Coyle says she would "forgive and forget" surprise winner Helen Wood for her difficult behaviour during their time on the reality TV show.

In a shock result, the 18-year-old former Miss Derry lost out on the 2014 title and a £100,000 windfall when the 27-year-old former prostitute, who reportedly had an affair with England footballer Wayne Rooney, was named this year's winner.

Explosive Wood – who emerged from the house to boos and has previously said she was once a "borderline sex addict" – said she had been "out of order" on many occasions. She was guaranteed a place in the final on only the second night of the series, and admitted that she would have been evicted earlier without it.

Wood gushed afterwards: "Ashleigh was the winner, Ashleigh was the winner."

When Helen was announced as the winner last Friday night Ashleigh did not show disappointment but instead screamed with excitement and hugged her rival.

"I said when I left the house I was leaving everything that happened behind closed doors. I'm not one to hold grudges," Ashleigh told OK! magazine yesterday.

"The chances of me and Helen really staying in touch and being best buddies isn't exactly high," she added.

Last night, Ashleigh's friends and family gathered at a Karma restaurant in Derry to welcome her home.

She was one of two finalists from Northern Ireland, with Co Fermanagh journalist Christopher Hall (23) in third place.

He described his recent home as "a really tense house" and said "everyone was really full on".

Celebrity Big Brother starts tonight.

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