23/01/2013 05:46 GMT | Updated 23/01/2013 05:50 GMT

'Celebrity Big Brother' 2013: Lacey Banghard Knew About Rylan's Secret 'X Factor' Rehearsals

Former 'Celebrity Big Brother' housemate Lacy Banghard has suggested that she was also aware of Rylan Clark's secret departures from the Big Brother house for 'X Factor' rehearsals.

When asked about the controversy by Digital Spy, Banghard said: "Oh, I didn't know that had come out. I'm not too sure how I feel about it."

Lacey Banghard

Asked if all the housemates knew what had been going on, Banghard responded: "I can't say, sorry. [You've] put me on the spot".

Earlier this week, former 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant Gillian Taylforth revealed on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff' that Clark has been leaving the confines of the show.

The ex-'EastEnders' star revealed the shocking news, seemingly unaware that it breaks the rules of 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

The contestants are meant to live in isolation, but Taylforth claimed: "Rylan went out to do X Factor rehearsals... obviously he wasn't allowed to talk about it, but when he came back he'd just ask somebody the time very quickly like [his] driver, and we said to him when he'd get in, 'What's the time?'"

Meanwhile, 'Celebrity Big Brother' producers have claimed that Clark's 'X Factor' rehearsals were approved prior to him entering the house.

"Rylan was escorted by a Big Brother producer at all times during rehearsal to ensure full compliance," they said in a statement.

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