Ricky Norwood Opens Up About 'Deep Depression' That Followed His Sex Scandal

'I had all the blinds drawn.'

Ricky Norwood has opened up about the aftermath of a sex scandal he was embroiled in back in 2014.

The former ‘EastEnders’ actor was suspended from the soap for two months, when a Skype video surfaced showing him performing a sex act while appearing to smoke marijuana.

His character, Arthur Chubb (better known to viewers as Fatboy), was killed off a year later, as he became caught in the crossfire of Vincent Hubbard’s feud with the Mitchell family.

<strong>Ricky in the 'CBB' house</strong>
Ricky in the 'CBB' house
Channel 5

Speaking about the backlash that came when the video leaked online, Ricky told his fellow ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ contestants in Thursday’s (18 August) episode: “I went into deep depression. I didn’t know it was depression. I didn’t want to leave my house, I had all the blinds drawn.”

Describing what happened next, he continued: “When it came to the end of the contract, it was end of the contract. Normally I’d get a renewal.”

<strong>In character as Fatboy</strong>
In character as Fatboy

However, he insisted he held no ill feelings towards his former soap home, adding: “I was happy. I was only supposed to be there for three months, I was there just under six years.”

Ricky is currently one of five housemates facing eviction, with two housemates set to get the chop in tonight’s (19 August) double elimination.

He’s up against Stephen Bear - who was chosen to be put up for the axe every time in a twist earlier in the series - as well as Samantha Fox, Lewis Bloor and James Whale.

See who gets the chop in Friday’s ‘CBB’, airing at 9pm on Channel 5.

Leslie Grantham

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