The proud mum of Doncaster’s first Big Brother contestant has praised her ‘funny’ and ‘witty’ daughter for making it into tonight’s final.
Chloe Wilburn, a 25-year-old office worker, is the only woman left in this series of the fly-on-the-wall reality TV show – and the bookies’ favourite to win.
Speaking about her daughter’s achievement, Theresa Conneely, of Bentley, said: “Chloe has been herself the whole way through, she’s just a genuine, down-to-earth girl and that’s come across.
“Her personality has shone through and she’s done Doncaster proud.
“You hear a lot of negative things about Doncaster, but Chloe has gone on there and shown people from Doncaster are nice genuine people.
“I think Chloe has been very funny and very witty.
“Ninety per cent of the ex-housemates who have come out have said they would like her to win, so for them to be endorsing her shows she has obviously made a good impression.
“It makes me quite emotional to talk about it because I’m so proud of her.”
Despite claiming to be a self-confessed chav in her pre-show recordings, Theresa says her daughter has proved she is anything but.
She said: “Chloe did warn us her video was a bit controversial, but I think during her time on the show she’s shown she’s so far removed from a chav, she’s just a normal girl.”
Theresa and a group of friends and family are making their way to London to support Chloe at the live final tonight and are planning a big celebration when she returns to Doncaster.
Theresa said: “Chloe was the bookies’ favourite, but it keeps changing day to day, depending on what is shown on the show, but for Chloe, win or lose, she’ll just be so happy she got to the final in the first place.”
And her mum thinks her daughter will keep her feet firmly on the ground when she comes out of the house.
Theresa said: “Chloe has always said she’ll go back to work when she gets out, she loves her job and they’ve been really good letting her have a three-month sabbatical to take part in the show.
“She didn’t go in there for the fame, she’s not a singer, actress or an entertainer so it was never her intention to try to have a career on the back of it.
“Chloe is aware the fame from the show only lasts for a couple of weeks. I’m not saying she won’t do a magazine interview and things like that but it will be things that fit in with her work as she loves her job.”
If Chloe does scoop the £116,100 prize money, she has vowed to help her family and friends.
Theresa said: “She said she would pay for her and her friends to go to Benidorm because she had to miss her best friend’s hen do there as she was in the house.
“She’s said she will help me with the shortfall on the mortgage because I’m working two jobs seven days a week at the minute and she’s also said she would like to help her brothers get on the property ladder. We’re a very close family and Chloe is always looking out for us.”
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