Boxer Evander Holyfield has apologised over comments he made in the house about homosexuality.
The former heavyweight champion boxer has spoken out for the first time over comments he made while in the Celebrity Big Brother house. Holyfield, who become the first celebrity evicted on Friday, has apologised for anyone he ‘offended’ when in conversation with fellow housemate Luisa Zissman.
Evander said: “She asked me something and I thought I was sharing with her my view personally, and I forgot about everything. So I am going to make a public apology about that because I am sorry for anybody I offended in that situation.”
In a conversation with Luisa which aired on Sunday 5th January, Evander said that being gay was “not normal” when asked if there was any gay boxers. He went onto say that it was a choice and compared it to being ‘handicapped’.
His comments sparked a number of complaints to Channel 5 and media regulator Ofcom. Big Brother called him to the diary room following the discussion and reminded him of the rules of the house.
Celebrity Big Brother airs nightly on Channel 5.