Catching up with Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton

Posted by Dean Piper On January 9th, 2011

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So tell me all about your new fitness DVD Bootcamp Workout Chantelle?
It’s not like a lot of them out there which are all about huge weight-loss. I have lost weight but it’s not a crash fad diet one where you loose four stone. If you lose a lot of weight very quickly then you always put it back on. It’s not good for your body doing that either. Even with yo-yo dieting you’ll always find that you’ll end up being bigger as you’re messing around with your metabolism. If you loose four stone over a period of seven-eight months then you’ll be more likely to keep it off as it’s not sudden. My DVD is promoting the fact that if you do exercise like this and eat well then you will lose weight and keep it off like I have done. It’s not a run-of-the-mill DVD.

Do you feel much more confident now you have you’re new bod?
God yeah, definitely. It’s so nice to go shopping for clothes and not be looking for them to hide my stomach or another part of my body. I feel much more confident just walking along the street and not covering any area up. It’s so nice to go shopping for things that you love rather than buy baggy tops to hide stuff, I hated that.

But you were never big…
I really was. I was never huge but compared to what I’m like now I was big. I was starting to pile on the pounds. I think in your late twenties it really starts to creep up on you and before I knew it I was a size 12-14 and I had never been like that in my life. I know that’s not huge but compared to what I have always been like that was big for me.

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So what’s an average day like for you now – do you have a structured exercise regime and diet?
I just sort of exercise when I feel like it really. I do it three-four times a week but I haven’t got any structure to it really. I’m eating healthy but every now and then I’ll have something bad but you’ve got to haven’t you?

Would you ever have considered getting liposuction to shift the excess pounds like fellow celebs Kerry Katona and Katie Price did?
I don’t disagree with it but I think it’s one of the most natural things in the world to exercise and eat healthy. I think it’s a real shame if you have to turn to surgery to loose weight, I really do. If someone wants it done then that’s their choice but I personally wouldn’t want to have it done as I think you can loose weight naturally.

And you’re now all loved up with a new hot man, TV presenter Rav Wilding.
Yeah, he’s great. We met through mutual friends and just clicked and it’s worked out alright. It’s early days so we’ll see how it goes. We’ve been dating for about two months now.

Were you nervous about putting another relationship in the spotlight?
(Long pause). I mean… I mean… You can’t not. There is no other way to go about it so if it doesn’t work out then it doesn’t work out. If it does, then great. I can’t hide it and you just have to go with it. It’s hard to sneak around and be secretive. I’m not scared about it at all and am quite open-minded about it all really.

Are you loved up yet?
Ooh, I don’t know about the ‘L’ world. That’s quite a big word isn’t it? Even those it’s only four letters it means a lot. You know, it’s just really early days so we’ll see how it goes.

Did your new found confidence that you got from your new bod helpwith dating again?
I think when you meet someone and you feel better in your body then you do feel better being with them and going out with them. So yeah it did help. I wouldn’t say that I met a man because I lost weight but it did help. I felt a lot better going for dinner with him in clothes that I wanted to wear rather than ‘Oh my God can he see my fat belly?’

Did you have to seek approval from anyone first on dating Rav?
Oh no, I don’t seek approval from anyone. I usually get advice from people but ultimately I’ll do it my way anyway. I should really listen to people but us girls are going to do it anyway.

Is Rav romantic?
Yeah he’s really romantic but like I said it is just so early days so you don’t want to jinx anything.

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Have you learnt anything from what you went through with Preston that you can apply to your new relationship?
God definitely. Like I’m going to take it a lot slower and not get married in like six months! But you know what, I don’t regret that. I’m definitely not going to rush into marriage. It’s really hard to get out of! It costs more to get a divorce than it does to get married. It’s a proper palaver getting divorced.

Well you’ll already taking things slower as you didn’t even give him a snog until the fifth date…
Yeah definitely. I just didn’t want it to be like we went out then we had to kiss. I wanted to spend some time together and I wanted to know that I wanted to kiss him. You know what I mean? I could feel that I really fancied him but on the first date I didn’t know if I wanted to kiss him. So I waited until I was ready.

Do you think it will surprise anyone that you held off locking lips with him for so many dates?
Yeah it probably will. Especially considering my track history where I get married in six months! But that’s the only thing I’ve learnt from experience – to take things slowly.

Do you think you reckon your track history may have scared off any other prospective blokes?

Yeah probably. I 100% think a lot of men are put off by the fact that I have been married. I don’t why; I wouldn’t not date a man because he has been married before. But there is always that ‘Ooh is she over that relationship?’ because it is such a big thing. They need to get over it because I have.

So 2011 looks like it’s set to be a great year for you.
I’m just concentrating on being happy and healthy and starting as I mean to go on. I’ve got some more underwear stuff coming up but obviously I am concentrating on my DVD at the moment. I’d love to do my own underwear range so fingers crossed. I’ve always been interested in that so that’s the main thing I want to do. Get my new body out on show!

Would you like to do some more reality TV?
Yeah definitely because that’s what I do and I suppose that’s what I’m good at really.

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

I just want to keep my weight off really and keep fit. I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions as there’s nothing that I do which is that terrible to make me think I don’t want to do it. I just want to enjoy my life.

What do you think about Peter Andre’s new relationship with Elen Rivas?

Yeah I heard about that. I just don’t think you should comment on anyone else’s relationship because it makes it harder for them. Good luck to them. I hope he is happy. The rumours about me and him were never true.

Are you going to be supporting Kerry Katona on Dancing On Ice?
I watch the programme so I love the show. Yeah I suppose you have just got to support the one who is best really. So we will see who is good.

We hear Ms Katona is doing very well in training….

Oh is she? Oh cool. I’ll look out for it.

Words: Natalie Edwards

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