It's a case of stilettos at dawn for Ireland's top models as Hazel O'Sullivan's appearance on Big Brother continues to make waves.
Reality TV star and model Layla Flaherty has branded Hazel as a "man-eater" who is using her relationship with boxer Daley Ojuderie to her advantage. But pals close to Hazel say that Layla hardly knows the model and described her as "desperate" for press again.
The 24-year-old has been causing quite a storm in the Big Brother house after admitting that she does feel close to Daley. The boxer, who once sparred with Hazel's ex-boyfriend, tragic Irish boxer Darren Sutherland, has a girlfriend, but says they might not be together when he gets out of the house.
"She is a man-eater, but that doesn't always have to be a negative thing," Layla, who previously featured on E4's Desperate Scousewives, told the Diary.
And Layla, 28, says that while Daley is the Wexford native's type, she is definitely using the in-house romance to her advantage. "It definitely is her game plan. 'Showmances' always get more time on these programmes," she explained.
"And those involved in romances are usually more likely to get publicity and higher profile when they leave the house. But at the same time Daley would be the type of guy that she goes for so I would say that there are some feelings there," added the single model.
However, friends close to the model say that criticism over her blossoming relationship with the taken boxer is unfair on the brunette.
"Layla has only met Hazel once," an insider told the Diary. "Layla is just desperate for publicity and is jealous."
Another big fan of the model, is ex-Big Brother runner-up Ray Shah.
DJ Ray believes that Hazel is being herself and has what it takes to go all the way.
"Hazel is a good friend and I think she has been doing great and I've been glued to the screen," Ray told the Diary.
"Everyone has the impression that you need to be completely off the wall to win Big Brother, but I don't think those people last."
"Hazel is down-to-earth and normal, I think those are the best qualities in a winner," he added.
As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie