Friday 21 July 2017

Michaella McCollum 'in advanced talks' to star on Big Brother with fellow drug mule Reid

Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police
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Irish drugs mule Michaella McCollum and accomplice Melissa Reid are in talks to star on Big Brother, according to reports.

The pair shot to infamy in 2013 when they were caught trying to smuggle 11kg of cocaine, worth almost €2million, in their luggage from Lima

Northern Irish woman McCollum (24) was freed last March and returned to Ireland last August. She has recently been pictured on beaches in Spain and now The Sun is reporting that she is in "advanced talks" to appear on Channel 5 show Big Brother.

A source told the newspaper: “Michaella has made no secret of her dream to become a reality TV star.

Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police
Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police

“She’s spent the last six months trying to build up her profile and her image – and just days ago she was even snapped on the beach in a very revealing swimming costume.

“It’s all part of her bid to get her name out there in the lead up to returning to our screens – this time on an entertainment show, not BBC news."

According to the source Big Brother producers have spoken to her about getting her on the next series of the show, which is a pairs theme.

“Her accomplice Melissa is less excited by the whole showbiz world but, because of the pairs theme, producers think they would be the ideal signing.

“They think the girls will help to stir up some excitement and chatter for the new series, as well as bring some glamour and drama.”

Last week pictures of McCollum walking on a beach in Spain appeared in the media.

Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum

Using her social media account McCollum has appeared to hit back at her critics.

"For those who did not like the bikini pictures published heres 3 enjoy!! Embrace what you have," she wrote on her Instagram account alongside new holiday pictures.

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