Former Big Brother winner Pete Bennett reveals he is homeless after becoming addicted to ketamine
Published 03/04/2015 | 12:47
Pete Bennett, who has Tourette’s Syndrome, has said that winning the reality show in 2006 was a curse.
The Brighton native confessed that he spent his prize money on drugs, and has been unable to get work as “no one would touch [him] with a barge pole” thanks to his part on the show.
Pete (33) told Jeremy Kyle that he squandered his £100,000 prize money and is now without a roof over his head.
“I had all of that money and I didn't know what to do with it – I put it on the wrong things. The fame pushed me in a way that I didn't want to go.
“When I left the house I was led down the garden path with a lot of things. I felt like I was not being allowed to do what I wanted - I was a puppet.
“I first got into drugs 15 years ago, I've always been the last man standing at a party but then I became addicted to ketamine and it became a habit and I did it every day.
“I couldn't go anywhere without getting given stuff. I don’t want to know how much I spent on it,” he lamented.
Pete told the chat show host that he has seen several friends die from drug-related overdoses in the past decade.
On the plus side, Pete has gained control over his Tourette’s. When he appeared in the Big Brother house, he famously would involuntarily shout swear words all day.
In August 2006, Pete and fellow contestant Nikki Grahame, who was notorious for throwing tantrums, began a relationship but it only lasted a few weeks.
Pete then started dating his friend Gemma Costin. Eight years later,they wed on reality show Four Weddings but Pete announced on his Facebook page that they were getting divorced after six months of marriage.
Pete is now seeking help for his addictions.
“When I went to get proper help for my addiction, this drug worker started to ask me about loss and I talked to him about all of the friends I’d had who died.
“I hadn’t been dealing with it. I was dealing with it by taking Ketamine and not dealing with it. I had to deal with my friends deaths and that's what got me off the Ketamine.”
Now that he is clean, he is living his life the best he can and is hoping to pursue a career in acting.
“I do wish I'd done things differently but I've got a plan,” he revealed. “I’ve got into acting, I'm doing loads of films and working my way up the ladder....'I've got my eye on Hollywood.”