Big Brother: Arron Lowe Interview
We spoke to evictee Arron Lowe about Conor, bullying and being the joker
Arron Lowe may have been evicted from the Big Brother house last night but he's happy to say it was his time to go. He's discovered a lot since leaving the house including the details of Conor's outbursts. Will he still be there to meet his new found BFF when he leaves, did he get anywhere with Sara and how does he feel about being accused of bullying?
Hi Arron, how are you feeling after last night?
I feel fresher this morning, I actually reached out to pick up my mic this morning which was a strange feeling.
Are you feeling any different, any regrets?
No not really, no regrets. I'm feeling good today and it was my time to leave. I'm happy with how everything went, obviously I've come out and learned a few things since I've been out. I'm glad that I'm out now because it's quite difficult to be yourself when you're put into a completely alien environment, you feel that people hate you. You have like four or five people around you all the time and I don't like to be in that kind of environment. If I felt pressured or stressed at home then I'd put my shoes on and go out for a run but in the house there's nowhere to go... other than sleep and that's not allowed in the day.
So do you think that's what caused you to start arguments in the house and pick sides?
I did feel that fights came to me but obviously I've seen things now and I know it did look at times like I was the aggressor. I'm quite a chilled out character most of the time and I like to stay out of situations but in the house I felt like sometimes, if there was a situation going on then I had to confront it before it got any worse because I just felt outside my comfort zone a lot of the time.
So we didn't see the real you for the last five weeks?
There's a very insecure side to me and certain emotions I do try to hide. If I feel threatened or if I feel I'm the victim of something rather than let it out in tears, I'll swallow it. I'm stubborn like that and ignore it, which wasn't the best idea. People didn't get to see the softer side of me, I'm a family kind of guy and I certainly wouldn't like to make people feel upset or anything like that. Like I say, a lot of the time in the house I felt like that myself.
Some of the girls said that you and Conor were bullies, how does that make you feel?
Obviously I didn't see that on the inside and I've come out and seen a few things I hadn't seen. I didn't feel like I was a bully, I've been a victim of bullying myself outside of the house growing up and I was also a victim inside the house. There were a lot of people that made me feel victimised but I just sat on it. When people started having an argument, I stepped up then to settle things before they got worse. Maybe I should have let my emotion out and people may have seen me in a different light.
Who did you think bullied you?
There was a lot of big characters in the house and I was intimidated by some of them but I wouldn't show that. With the type of guy that I am, I wouldn't want to show that emotion because I didn't want to be on the receiving end of anything. I tried to play it as cool as I could. A lot of the time I felt like I was surrounded by people who hated me. People say I was a follower of Conor but I trusted him. If he left the room and I was left with people who didn't like me, I'm gonna get up and follow him.
Who was it?
The difficult people that made me feel uncomfortable were Adam, Luke S and Deana. It was almost like they'd ask me questions hoping for an uneducated answer so they could just let rip. A lot of the time I was surrounded by a group of people who'd let rip and not care about the consequences. So a lot of the time I felt victimised and uncomfortable, it was like waking up in a nightmare and I don't like feeling like that.
I defended people a lot too but I know a lot of that wasn't aired. I'd always say 'you can't talk to people that way' or 'that's unfair' and there was very little of that shown.
How do you feel about people seeing you as a bully?
That's one thing that shook me quite hard, that's one thing that I'm 110% against. Anything to do with racism or anyone feeling victimised... I'd go as far as creating my own campaign against it. In fact it's something I'm gonna do, I've been a victim myself.
How do you think that Conor will cope now that you've left?
I'm glad it's worked out the way it has. Obviously I've seen some things now and I can't justify what he did or said, it shocked me. I only seen the good in him. I hope he's got a chance now and at least a week to redeem himself. I want people to see that he's got a good heart and that was the same with me, I'd have liked people to see the softer side of me. I think we both stayed strong for each other as we both felt victimised and we thought we were an easy target. The guy's got the biggest heart and I hope people see that.
Do you think the reason you were evicted was because of a hate campaign against Conor, so the girls stayed in?
I'm just gonna say that I hope he can redeem himself. I can't justify some of the things he's said but sometimes he lets his tongue slip. There were a couple of things said that I didn't hear and I've learned about them when I came out of the house. It's disappointed me if I'm honest because if I'd have heard him say that I've had told him to chill out. We've sat there a few times and reminded each other that it's a game show. I've said to him before 'keep your cool because this can affect your life on the outside' and it seems that that's what's happened. I'd say people have got the wrong end of the stick but I can't justify what he said, they weren't my words. Sometimes my jokes weren't good jokes but I was just being a joker. It's a tough situation because I only saw a loveable character. I'm looking forward to seeing him come out and I hope he redeems himself and has his own say. It's hard in there, it really is.
Will you speak to him again on the outside now you know what he's said?
He's got at least a week to redeem himself and we all know that everything can change in a week. If he comes out next week, I'll still be on Bit On The Side. I'm just gonna remember the person I knew in the house and he's a loveable character. I didn't see this stuff until I came out, he didn't do himself any favours with some of the things he's said and I can't defend that but I want him to be able to defend himself. He's not that type of person, he wouldn't do that intentionally to anyone else.
I'm looking forward to everyone coming out the house, I don't hold a grudge against anyone as life's too short. It's a roller-coaster in that place and I think we'll all get on when we're out with our own lives.
Will you speak to Sara on the outside, you had a soft spot for her?
She had a heart of gold and I'll speak to her on the outside.
Would you have persued things with her if she'd reciprocated?
Oh no, nothing like that - my family is watching. The relationship part of me I like to keep private. For me all that is between two people and not for the world.
Do you think that Lushleigh's relationship is fake?
I hope it's not, just for their sake. People say housemates do things for deals and things, I hope that's not the case. It's real, it looked real to me.
Back in BB9, Rex pranked the housemates over and over and landed himself a huge following. Did you prank the housemates for votes or were you bored?
Nothing I did was for votes because at some points I forgot about the outside world. I forgot I was on a game show. I did it for my own entertainment and they were all harmless. There was a lot of time you were bored and my pranks kept me going. If it kept the viewers entertained then that's a bonus.
So what's next for you, are you going back to modelling?
I'm considering stepping back into the cage at some point and doing some reality stuff too. I'm a busy person and I like to keep busy.
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