Nikki Grahame on Kerrang! Radio
June 21, 2009
Interview with Nick Margerrison on "The Night Before Show" June 16th 2009
Despite having a rather hoarse voice from too much shouting at the Isle of Wight festival, Nikki gave a confident interview about the publication of her book and her time in Big Brother.
The interviewer focussed mainly on Nikki's time in Big Brother, describing her as someone he thought at the time was messed up and possibly mad. Nikki explained that if her read her book he would realise that there were plenty of reasons for her erratic behaviour in the BB house but she did admit that she probably was a bit mad - as she thought everyone was mad in their own way. Nick then asked her about her time in the various institutions she had been in and wondered whether she hadn't taken a big risk by going into BB, saying that watching it he had been really worried that she would freak out big time. Nikki explained that when she entered the BB house she was in a happy place, and had overcome her anorexia and been well for several years. She said that she had found it hard at times because in the house you have no control over anything and anorexia is all about being in control, but overall she had enjoyed it and it helped her overcome a lot of her OCD issues.
Nikki then answered questions from listeners. The first asked why she had ever signed up for BB at all and Nikki explained that she had always been a fan and had watched the programme a lot in previous years. She described how hard it was for her after all her lost years to reintergrate into society with no qualifications and had basically thought "why not give it a go" She had nothing to lose and said it was the best thing she ever did.
The second question asked her about her relationship with Pete and Nikki said that although Pete had broken her heart, she believed that everything in life happens for a reason and it was probably better that they weren't together.
Another questioner asked if there was a point to BB and Nikki explained that it was essentially entertainment and everyone who went into the house knew exactly what they were letting themselves in for.
Nikki then spoke about her recent visit ot the Isle of Wight and the bands she had enjoyed there and finally she was asked about this years housemate, Angel, who was on hunger strike in the house and Nikki said firmly that she thought the producers should remove her as it sent out very bad messages to people watching the show, many of who might be quite vulnerable.
It is worth noting that whilst the interview was supposedly about the publication of Nikki's book it is her time in Big Brother 3 years ago that is still vividly remembered by, and of interest to, listeners and interviewers.
Although probably remembered most for her strops and tantrums, it is only by reading her book that you get an insight into her life and can understand the reasons behind this behaviour.
Hopefully many of the people who were fascinated by Nikki in the BB house will now read it.
Nikki will also be on Talksport on The Late Show with Ian Collins between 10pm and 1am tonight.
Fragile by Nikki Grahame
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