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|Born||21 August 1983|
Brentwood, Essex, England
|Occupation||Reality TV personality|
Chantelle Vivien Houghton (previously Preston) (born 21 August 1983, Brentwood, Essex, England), was billed as the first 'non-celebrity' to feature in the Channel 4 reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
She emerged as the winner of series 4, beating 10 bona fide 'celebrities' (Michael Barrymore, Maggot, Preston, Pete Burns, Traci Bingham, Dennis Rodman, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Faria Alam and Jodie Marsh), and winning a prize of £25,000.
Following a much-publicised on-screen courtship, Houghton married former fellow Celebrity Big Brother 2006 contestant Samuel Preston of The Ordinary Boys in August 2006. The couple announced their separation in a joint statement on 27 June 2007, and finally divorced on 21 November 2007.
In October 2007, Chantelle was named "TV's latest reality millionaire" and experts are reported saying that her true wealth easily exceeds £1 million.
Born in Brentwood, Essex, Houghton was born to parents Alan and Vivien, and has an older brother Greg. Leaving school at 15 with seven GCSE's, she worked in a bank and as an office clerk.
After various friends suggested she would make a good model, Houghton entered a 2001 competition run by a Motorcycle News magazine, and after winning it became a promotions girl. Wanting to be like her heroine Jordan (Katie Price), she undertook some glamour modelling, started out by having her mother take some topless shots in a local park. In 2003, she entered a Daily Star competition as a page three girl, which she didn't win but appeared once in the tabloid newspaper.
She appeared as a Soccerette model on Sky TV's Soccer AM show, and worked for a look-alike agency, portraying Paris Hilton (the same agency now offers another model as a "Chantelle Houghton look-alike"). In 2005 she competed in a Miss Greater London beauty pagent, where she lost to Jenny Velasquez who took the crown and went on to compete in Miss England.
Celebrity Big Brother 2006
Chantelle had originally applied to be in Big Brother 6 and was a stand-by for that series but was never called up, however producers decided to use her for the upcoming celebrity version of the show.
Chantelle entered the house on Day 1 and became the first non-celebrity to enter Celebrity Big Brother. She was told by Big Brother her cover story was that she was a member of a fictional band called Kandy Floss. According to Big Brother, Chantelle is the lead singer. Their singles were "I Want It Right Now", "Come Back" and "More More More". "I Want It Right Now" was their biggest hit. Had she failed to convince them, she would have been evicted from the house. She successfully fooled her housemates and survived to the end of the show. In her Big Brother profile page Chantelle described herself as a "bright, blonde bimbo" (despite not being a natural blonde). She said, "I look like Paris Hilton, not on purpose but it's just the way it turned out". She has since been nicknamed "Paris Travelodge" (implying a poor version of Paris Hilton).
On the first evening, Chantelle reported a potential problem: she had previously met Jodie Marsh's brother while out clubbing. Happily for her, her fears proved unfounded.
On 8 January (day 4), Big Brother set a task to the group to rate themselves by how famous they thought they were. The celebrity they thought was the most famous stood on the #1 podium and the person they considered the least famous stood on the #11 podium. Chantelle had to avoid being put in the #11 podium to prove she had fooled the real celebrities and stay in the house. Chantelle survived the task, being chosen to stand on the #9 podium, ahead of Samuel Preston and Maggot. She was then called to the diary room to discuss her identity with Big Brother. This was simultaneously shown on a television screen in the lounge, in front of the other housemates.
Chantelle was nominated for eviction on day 21, but was saved from eviction by the public as the other two nominees--George Galloway and Dennis Rodman--were both evicted in a double eviction. While in the house, Chantelle established close bonds with Jodie Marsh and Samuel Preston of The Ordinary Boys.
Chantelle won the show on 27 January with 56.4% of the public vote, ahead of Michael Barrymore on 22.7%, earning her £25,000 (the celebrities were reportedly paid fees of up to £150,000 each).
Chantelle's mother said she was to be represented by controversial publicist Max Clifford. However, he stated on TV that she has not signed with him but he did 'help out in an advisory position'. She is said to have £500,000 worth of offers for modeling, TV appearances and interviews. Clifford believes that her fame would be brief but explosive: "I think it will be a very exciting five or 10 minutes. Maybe we can stretch it to 15."
Chantelle has also presented The Paul O'Grady Show and is good friends with Chanelle Hayes. She also had her own post Big Brother show called Chantelle: Living the Dream. Chantelle's first magazine cover was weekly celebrity magazine, Sneak magazine.
Chantelle has appeared as a guest on several TV shows since winning Celebrity Big Brother. These include:
- The Friday Night Project on 10 February and 17 February 2006 as a co-presenter to Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins, replacing Debra Stephenson, due to her heavy filming schedule for Coronation Street
- Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, as a contestant on 10 March 2006
- ITV1's The Mint, as a guest
- BBC's The Weakest Link, as a contestant on 5 May 2006, which also featured sometime reality TV stars Michael Barrymore and Russell Grant; and Big Brother's Big Mouth on 17 August 2006, during the final week of the seventh series of Big Brother.
- CBBC's Comic Relief does Beat the Boss, alongside Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne and comedian Joe Pasquale
- ITV1's Call Me a Cabbie as a trainee in 2007
- BBC TV Drama Hotel Babylon as the girlfriend of Chris Moyles.
Chantelle also presented her own dating show called Chantelle's Dream Dates, where she gave girls on the street a makeover and got them to date one of three male contestants, similar to Davina McCall's show Streetmate.
In May 2006, she signed a £300,000 deal with Random House to publish her autobiography. It was released in October 2006 called Living the Dream which sold 50,000, much of the stock is currently being shifted to stores like The Works. Extracts from the book were read out by Simon Amstell on the 14 February 2007 edition of Never Mind the Buzzcocks which caused Preston, who was a guest on the show, to walk off the set.
Chantelle came second in The Independent's 'Britain's Happiest People' list.
Chantelle has written several columns in high profile magazines, most notably OK's BB7 columnist and NEW's BB8 columnist. Before becoming NEW's BB8 columnist she had another column in NEW magazine entitled "I Want It Right Now" in which she shared make up and fashion tips.
Since splitting from Preston, Chantelle has reinvented herself and has been described as "the new Katie Price." Chantelle appeared on the scene with dyed blonde hair with extensions, fuller looking lips, and had a breast enlargement operation taking her from a 32B to 32E. In 2008, she opened a clothing store in Great Yarmouth called Store Twenty One.
Chantelle announced her engagement to Samuel Preston on 11 April 2006. In an exclusive £300,000 deal each with OK! magazine, they were married on 25 August 2006 at the Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London. Chantelle coloured her hair brunette for the wedding.
After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Preston's flat in Brighton, East Sussex. In a later 2008 interview with Piers Morgan, she admitted that Preston had told her one month after the wedding that he had not wanted to marry her. The couple continued undertaking interviews for various magazines, with Chantelle losing weight and colouring her hair brunette to look more like Preston's former fiancee Camille.
Ten months later, on 27 June 2007 they announced in a joint statement that they were ending their marriage. "After much soul-searching and tearful discussions we have sadly decided to end our marriage," they said in the statement. “We hope we can always remain friends and still love each other but we both think we put so much pressure on one another to make our marriage work that it has ended up destroying our relationship. No one else is involved in our decision." The couple insisted their relationship was genuine and denied they had rushed into marriage. “We know people will think we married too quickly on the back of Big Brother but the truth is that, what anyone thinks, we did have a whirlwind romance but we were genuinely in love with each other at the time and we will never regret our time together. We both believe in marriage and we never treated our vows or our commitment to each other lightly. We've spent hours and hours discussing whether we can salvage our marriage, give it another go, try harder, anything rather than give up. But we now both agree that we should go our separate ways. We are both young and we still have our lives in front of us. The last two weeks or so have been very upsetting and sad for us and our friends and family and we appreciate their support."
It was announced in July 2007, in many tabloid newspapers and websites, that the couple had moved back in together. These rumours were confirmed in an interview between Chantelle, and OK! magazine. However it was then reported that Preston was dating again and the ex-couple only communicated to discuss business matters.
The rumours of the final breakdown to their marriage were confirmed on 21st November 2007, when London's Reuters News Agency announced that Houghton had been granted a decree nisi at First Avenue House, on the grounds of her husband's admitted unreasonable behavior. Preston did not contest the petition, and neither appeared in court for the ninety second hearing. They were given their decree absolute certificate six weeks later.
Chantelle put her house in Brentwood on the property market in September 2008. In December 2008, Chantelle moved into the popular and exclusive Clements Park Development, in the desirable area of West Brentwood.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Big Brother's Chantelle and Preston Divorce". Reuters. 21 November 2007. http://uk.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUKL2110303120071121.
- ↑ Chantelle is reality TV's latest millionaire (thelondonpaper)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Piers Morgan: The darkside of Fame - BBC One, 26th October, 2008
- ↑ The Soccerettes Hall Of Fame 2005/06 showing Chantelle at #6
- ↑ "Chantelle - Celeb or not a Celeb - that is the question…". Special Bets. http://specialbets.blogspot.com/2006/01/chantelle-celeb-or-not-celeb-that-is.html. Retrieved on 8 January 2005.
- ↑ "The Celebrity Big Brother Final - Review Of The Voting". Special Bets. http://specialbets.blogspot.com/2006/01/celebrity-big-brother-final-review-of.html. Retrieved on 30 January 2006.
- ↑ "Chantelle is a £1m winner". This is London. 27 January 2006. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/showbiz/celebbb/articles/21551397?source=Evening%20Standard.
- ↑ "Hotel Babylon press pack". BBC Press Office. 20 December 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/12_december/20/babylon.shtml.
- ↑ "Britain's Happiest People". Happiest People. http://www.biogs.com/awards/happy.html. Retrieved on 6 January 2007.
- ↑  Results of The National Television Awards 2006 Results and Nominations)
- ↑ "Chantelle: My bad boy is fit". The Sun. 3 March 2008. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article869939.ece. Retrieved on 27 October 2008.
- ↑ "Big Brother's Chantelle to open new shop". Great Yarmouth Mercury. 16 May 2008. http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/content/yarmouthmercury/news/story.aspx?brand=GYMOnline&catego. Retrieved on 18 May 2008.
- ↑ "Chantelle and Preston get engaged". BBC News. 12 April 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4901556.stm.
- ↑ "Chantelle Houghton: Preston never wanted to marry me". Now! magazine. 25 October 2008. http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/274955/chantelle-houghton-preston-never-wanted-to-marry-me/1/. Retrieved on 26 October 2008.
- ↑ "Big Brother couple end marriage". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6245940.stm. Retrieved on 27 June 2007.
- ↑ Chantelle moves back in with Preston | the Daily Mail
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