Blackburn Big Brother star Becky Hannon's mum on daughter's reality TV appearance

FIRM BOND Ann and daughter Becky

PROUD Ann Hannon

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Features writer

FOR residents of the Big Brother house, their summer is an extended staycation - punctuated with nominations, tasks, shopping lists and evictions. ANNA MANSELL spoke to Ann Hannon, housemate Becky’s mum, about the experience for those left behind.

“Becky going into the Big Brother house has thrown the family into havoc,” Ann Hannon said, without the slightest hint of resentment.

“She’s been in for six weeks and now things are building towards the final we have Now and Heat magazines getting in touch and the phone never stops ringing. It has been crazy, but we are enjoying it.”

Rebecca Hannon entered this year’s Big Brother house as a wild card, voted in by the public at the end of the first week of the competition on Channel 5.

Aged 19, the former community drama student from Blackburn was looking for new experiences, and school friends have told Ann that BB fan Becky vowed to get into the house during their school days.

“She has left a massive void in our lives,” said Ann. “I would love her to be in the final though as she has been a big Big Brother fan for years. She was in awe of it all before going in.”

It’s now seven weeks since Ann’s last contact with Becky – a text sent on her arrival in London, saying: “I’ve arrived in London about to have phone taken off me love you mummy millions.”

From the moment she entered the house – plunging fully clothed in a glamorous maxi dress into the pool – Becky made it clear her intentions for the show were to have fun, an attitude Ann says is typical of her daughter: 

“Becky is a larger than life character. She isn’t quiet and can come across to housemates as annoying. She wants fun and a laugh and giggle.

“I have stuff to prove that the dancing and messing about is definitely the real Becky. She will go out all beautiful for a night, but will come home looking like she’s been through the mill.”

But the realities of reality TV have bitten for ‘larger than life’ Becky, which have left Ann close to tears.

“In Turf Wars week she had a really bad week, especially with Aaron,” she said about the ex-housemate from Rossendale. “Even though he’s probably a lovely lad, he took the pranks too far and she has to retaliate before she realised he was only like that when he was with Connor.

“The most upsetting thing so far was during that week when she was in the diary room with the other nominated housemates, Aaron, Connor and Deana.

“Aaron and Connor were so disrespectful and were humiliating the girls. But it backfired on them with the public with Aaron evicted and Connor getting the next lowest votes.

“I was really upset that night and I couldn’t stop crying; I just wanted to go to London and get her on the train home with me. As her mum, I’m on pins thinking what’s going to happen to her next in there.”

And it’s not just the bitching inside the house that has upset Ann. Big Brother is a big deal on the internet with forums dedicated to the show providing an outlet for haters as well as fans of the housemates.

Ann said: “There are some evil people out there saying really nasty, hurtful things. But Becky knew when she went in and told me not to read them or the papers.

“Seeing comments online is hard. Rebecca knew she’d get abuse about her weight and was fully expecting it. She said ‘I am as I am, they’ll love me or hate me’ so she was quite prepared for that part of the experience.

“But I wasn’t prepared for the hatred, some of which has had to be reported. We are just a normal family and want her to do well like any other housemate’s family would - but I’d never put the comments I have seen.

“With Becky living at home, we do miss her but we have her sister Colette and her children Charlie, who’s five and Matilda who’s five-and-a-half months, and we’re so busy with everything that comes with Big Brother.

“We watch BBLiveUK online and watch it every night on TV, and we’re planning a massive party for whenever she does come home. It could be next week, she may make it to the final – which we would be over the moon about.”

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1:37pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Totally boring!
Old hat my dear old hat.
Totally boring! Old hat my dear old hat. Your ferret stinks
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Keith Myath says...

Clearly a slow news day.
Clearly a slow news day. Keith Myath
  • Score: 1

2:09pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Bat E Karen says...

Is it still on? Does anyone watch it these days?
Is it still on? Does anyone watch it these days? Bat E Karen
  • Score: 1

2:31pm Wed 18 Jul 12

useyourhead says...

I used to watch but have to say have not seen one minute of it this year, as has already been said, old hat!
I used to watch but have to say have not seen one minute of it this year, as has already been said, old hat! useyourhead
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Wed 18 Jul 12

woolywords says...

If the Big Brother house had bar that had an unlimited supply of alcohol, a coffee table with a huge chunk of weed on it, a pizza company that delivered on time and was filled with alcoholic, dope smoking, dole scroungers, I still wouldn't watch it.
Bring back the test card!
If the Big Brother house had bar that had an unlimited supply of alcohol, a coffee table with a huge chunk of weed on it, a pizza company that delivered on time and was filled with alcoholic, dope smoking, dole scroungers, I still wouldn't watch it. Bring back the test card! woolywords
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Bredrin says...

for the curious voyeur
for the curious voyeur Bredrin
  • Score: 2

3:38pm Wed 18 Jul 12

kojak10 says...

some nasty people on here take no notice Ann - Becky has done really well to get this far. Good luck to her and hope she reaches the final. Go Becky xx
some nasty people on here take no notice Ann - Becky has done really well to get this far. Good luck to her and hope she reaches the final. Go Becky xx kojak10
  • Score: -7

4:26pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Ragnarok says...

kojak10 wrote:
some nasty people on here take no notice Ann - Becky has done really well to get this far. Good luck to her and hope she reaches the final. Go Becky xx
Simply because some folk have an itellect larger than a postage stamp doesn't make them 'nasty people',Kojak10...Ga
rbage Reality television is a blight on our lives and some of us actually find it offensive! Just because you lead such a sad and shallow life that you need to feed off total strangers sat in a fake house doing things that are totally vacuous and pointless,don't you DARE expect everyone else to follow your sheep-like mentality...
[quote][p][bold]kojak10[/bold] wrote: some nasty people on here take no notice Ann - Becky has done really well to get this far. Good luck to her and hope she reaches the final. Go Becky xx[/p][/quote]Simply because some folk have an itellect larger than a postage stamp doesn't make them 'nasty people',Kojak10...Ga rbage Reality television is a blight on our lives and some of us actually find it offensive! Just because you lead such a sad and shallow life that you need to feed off total strangers sat in a fake house doing things that are totally vacuous and pointless,don't you DARE expect everyone else to follow your sheep-like mentality... Ragnarok
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Stuart Farquar says...

She's two faced and will be out soon lol get her a good meal ready ;)
She's two faced and will be out soon lol get her a good meal ready ;) Stuart Farquar
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Wed 18 Jul 12

whirlingdervish says...

ann,is the one on the right...
ann,is the one on the right... whirlingdervish
  • Score: 3

9:41am Thu 19 Jul 12

d146895x says...

What on earth motivates someone to take part in this crass television show?
Oh I know, the prospect of 5 minutes of fame. Get a life, get a job.
What on earth motivates someone to take part in this crass television show? Oh I know, the prospect of 5 minutes of fame. Get a life, get a job. d146895x
  • Score: 1

11:22am Thu 19 Jul 12

Mikeee47 says...

Ch 5 ? wow did they take over BB, does anyone watch CH5?
The things people do for a bit of fame these days. utterly crass, reality TV are you having a laugh? do these people work during their time in the BB house? Do they have to Shop? pay bills etc?
Fake show Fake people..
Ch 5 ? wow did they take over BB, does anyone watch CH5? The things people do for a bit of fame these days. utterly crass, reality TV are you having a laugh? do these people work during their time in the BB house? Do they have to Shop? pay bills etc? Fake show Fake people.. Mikeee47
  • Score: 0

10:59pm Thu 19 Jul 12

julespent says...

Look if you dont like BB then dont watch it and dont comment on it! You are wasting your valuable time! What people choose to watch is their business, Would be a boring world if we all watched the same show night after night and thats all there was. Entertainment is different for everybody. Ragnarok you must have watched it if you find it offensive! Why watch it??? I dont, Its not my thing but i wish Becky all the best and hope she gets out of it more positives than negatives. Dont be a snob.
Look if you dont like BB then dont watch it and dont comment on it! You are wasting your valuable time! What people choose to watch is their business, Would be a boring world if we all watched the same show night after night and thats all there was. Entertainment is different for everybody. Ragnarok you must have watched it if you find it offensive! Why watch it??? I dont, Its not my thing but i wish Becky all the best and hope she gets out of it more positives than negatives. Dont be a snob. julespent
  • Score: 0

10:57am Fri 20 Jul 12

Mikeee47 says...

julespent wrote:
Look if you dont like BB then dont watch it and dont comment on it! You are wasting your valuable time! What people choose to watch is their business, Would be a boring world if we all watched the same show night after night and thats all there was. Entertainment is different for everybody. Ragnarok you must have watched it if you find it offensive! Why watch it??? I dont, Its not my thing but i wish Becky all the best and hope she gets out of it more positives than negatives. Dont be a snob.
It might have slipped your mind, this is a comment board,free for all to use and express their opinions, if you don't like it don't read them.
No one is slating the girl, just the prog' and reality TV.
[quote][p][bold]julespent[/bold] wrote: Look if you dont like BB then dont watch it and dont comment on it! You are wasting your valuable time! What people choose to watch is their business, Would be a boring world if we all watched the same show night after night and thats all there was. Entertainment is different for everybody. Ragnarok you must have watched it if you find it offensive! Why watch it??? I dont, Its not my thing but i wish Becky all the best and hope she gets out of it more positives than negatives. Dont be a snob.[/p][/quote]It might have slipped your mind, this is a comment board,free for all to use and express their opinions, if you don't like it don't read them. No one is slating the girl, just the prog' and reality TV. Mikeee47
  • Score: 0

9:20am Sat 21 Jul 12

dunmarchin says...

She is a vile girl that just want attention,get a real job beccy
She is a vile girl that just want attention,get a real job beccy dunmarchin
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Teddybear99 says...

I love Becky, I think she has been brilliant in the BB House. I can see why her Mum is proud of her. I hope she makes the final.
I love Becky, I think she has been brilliant in the BB House. I can see why her Mum is proud of her. I hope she makes the final. Teddybear99
  • Score: 0

10:19am Wed 1 Aug 12

Hellboy says...

Oh,yes...Her mother must be very proud of her...Just goes to show how much standards have dropped in this shallow vacuous country of ours when THIS is the level we have reached in regards to 'Pride' in our children's achievements...Pathe
tic...

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/tvshowbiz/art
icle-2181843/Becky-H
annon-threatens-quit
-Big-Brother-discove
ring-housemate-Luke-
A-mocked-weight.html
Oh,yes...Her mother must be very proud of her...Just goes to show how much standards have dropped in this shallow vacuous country of ours when THIS is the level we have reached in regards to 'Pride' in our children's achievements...Pathe tic... http://www.dailymail .co.uk/tvshowbiz/art icle-2181843/Becky-H annon-threatens-quit -Big-Brother-discove ring-housemate-Luke- A-mocked-weight.html Hellboy
  • Score: 0

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