Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Former Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton dies aged 32

Former Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton dies aged 32

Rylan Clark has reached out to former Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton after reports of her death, which made national news, was actually a result of her Twitter account being hacked.

"Big Brother" fans will best remember Brazil-born Rebekah - who took part in the show under her former name, Rodrigo Lopes - for her unabashed love of the Queen, as well as the United Kingdom in general, and brief romance with fellow housemate Charlie Drummond.

Tragically, news broke in the early hours of today (Friday, January 12) that Rebekah had "unexpectedly" passed away earlier this week.

'We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time'.

But after deleting the message, the 32-year-old uploaded a video pleading "Please stop spreading this news!"

'This person can't accept the fact that I'm happy, that I overcame all my problems and then I'm finally living my life happy. Rebekah's final tweet was shared on 19 November, wherein she shared a black and white profile picture of herself. I'm on holiday in Arabia and I'm not dead'.

Rebekah tearfully explained: "Nobody would choose the hardest path or wakes up one day to say, "Yes, I will be a woman or tomorrow I will be a man".

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'I'm not sure what I would do if I could go back in time, ' she said.

"Our thoughts are with her friends and family, from everyone here at Big Brother UK".

"At first you have to face yourself as it's not easy to be a different person, or what's considered different".

Speaking about her surgery in 2014, she told her fans: 'I've had my sex change in Rio with Dr Marcio Littleton'. "At one point before my surgery I had to leave home, and for six months of my life I turned to prostitution". I started crying in the corridor saying, "I regret it, I regret it". So many times I wanted to kill myself because I had no one to talk to. And she achieved so much through her transition", while a third wrote, "Oh no.

"The pain is incredible".

"You can't see what I've been through; you can't see my heart or feelings".

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