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Sad reason Louis Walsh signed up for Celebrity Big Brother

Sad reason Louis Walsh signed up for Celebrity Big Brother

The Irishman was given the push to join the reality series after a series of tragedies

Celebrity Big Brother is well and truly underway, leaving viewers with a lot to talk about.

Thirteen stars entered the legendary house on Monday (4 March), but it's safe to say that two of them have managed to steal the spotlight already.

Former X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are this season's dynamic duo giving viewers a laugh, although the Irishman wasn't joking around when it came to claiming a bed.

He made no bones about telling Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lauren Simon that the spacious double was his before ordering her to stand up, leaving his fellow housemates pretty stunned.

Walsh seems to have made himself at home already, although that's undoubtedly been made easier for him as he's got Osbourne to have his back.

But he won't have his sidekick by his side for long, as she is only joining the housemates for five days.

She explained that she can't leave her husband Ozzy Osbourne, who has Parkinson's disease, for long periods.

The former Black Sabbath frontman was diagnosed with a 'mild' form of the condition in 2003, but only revealed his diagnosis with the degenerative neurological disorder publicly back in 2020.


Walsh is sticking it out for the long haul though and revealed he signed up for the show after realising that 'life is too short'.

The 71-year-old explained that he was given the push to join in with this year's Celebrity Big Brother after losing two people in his life recently.

During a chat with the Mirror, Walsh said: "I don't want to be in my final chapter, I want to live. I want to enjoy myself.

"I don't want to die. But then it makes sense that you get to this age and think, why not? Life’s too short.

"I’ve lost some people in my life recently and that changes you. I went to two funerals. Yeah, It’s a reality check, for sure. It makes you think about what life is all about. It makes you rethink what’s important and what you care about."

The music mogul said that the passing of his friends made him dwell on his 'own mortality' while giving him a kick up the backside to get out there and experience everything he can.

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Walsh continued: "I want to enjoy myself more. I want to see the world. Everywhere. I don't have a bucket list, I don't like that word. I just want to enjoy life - live, love and laugh. I don't want to be older and think if only I had done that.

"There’s no time for regrets. I'm happy. I'm honestly happy at the moment and this has given me an extra nudge to go and enjoy life even more."

He said his time on the ITV series would be all about 'having fun', especially while Osbourne is still in the house.

Walsh added: "This is entertainment, no one is going to die. I just want to enjoy myself.

"I'm happy, I'm kind of excited about it. I'm happy to be excited to have a purpose."

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Topics: Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother, Big Brother, TV and Film, Louis Walsh