Heiress Lives With Struggling Mum-Of-Two On 5Star's Rich Kids Go Skint
An heiress who would gladly spend £1,000 ($1,295) on a night out and £1,500 ($1,943) each month on taxis because 'walking is for peasants' had a life-changing experience when she was paired up with a single mother of two struggling to make ends meet for a TV show.
Twenty-four-year-old Nadia Nuseibeh moved out of the home she shared with her oil-rich family in Knightsbridge to spend time with former drug addict Natalie Russell and her two boys for 5Star's Rich Kids Go Skint.
During her time with 40-year-old Natalie, who works part-time and makes ends meet through Universal Credit, Nadia got her first taste of what life in the real world is like.
Despite suffering with a back injury, Natalie works every hour she can and tops up her monthly income with Universal Credit payments.
However, she still ends up in debt some months trying to feed herself and her two sons, aged 16 and 11.
Nadia grew up in luxury as the daughter of a multimillionaire.
Over their time together, the women bonded and Nadia admitted that she'd been living in a 'fake La La Land' unaware of the realities outside of her bubble.
Before moving in, Nadia said: "I feel that I'm gonna feel guilty just for being born in a more privileged family with more opportunities.
She added: "I can spend £1,500 on taxis, walking is for peasants.
"I can spend £500 at a pub or a bar."
Alongside this, she has no idea how to cook, gets her money just by asking her parents for it, and has ordered food to be delivered four times per day in the past.
Her dad, who is suffering from motor neurone disease, told her: "I think this experience will do you a lot of good."
In the end, it seems like it did.
After seeing how Natalie and her sons Kaliel and Ilai live, she was pleasantly surprised. When Natalie told her that she'd take any job to provide for her family, Nadia said: "I think that's amazing and I feel like such a piece of s***."
Eventually, the two women came together and discussed their differing worlds and differing problems.
Nadia continued: "I felt more emotional in the past couple of days than I have in a really long time.
"In my world you have to pretend that everything is perfect all the time and you're laughing and you go for drinks.
"You're kinda living in this fake perfect La La Land where no one talks about problems or emotional struggles.
"And everything they talk about is the economy or what the next trend is or what restaurant to eat at."
That is a completely different tale to Natalie's problems.
She explained: "'I ended up homeless at 15.
"And then I ended up in prison.
"'I overdosed at the age of 18 and when I started to turn things around, I was pregnant with Kaliel and it was so scary for me.
"I came [to the local YMCA] with my bin bags of things and my little pregnant belly."
At the end of everything, the two families agreed to stay in touch, and Nadia left having truly learned a lesson.
She told Natalie: "You're so lovely and kind-hearted and you opened your home to me and it hurts me that someone so amazing as you would go through all of that.
"You really do inspire me."
"There are so many people, specifically people that I know, that their problems are nothing.
"They should be so grateful to have a roof over their heads, a meal on the table, a roof for the night. Nobody talks to you about it, it's all hidden and it's all pretend perfection."
Speaking about her experience afterwards, she added: "It was like an out-of-body experience, so surreal.
"I didn't think I would get what I did out of it."
Rich Kids Go Skint airs on 5Star on Mondays at 9pm.
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