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Benefits Street's Black Dee blasts White Dee

2014-08-19 13:49:54

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Benefits Street - James Turner Street: Dee Roberts

Benefits Street's Black Dee has accused White Dee of "selling out" after she walked into the Celebrity Big Brother house and pocketed an estimated £100,000.

Deirdre Kelly took her place amongst contestants on the reality TV show and immediately became one of the favourites to win.

But her former friend Black Dee - real name Samora Roberts - reacted with anger to the latest news about her former neighbour, who shot to fame after the controversial Love Productions show.

Meanwhile, Fungi, another famous face from the Channel 4 documentary, also wished White Dee luck - but said he felt "left out" after her continued rise to celebrity stardom.

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One of White Dee's most memorable Benefits Street quotes

Black Dee, 32, said: "She'll be herself but won't be herself because I don't know her no more. No hating on her, she can get as far as she pleases.

"Love Productions is a lie, she's a sell-out. It was never about benefits, end of. It was about community, that's why we participated.

"I wouldn't want nothing from some people who stabbed us in our heart.

"No, I wouldn't go on Big Brother."

Of the bumper fee White Dee can expect, she added: "I hope she does the best for herself and her children. I'm still living the same normal life, with the same normal people, on the normal road."

Black Dee revealed she hadn't spoken to White Dee, real name Deirdre Kelly, since the programme began on January 6.

And she added: "Because she's made her choice, we're in the spotlight again.

"They (Love Productions) didn't show you no community, they didn't show you nothing constructive.

"This is James Turner Street, many people work. Benefits Street was a lie, it was manipulated, it was tarnished. Who's going to go on telly gloating about benefits?"

Fungi said he was now homeless but wished White Dee good luck as she headed into the Big Brother house.

He added: "I'm left out, I'm gutted. I'm moving house-to-house at the moment. I'm not jealous of her earning money, I'm jealous because I should be doing something."

Fungi with girlfriend Kaya Mannings

Despite sharing the same agent as White Dee, Fungi said he has not yet had any celeb work.

He completed 12 weeks of rehab in March and claimed Barry Tomes now wants him to jet out to the party resort of Magaluf for appearances but the agent claimed: "I'm not interested in exploiting anybody."

Fungi, 44, said he has been clean for nine months and has been back in the street for a week. He said: "Good luck to her, she'll get close to winning, I believe she will.

"I'm brilliant now, my kids are my main objective now. My kids are not even speaking to me."

Another neighbour called Georgia-Mae Pearson, 20, said White Dee had hinted she would be on Celebrity Big Brother and said her only worry was leaving her two children behind with relatives, seven-year-old Gerard and Caitlin, 16.

Georgia-Mae, who works as a pastry chef, said: "She was nervous because she's never left her children before."

And she said White Dee would never want to leave her James Turner Street home, despite her fame and fortune.

She said: "We had a long discussion about it and I said, 'If you were so famous wouldn't you move one day?' and she said 'No' because she's normal and people like normal.

"She's not some big-busted model trying to get five minutes of fame. She's just going on there to prove normal people are still normal people. No matter where they're going, they know where they came from."

White Dee has already been installed as second favourite to win the reality TV show by bookies, priced at 9/2.

The show is set to last around 22 days, meaning she could pocket an eye-popping £4,545 per day.

After Benefits Street aired, White Dee went on to enjoy a string of media appearances across the UK and in Magaluf, hosting bar crawls and pool parties.

But she was criticised for previously claiming benefits after stating she suffered from depression.

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