Following seven years without Celebrity Coach Trip, the hilarious reality TV series is back with a bang.
The lineup for the 2019 season is almost overwhelming with the likes of Sam Thompson, Nadia Essex and newbies such as Big Narstie and Roxanne Pallett set to join the series in its later stages.
But who is Nadia Essex? And where does she get her celeb status from?
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Who is Nadia Essex?
Nadia Essex is a 37-year-old dating expert from Surrey. She owns her own dating agency, The Agency, where she offers love and life coaching services to the public.
Mainly, Nadia is famous for her role on E4 series Celebs Go Dating, where she was the leading matchmaker alongside Eden Blackman from 2016-2018.
However, she left the role in controversial circumstances.
Before Celebs Go Dating season 5 started, E4 confirmed that Nadia was suspended from the series.
At the time of Nadia’s suspension, a spokesperson said:
Bosses have made the decision following an investigation into Nadia’s use of social media. She was found to be setting up fake accounts to troll certain users – which is something that won’t be tolerated.
Why Did Nadia Leave Celebs Go Dating?
Nadia was suspended because she reportedly set up fake Twitter accounts to troll fans on social media.
In particular, she trolled co-star Eden Blackman from a fake account, abusing him over an incident where he cheated on now ex-girlfriend Sadie Paul.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Nadia said:
After it came out about Eden’s cheating I needed to vent. I wasn’t allowed to speak out as myself because I was warned to keep quiet.
I felt like I wasn’t allowed my freedom of speech and was told not to put out a public statement. I was in completely the wrong head space. I was a mess. I couldn’t leave the house because I was terrified people would hurl abuse at me in the street. People were so angry I wasn’t condemning Eden’s cheating that I was getting abused online constantly.
I felt like I couldn’t speak up. It was humiliating. I was devastated and petrified and I didn’t know what to do. I was depressed and I felt desperate. I am at rock bottom.
Nadia and Eden Blackman
Eden had hired a private investigator to suss out that it was Nadia behind the abusive tweets.
However, Nadia continued in her interview with The Sun claiming that she had always felt “bullied” by Eden and that their relationship was never healthy over the five years that they worked together.
I feel like he hated me and he made sure I knew that. He made passive aggressive digs. If I walked into a room, he would walk out. If I was laughing he would wince, like he was making a point about my voice going through him.
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It was so bad I wanted to quit before series two but I stayed. I refused to let this man ruin my chance at my dream job.
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