Celebs Go Dating will return to E4 on Sunday, February 24th.
The 2019 series will feature celebrities such as Pete Wicks and Kerry Katona although it may look totally different to any viewers who missed the last season.
Both regular dating experts Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman have left the E4 dating series, with Nadia doing her best disappearing act mid-way through last year’s season 5.
Embroiled in a bitter legal feud over how and why they were both dismissed from the series, Eden and Nadia are now battling it out in court. Here’s everything you need to know!
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What Happened to Nadia from Celebs Go Dating?
Celebs Go Dating season 5 episode 12 opened with the announcement that Nadia Essex had left the show.
Choosing not to delve into the specifics, there was no explanation as to why Nadia had left, with newbie matchmaker Paul Brunson quickly jumping in her hot seat.
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.
Despite this, Nadia took to her social media on September 14th, 2018, to argue that it was, in fact, her choice to resign from the show.
Today I have officially resigned From Celebs Go Dating. pic.twitter.com/slqXiWtWy1
— Nadia Essex (@LadyNadiaEssex) September 14, 2018
Why Was Nadia Suspended?
Reportedly, Nadia was suspended because set up fake Twitter accounts to troll fans on social media.
In particular, she trolled co-star Eden Blackman via this 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 in Court
Eden had hired a private investigator to work 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.
The bitter feud has now ended up in court, with Nadia taking both her former co-star and production company Lime Pictures to an employment tribunal.
According to the Mirror Online, Nadia is suing Eden and Lime Pictures for alleged harassment, victimisation and gender discrimination.
There has been a mixed reaction on social media, with some supporting the 36-year-old Nadia over her sacking and others condemning her actions.
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