Midway through Celebs Go Dating series 5 and dating expert Nadia Essex has disappeared.
During Monday night’s (October 29th) episode 12, E4 narrator and comedian Rob Beckett explained that it was an “end of an era” before adding that “Nadia has left the agency”.
First Eden Blackman and now Nadia!
So why had Nadia left the show with eight episodes to go?
Why Has Nadia Left 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, as newbie matchmaker Paul Brunson arrived at the agency to run things on his own.
Before season 5 had started, E4 confirmed that Nadia was suspended from the series. Some people weren’t expecting to see her at all but half of the series had already concluded filming.
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 to make out that it was 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?
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 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.
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.
Eden is yet to comment on Nadia’s interviews.
However, there has been a mixed reaction on social media, with some supporting the 36-year-old over her sacking and others condemning her actions.
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