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Facts about Danielle Lloyd
Biography for Danielle LloydDanielle Lloyd (born 16 dec. 1983 (30 years ago)) is an English personality and glamour model. The former Miss England 2004 (9 years ago) and Miss Great Britain 2006 (7 years ago) first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain 2006 (7 years ago) title after posing for nude pictures (wallpaper) featured in the dec. 2006 (7 years ago) edition of Playboy magazine and her alleged affair with one of the pageant's judges, her then-boyfriend, footballer Teddy Sheringham.
As a participant in the 2007 (6 years ago) series of Celebrity Big Brother, Lloyd, along with others, were accused of using bullying tactics and making serious racist comments directed against the Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.
BiographyLloyd was born in Liverpool, England in 1983 (30 years ago), the daughter of Jackie and Arthur Lloyd, a bank manager and engineer respectively. At the age of three months, Lloyd contracted whooping cough, resulting in damage to her lungs, this leading to her developing asthma. She attended Haileybury school from 1995 (18 years ago). Lloyd claims she was bullied in school; however, Chris Yates, the headmaster of one of Lloyd's old schools, St Hilda’s, said, "There's no recollection of her ever being persecuted, she is lying and no teacher can ever recall any incidents where Danielle was bullied. In fact I’ve been led to believe by her former friends that the opposite is true." She frequently entered competitions in and around Liverpool. Upon finishing school, she decided to pursue a dual career in modelling and as a beautician specializing in massage. She is a qualified nail technician.
Just as she was beginning her modelling career, Lloyd was brutally attacked by her boyfriend of the time. She was dragged from her moving car after an argument with him, suffering terrible abrasions and severe bruising to her body and losing most of her hair. Lloyd later said of the attack:
Deep down you can’t forget what’s happened no matter how much counseling you have. You blame yourself and tell yourself you deserve it – I was given help when I most needed it and I want to be able to help others now. Too many women (1 in 4) suffer domestic violence at some time and support centres such as Women’s Aid aren’t able to answer all of the calls due to being under resourced. I'll always do all that I can to help raise awareness and help people. Being in a violent relationship, you are constantly living in fear – and that’s no way for anyone to live their life."
Pageantry and early careerLloyd was crowned Miss England on 17 Jul. 2004 (9 years ago). and competed at Miss World 2004 (9 years ago). On 26 Feb. 2006 (7 years ago), Lloyd was named Miss Great Britain 2006 (7 years ago).
On 2 Nov. 2006 (7 years ago), she was stripped of her title "following recent claims in the press and magazines and the publicity given on the Playboy website for their next issue", according to the Miss Great Britain website. The claim they were referring to was that Lloyd had been dating Teddy Sheringham, who was one of the judges of the pageant, for more than two months before her victory. This was reported by the media after she allegedly said in an interview that Sheringham bought her a pair of shoes for Christmas. Lloyd continues to claim that the relationship started after the pageant, and that the interview was false. She attributes her topless shoot for the dec. 2006 (7 years ago) issue of Playboy as the primary reason for the loss of her title.
On 11 Jan. 2007 (6 years ago), it was revealed that Lloyd was being sued by the Miss Great Britain company for breaking her contract and bringing the company into disrepute. The company is asking for full revelation of the sums she earned for the Playboy pictures, plus costs.
Lloyd next appeared in FHM magazine and was a finalist of Miss Maxim 2006 (7 years ago). She has had her 32AA breasts increased by surgery three times, and is presently a 32DD. During her last operation, when her old implants were replaced with newer, larger ones, taking her from a 32D to a 32DD, surgeons removed a benign lump in her right breast. Lloyd was worried that it was cancer, but doctors assured her that the lump was harmless. She has revealed that her third operation will be her last, claiming that it is "pointless" going any bigger and that "People say I want to be the new Jordan, but I definitely don't! I want to be myself. I don't mind her boobs but I think they could only suit her."
In 2006 (7 years ago), Lloyd made a memorable appearance on BBC One's Test the Nation. When asked "Who was Winston Churchill - a rapper, US President, the PM or King?", Lloyd answered, "Wasn't he the first black president of America? There's a statue of him near me - that's black."
Celebrity Big Brother 2007Lloyd joined Celebrity Big Brother on 3 Jan. 2007 (6 years ago), at the start of the series. In her column she stated, "Things I'm looking forward to in the house ...meeting people I'd probably never meet in everyday life, seeing if I can cope with the challenges and letting people at home see me in a different way (I'll be wearing more clothes!!)".
Racism rowLloyd garnered significant negative publicity when thousands of complaints were filed with Ofcom after she, Jade Goody, and Jo O'Meara, were bullying and claims of the three were making racist remarks towards their fellow house mate, Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. Specific comments Lloyd has made about Shetty include "She's a dog" and "They eat with their hands in India, don't they – or is that China? You don't know where her hands have been." In another outburst, Lloyd said "do you get stubble?" On 17 Jan. 2007 (6 years ago), Lloyd declared she thought Shetty should "fuck off home", adding that "she can't even speak English properly". After a similar comment by Goody, Lloyd laughed and said to Goody, "That was fucking fantastic, I loved it. I think she should fuck off home."
A newspaper interview made before Celebrity Big Brother, from Nov. 2006 (7 years ago), revealed Lloyd's anti-immigration views: "If I was (a politician), I'd get more people into work and stop people coming into the country. There's so many people who come into England because they know they can get benefits. People who already live here should get the jobs". It has since become apparent that Lloyd was warned against racist behaviour prior to going into the house, in an email sent to her by her agent at the time, Angela de Fouw.
ReactionThe alleged racist behaviour created an international outcry, gaining heavy coverage in the Indian media. Gordon Brown - then the British Chancellor of the Exchequer; now the British Prime Minister - who was visiting India at the time, condemned the programme on the grounds that he is against anything which might damage the perception that the United Kingdom is a country of tolerance. In a statement on 17 January, Channel 4 defended the programme against charges "of overt racism or racial abuse". However, Trevor Phillips, head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said "What we are seeing is a noxious brew of old-fashioned class conflict, straightforward bullying, ignorance and quite vicious racial bigotry". He doubted events on Celebrity Big Brother were part of a broader problem.
Whilst still on Big Brother and prior to either of their evictions, Shetty herself commented on Lloyd's behaviour, saying, "I let Danielle off because she is so young. They (Jade and Jo) made her look bad. You know what really balances it out for Danielle? Her stupidity. She's so innocent." Shetty has largely retained this stance in further discussion and interviews.
Lloyd's family released a statement defending Lloyd, denying that she was racist. The statement read, in part:
"Danielle has been brought up in an environment where many close family friends are of varying races and cultural backgrounds - she would be devastated to know that through her naivety she has left her comments open to such drastic misinterpretation. Her relaxed attitude towards cultural and racial differences has left her wide open to criticism globally because she doesn't consider race to be an issue for her and not because race is an issue. As regards to allegations of bullying in the house Danielle has allowed herself to be swept along with the girls and situations and she has said things which she will certainly regret. However Danielle herself was bullied and she would be very remorseful to learn that she is being viewed as a perpetrator of this - "We believe however that her allegiance to the other girls has more to do with class differences between them all and Shilpa."
EvictionLloyd eventually came fifth in the contest, with 3.3% of the vote to save her. During her post-eviction interview with Davina McCall she said, "I feel terrible" and insisted her comments had nothing to do with Shetty's race, but rather a simple personality/ culture clash. Lloyd apologised for her behaviour towards the Bollywood star, insisting her remarks had been made "in the heat of the moment. I wasn't laughing at Shilpa... it was just nerves. I hate confrontation." Asked what she had learned on the show, she said, "Not to be such a bitch."
Post Celebrity Big BrotherAs a result of her behaviour on the show, Lloyd lost six-figure modelling contracts with motorcycle insurance firm Bennetts, urban fashion label Rocawear, and designer lingerie website BeCheeky.com. Having limited her career damage from CBB5, Lloyd has continued her non-modelling career as a professional "celebrity for hire." Since her departure from Celebrity Big Brother, Lloyd has also made various promotional appearances. On 13 April, she flew to Dublin with Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas to open a nightclub in the suburb of Rathfarnham, reportedly at a fee of €6,000 for the short appearance.
Lloyd has also continued her modelling career, and has appeared on numerous covers of the Daily Star newspaper (initially at a rate of at least three to four times a week in the months following the end of Big Brother) after signing an exclusive deal with the publication. Lloyd has also appeared on the cover of Maxim, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo several times, as well as featuring in FHM and Ice. She has also secured a contract as the face of Ladbrokes Poker.
In May 2007 (6 years ago), Lloyd attended Shilpa Shetty's movie premiere at Leicester Square. The movie, Life in a... Metro was the first Bollywood movie Lloyd has seen. The two hugged and kissed on the red carpet in front of fans.
In 2007 (6 years ago), Lloyd launched a mobile phone safety campaign after her own mobile was stolen in a Liverpool club. The "Keep It Safe & Secure" (KISS) campaign, backed by the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit encourages mobile users to take greater safety precautions when using their phone. In dec. 2007 (6 years ago), Lloyd released a workout DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) entitled Keep Fit, Look Fit.
Throughout 2007 (6 years ago) and 2008 (5 years ago), Lloyd has made numerous TV appearances including a guest spot on on ITV2's WAGs Boutique and the celebrity edition of Gladiators. She also participated in, and won, a Glamour Models Special of The Weakest Link. Lloyd donated her winnings from both Celebrity Big Brother and The Weakest Link to the Linda McCartney Centre located at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Lloyd appeared in her own documentary, Dangerous Love: A Comic Relief Special (first broadcast on 3 Mar. 2009 (4 years ago)), which examined the subject of violence against females in teen relationships. In the programme, she described the abuse she received (including a broken cheekbone) during her turbulent relationship and visited organisations funded by Comic Relief.
On 26 May 2009 (4 years ago), Lloyd was pictured lying on the pavement outside a nightclub, bloodied and clearly upset after an alleged 'unprovoked attack'. She is said to have required emergency plastic surgery on a wound on her leg, after she was thrown onto a table full of glasses.
Personal lifeLloyd first began dating footballer Teddy Sheringham in Feb. 2006 (7 years ago). Shortly after the Big Brother racist row scandal, rumors surfaced that Sheringham had broken up with Lloyd. The day after being evicted from the Big Brother house, Lloyd admitted that the relationship was strained and that she had yet to speak with Sheringham. She further stated, "obviously we've got a lot to talk about. We'll take things from there." In Feb. 2007 (6 years ago), Sheringham confirmed that the two were no longer dating.
Since the split from Sheringham, Lloyd has been linked with Marcus Bent, Jermain Defoe, and was rumoured to be engaged to DJ Ironik, although she later denied this rumour. She is currently dating footballer Jamie O'Hara.
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