Natalie Cassidy: CBB made me miss Adam
Natalie Cassidy claims 'Celebrity Big Brother' made her realise she wanted her former fiance, Adam Cottrell, back
Natalie Cassidy claims 'Celebrity Big Brother' made her realise she wanted her former fiance back.
The ex-'EastEnders' actress - who split from Adam Cottrell, the father of her 17-month-old daughter Eliza - explained appearing in the Channel 5 reality show made her aware how much she "missed" him.
She said: "It was very gradual. Between Christmas and New Year we realised we wanted a future. 'Big Brother' did it for me.
"I had two weeks to think about everything. And I missed him. I missed him a lot and I thought, 'When I get out of here, life's about doing what you want to do, not what everyone else wants you to do'."
Despite Adam being convicted of assaulting the 28-year-old star on two occasions last year, Natalie insists the transport manager has been "incredible" since he sought help for his problems.
She added in an interview with new! magazine: "He's getting help and going to a 12-step programme. It's been incredible. Without alcohol, Adam isn't moody or grumpy, falling asleep or calling me names. He just hasn't got that bad side to him any more.
"I need to set the record straight because I don't want women thinking, 'Oh look, I thought Natalie was really strong when actually she's really weak and taking back a wife beater'.
"He wasn't a wife beater. He's ill. He's an alcoholic. He's not drinking any more. And I think it's so easy to give up on a relationship."