Big Brother's Mario and Lisa split

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 February 2013
Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton

Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton

'Big Brother' couple Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton have filed for divorce following an eight-and-a-half year romance, and the brunette reality star has blamed conman Selva Carmichael for "destroying" their relationship

'Big Brother' couple Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton have filed for divorce.

While admitting the pair - who got engaged in the 'Big Brother' house - were "unhappy for a while", Lisa blamed conman Selva Carmichael for "destroying" their eight-and-a-half year romance after he duped them into being followed by cameras for six months to film a fake reality show.

She told MailOnline: "Towards the end we just hated each other - Carmichael tore our lives apart and destroyed our relationship.

"Mario and I were unhappy for a while - our whole world fell apart around us when we got conned."

But Mario, 47, and Lisa, 45, have wasted no time finding new partners following their split three weeks ago, as the Sylvester Stallone lookalike - whose real name is Shaun Astbury - is believed to have hooked up with a woman 25 years his junior.

Lisa explained: "Mario's got quite a few girls after him - I think he's shacked up with a 22-year-old blonde bimbo. I don't care what he does now."

The former tanning rep has also started "having a bit of fun" with erotic theatre producer Rob Ellis, who claims he performed at Madonna and Guy Ritchie's wedding in 2000.

She said: "We're just having a bit of fun. Actually, it's lots of fun. Rob's great - we've been on a few dates out in Manchester, and it's been fantastic."

Mario and Lisa got married on Channel 4 series 'The Wedding House' and in December 2011 the pair released charity single 'I Got You Babe', a cover of Sonny and Cher's 1965 hit.

What's more, the former couple made a brief appearance in the spotlight in 2009 after discovering the larva of a small pecan weevil inside their Kellogg's Crunchy Nut cereal box, which they likened to a bug contestants have to eat during a Bushtucker Trial on ITV show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!'.

Mario said at the time: "I turned to Lisa and said, 'People get paid for eating that on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' '

"It must have been in the corn - luckily it was on Lisa's spoon!

"We were all eating breakfast at the table and she saw it on her spoon. We looked closely and we could see it was a crunchy corn maggot. It's enough to put you off food for life!"

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