Big Brother’s Helen Adams living quiet life as a hairdresser 20 years on as ex housemates forge lives as property developer and car designer

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With her fresh bubbly personality, Big Brother's Helen Adams won the nation's hearts with remarks such as “I love blinking, I do”.

And while it may be hard to believe, it's been 20 years since she found fame on the second season of the reality show.

Today the Big Brother 2 runner-up, now 42, has put her brush with fame behind her and is living a quiet life as a hairdresser near Bristol.

Welsh Helen was pictured this week as she headed to work at Elements Hair And Beauty Salon in Portishead, near Bristol.

Dressed all in black the former reality star was still recognisable as the Helen who charmed us all as she headed into the posh salon.

During her time on the show, bubbly Helen sparked romance talk after viewers picked up on a genuine spark between her and fellow housemate Paul Clarke.

There was an instant attraction between the then 22-year-old Helen and the 25-year-old Paul.

Nothing physical ever happened between the two during their time on screen, with Helen having a boyfriend, known as Big G, in the real world.

On eviction night Davina McCall told the waiting crowd Big G had ended things with Helen, having seen her growing love for Paul onscreen. She said: "I’ve spoken to Big G and he doesn’t feel he can go out with Helen any more. He still likes her and says she’s a lovely girl and wants her to win."

With Big G now no longer on the scene Helen and Paul started their relationship for real after leaving the house.

The couple bought a house together in North London but split after five years together in 2006.

Helen’s ex-boyfriend Paul has also embarked on a life away from reality fame after their romance split.

Paul, who left the BB House before runner up Helen, now enjoys a career in car design.

The former reality star even set up his own company and has worked as an independent consultant in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and describes himself as a “passionate forward-thinking individual” on his LinkedIn.

Exes Paul and Helen aren’t the only ones to have swapped the glitz and glamour of fame for more “normal” occupations as Big Brother icon Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace is a multi-millionaire property developer.

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Although Aisleyne, 42, still dips her toe in the industry, much of her fortune comes from property.

Speaking to Katherine Ryan on Channel 4’s How Did You Get So Rich? the stunning blonde explained how she used the money she earned from photoshoots to invest in the property game.

Aisleyne said: “I put the money straight into property. I didn’t buy one pair of shoes, one handbag, I didn’t spoil myself.

“I knew I had to have that fall back plan because you can’t rely on celebrity world because you’re hot one minute and no one cares the next.”

She then confessed: “If I sold up, my property portfolio would be worth a few million.”

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