Tamara's Billion $$ Girl series follows the socialite around as she parties, pampers her numerous pet pooches and panics over a pimple. Digital Spy paid Ecclestone a visit at her plush Chelsea pad to find out why we should care about her super rich life.
What did you think when you watched the first episode back?
"I saw the first episode when it was finished. At first I wanted the row with my boyfriend removed and then I thought, why? Everyone rows with their boyfriend. Everyone has psychotic and insecure moments, I sure as hell do. I want people to see that I'm a real person, I overreact, I cry, I'm emotional. If I come across as perfect and in control, that wouldn't be who I really am. Although I look at that argument and wish it hadn't happen, it did and it's real. I didn't want to do a scripted reality TV show."
What does your boyfriend think about it?
"Omar hasn't seen the first episode! I think he'll like it. I think he looks very handsome on camera. That was a stupid argument and I think it's the only thing we'll watch back and cringe. Me more than him, I guess. I made myself look like a tw*t."
What's the most common misconception about you?
"A lot of people think that I'm stupid. That I'm a vacuous air-head. And I think a lot of people think I'm not a nice person. There are things about me like my charity work that people never see. And I hope this show proves that I go through all the same dramas that every other girl goes through. I have insecurities and hang-ups and fight with people. Everyone has that no matter how much money you have or where you come from."
What do you want to achieve out of this show?
"I want to build a career. I want to do some TV presenting, launch my haircare brand successfully. I'm in talks with Gary my make-up artist about working with him on products and I just want to build a brand. Hopefully this TV show is a good platform. I do love my dad, but I want to step out of his shadow."
Do you have a business brain like your dad?
"If I have 1% of my dad's brain, I'll be happy. He's so quick. I think I have his dedication. He's a workaholic and he's 81 this year and he still goes to all the grand prix and to the office every morning. I won't be as successful as my dad, but I'd like a legacy of my own."
Do you think you were ever spoilt?
"I think we had a grounded childhood. When I look back at Christmases, my favourite presents were things like a Fisherprice kitchen, Mr Frosty, Polly Pocket and Sylvanian Families. My parents never just threw money at us. I had birthday parties at Pizza Express with a magician. It wasn't stupidly extravagant, crazy lifestyles. I think that kept us grounded. I don't think I need to be ashamed of my dad being rich and making his own way in life."
But you spoil your dogs right?
"Yes, my dogs are spoilt for sure. They are pampered pooches. But I love them so much! I guess all dogs need to be washed, but maybe blueberry facials aren't essential. It's quite fun though. You want to give your children everything, I don't have children, so I want my dogs to have a good life."
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Do you care about finding a bargain?
"My mum and dad both love a deal. They had a holiday to Sardinia and flew EasyJet. I guess a touch of that has been passed on to me. I always heard my dad's voice saying, 'Ask for a discount'. If you don't ask you don't get, I suppose, and I do always do that. We never get ripped off and I think we're sensible with money"
Do you ever buy supermarket own brand products?
"I love Tresemme shampoo. My favourite chocolate is Minstrels. I hate posh chocolate. Handwash, I just use Dove handwash. I don't think I use any own brands from supermarkets or anything like that though."
Any truth to the rumours linking you to I'm A Celeb?
"No, I can confirm I'm definitely not. I don't do well when I'm not hungry. I don't mind bugs. I'm more hardcore than my boyfriend when it comes to spiders. But just the lack of food concerns me. They did offer me the chance to go on it though. I met with him them, but I decided it wasn't for me. I considered it because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but then I thought... no."
You live in Chelsea. Do you ever hang out with Caggie and co?
"I have seen one episode of Made In Chelsea. TOWIE is my guilty pleasure though. I would love to go on a night out with them. They look like they have so much fun. I love that show. Sugarhut, here I come!"
You must be the hardest person to buy Christmas presents for...
"My boyfriend says so. My sister bought me my Chihuahua for my birthday, so more Chihuahuas please!"
Can money buy you everything?
"Money can't but you love, it can't buy you happiness and it couldn't save my parent's divorce. Those things are really important to me and money can't buy them."
This is an incredible home. Do you have lots of parties here?
"I love having parties at home. I did a hen and stag party here for my sister. It was so much fun. I did a surprise for both of them. They thought it would be a low key dinner, but I went all out."
What did you do?
"Should I be telling you what I did? We had strippers. Male and female. We had this act from the club The Box, who were lesbians dropping boiling hot wax over each other. There was wax all over my carpets and I have OCD, so I was cleaning that up the next morning off my carpet. We had a sex workshop. What else did we do? There were these girls with sex toys showing the boys what to do with them and all the guys were mortified. We had a shot bar and I was the bartender, making skittles shots and funny shots. It was the best night ever."
What would you be doing if you had no money?
"My dream job would be a lawyer. I can talk my way out of anything and I love cross-examining people. I think I'd be a really good lawyer."
Why did you never pursue it?
"I didn't fancy studying for seven years. If I could just be a lawyer without all of that I would. That sounds so bad, doesn't it!"
Tamara Ecclestone Billion $$ Girl starts on Friday at 10.30pm on Channel 5