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Sunshine Martin ('Big Brother 11')

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"Ain't no Sunshine when she's gone," as the song goes. But that didn't stop you lot voting out medical student Sunshine Martin on Friday night in the first shock eviction of the series. Her Lady GaGa song and dance routines were not enough to save her, as viewers grew tired of her complaints about everything from vegan food to carpet burns. We caught up with Sunshine over the weekend to find out whether she enjoyed her time in the BB compound.

The housemates claimed that you were playing up for the cameras. Was that true?
"I think any of my friends will tell you that's what I'm like all the time. I'm a big personality and I really enjoyed the experience. I was just making the most of every minute of it."

Do you regret anything you did in there?
"I don't regret any of my behaviour, because I think I was myself at all times."

So you don't think there was an overreaction with the crisps and John James incidents?
"With the crisps - basically, it was portrayed that I wasn't going to share the crisps when I was. A few days later I realised that I had really upset Ife and I spent three hours in bed crying at that point because of disappointment with myself. But with regards to the pool incident, if you watched Big Mouth, you'll have seen the wound on my leg, which is pretty bad. I don't think people realised that I was actually hurt. It is a pretty bad carpet burn on my thigh, my knee and my arms. I'm not sure what was shown, but I was dragged across the carpet in the living room. I don't blame John because he didn't realise that he was doing anything wrong. And my reaction was purely about pain and being exposed. Although I may have overreacted a bit, considering the injuries and circumstances, I couldn't have stopped the situation. John wouldn't have wanted to hurt me, he didn't know he was, but that was my emotional reaction to being hurt."

On the highlights show we could see you laughing during the incident. Why was that?
"When I was being dragged it was still part of a game and I didn't know how to react. As soon as I got away from it in the Diary Room, that's when the emotion hit and I started crying. I ended up apologising for everything just because I like John James and I'd rather apologise even when things aren't all my fault. I wish the incident hadn't happened, but it did hurt. If people want to take pictures of the wounds they can, because they did hurt. I was laughing because I was unable to put a clear emotion on it. I did clearly stay stop a number of times during the incident."

Do you think you were unfairly portrayed as a whinger in the house?
"When you have pain and wounds and stuff, I don't think that is whingeing. From what I've heard there was a shot in the bedroom and then it went to the garden. But I was dragged across the carpet. I was dragged and I couldn't stop it. I don't blame John and he's still my friend, but I couldn't stop it. If you have carpet burn it is going to hurt. I don't want to say that reaction was uncalled for, considering the wounds. I was hurt, I had wounds, I felt like I was in a situation where I couldn't stop it. I felt that I was exposed in a way that I hadn't been before, because I made a huge effort not to reveal my underwear in the house. That was something which could affect my profession and that upset me as well. From what I've heard, I don't think it was portrayed in that way."

Were you at any point scared during the incident?
"I did say at the time I was scared to go back in the house, but in retrospect I was not scared of John. I was scared and upset, so Mario came to see me in the Diary Room and he made sure I was OK when I went back in the house. But I guess I was scared about being in a situation that I couldn't stop. I'd said 'stop this is hurting me' and 'stop my underwear is showing', but it didn't end. But I'm also well aware that I started the incident. But at the time it did upset me."

Did you ever fancy John James?
"I really liked John James and I think he's a lovely person. As to whether I fancy him, I'm not sure if we know each other well enough to develop that sort of relationship. We didn't really sit down and get to know each other. But we did joke around a lot and flirt a lot. The pool incident was probably flirting that went wrong. But that wasn't his fault and at the time, I was just on raw emotions when I responded to it."

Will you be hooking up with him when he leaves the house?
"I'd like to see him and see how he is. Although we made up yesterday, it was only a few hours before I left the house. We'll have to see what happens. Because he appears to have a blossoming romance with Josie at the moment."

Were you jealous of his relationship with Josie?
"No, never. He gets on really well with Josie and she's a really nice person. As I said in the exit interview, she argues with him as much as I did. If they want to continue together, then I'm really happy for them. I think something might happen between them."

Do you still want to be a doctor? And are you not tempted to pursue a pop career?
"I definitely still want to be a doctor. I don't think singing would be a career that would last very long! As for me being me, I will stick to the Lady GaGa impressions in my own time. There's no reason I can't be a doctor who sings in their spare private time. I have no plans for a novelty single!"

Big Brother 11 continues tonight at 8pm on Channel 4

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