Former Big Brother star Lewis Flanagan has been pictured grabbing fellow housemate Isabella by the neck on a night out together this week.
The pair, who both insisted they were joking during the snaps taken in London, shocked onlookers during the meet-up on Thursday.
Standing outside their hotel in the capital, Lewis is seen putting his hand around Isabella’s neck as she smoked a cigarette.
Isabella hit back at claims she was “close to tears” during the incident, telling The Sun: “I met Lewis last night and he’s a gentleman and completely respects me.
“We were messing around, having a laugh and the pictures are taken completely out of context. I’ll always remain close to him.
“I feel completely comfortable around him.”
Lewis added: “We were having a great evening and just messing around as friends.
“We get on really well and I completely respect Isabella and she’s someone I am going to remain close to long after the Big Brother experience is over.”
It comes after Lewis revealed he had “lost everything” after being kicked out of the Big Brother house after using an anti-Semitic slur.
Speaking to The Sun, Lewis has revealed that his is now living with his mum in her spare bedroom.
He told the publication: “I am absolutely devastated, one stupid comment cost me the experience.+
“I missed out on £100,000 – I was favourite to win it. I lost out on everything and the money that would have changed my life.”