Celebrity Big Brother star Ben Jardine has claimed that disgraced actress Roxanne Pallett has tried to get in contact with him since sensationally leaving the Channel 5 show.
The Married At First Sight star exclusively told OK! Online that while former Emmerdale favourite Roxanne attempted to speak to him amid backlash in the media, he never responded.
“To be honest, Roxy tried to get hold of me the other day, but I think what Roxy needs is no complications in her life,” Ben said at Sam Dowler’s Book Launch Party at Karma Sanctum on Tuesday night.
“I think she needs to go off with her fella, surround herself with family and just sort herself out, and then whatever will be will be.”
Explaining why he didn’t reply to Roxanne, he added: “Let’s just say I never chatted to her.
“I think she just needs to be with her man, and she definitely doesn’t need this complication.”
Roxanne and Ben were close in the Elstree compound, with Ben even confessing his love for her, despite her fiance Lee.
However, he appeared to change his mind on her after leaving the house and seeing footage of the infamous moment she accused Ryan Thomas of punching her, then going on to brand her “cold and calculated”.
Speaking to OK! Online, Ben said that despite initial outrage at her actions, he would still consider being friends with Roxanne in the future.
“Listen, I forgive but I never forget,” he said. “I won’t hold a grudge”.
When contacted by OK! Online, Roxanne’s representative had a different account, claiming: “Ben was contacted from a fake Roxanne Pallett Instagram account. His agent got in contact yesterday and we confirmed this was a fake profile and that Roxanne has no social media.
“Perhaps this was not relayed to Ben before he spoke about the event yesterday evening. We can confirm Roxanne has 100% not contacted Ben and his claims are completely false.”
Amid the punchgate backlash Roxanne has been staying out of the spotlight, with the support of fiance Lee Walton who has stuck by her.
Meanwhile, Ryan has discussed the accusations made against him in several interviews, even getting tearful when shown new footage of Roxanne’s tearful display on the show, during an Instagram interview for Pretty Little Thing.
“This has to stop, because I have to move on. My whole experience has been completely overshadowed,” he said.
“I don’t wanna remember my whole experience from what happened.”