Dan Osborne’s dad has opened up on his son’s ongoing appearance on Celebrity Big Brother for the first time.
Jim, 49, says he watches the show “obsessively” in order to see his the former The Only Way Is Essex star son after they became estranged.
The 27 year old, who believes Roxanne Pallett got “caught out” before quitting the show, is currently shacked up with Love Island’s Gabby Allen, footballer Jermaine Pennant and Cheers actress Kirstie Alley in the famous house.
Speaking to The Sun about their estranged relationship, Jim said: “The situation is still really awkward. But I am finishing work at 1am or 2am, coming home and watching the show recorded.
“It’s become a bit of an obsession because it’s almost like he’s back in my life.
“It feels like I can see him and talk to him; and I am laughing at times at some of the funny things he says.
“He says random stuff like, ‘If I don’t get any sleep I will be tired in the morning’. Dan has always stated the obvious and I found it funny.
“His boyish behaviour and staying up til 3am reminds me of when he used to come and stay with me – and my wife would be coming down the stairs and telling us to be quiet because we’d still be up laughing and joking.”
Jim split from Dan’s mum Toni in 2001 but kept a good relationship with his famous son. The pair fell out after his failed to attend Dan’s Las Vegas stag do before he married Jacqueline Jossa.
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He is hoping that his time in the Celebrity Big Brother house will bring a reconciliation for him and his son, confessing: “I am planning to message him when he comes out and say, ‘I am proud of you.’
“He has handled himself really well and come across well. I thought he changed a bit when he got famous but he has come back down to earth now.
“I was worried when he went into the show because I thought he might get drunk and forget the cameras were there. But he’s done great and behaved brilliantly.”
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