ROXANNE Pallett has been pictured for the first time since she sensationally quit Celebrity Big Brother this morning.
More than 11,000 fans complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom after Roxanne accused Ryan of “punching her in the ribs” during a play fight on the show last week.
And Roxanne looks downcast as she stops at a service station on the way back to her home in the north of England.
Wheeling a large suitcase, the actress keeps her head down under a baseball cap with sunglasses on as she climbs back into an SUV.
It was not clear who was accompanying the actress, but her spokesman said today that she has been “reunited” with her fiance Lee Walton.
The spokesman added: “Roxanne decided to leave the CBB house late last night after deliberating for two days with some sensitive issues she felt strongly about.
“She has now been reunited with her fiancé and family and thanks everyone for their support during her time in the show.”
A CBB spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement and said: “Roxanne has decided to leave the BB House.
“The remaining housemates have been informed.”
Roxanne demanded Ryan be kicked out of the house after their ‘play fight’ which was shown on Channel Five on Thursday.
But outraged fans took to Twitter to claim she was “making a mockery of abuse victims”.
In scenes that aired on Celebrity Big Brother on Friday night, Ryan was seen apologising to Roxanne over the incident.
“I honestly want you to know I was showing my affection,” Ryan said, explaining what he was doing when he playfully boxed the side of her arm earlier in the week.
“Maybe it came across the wrong way, I just want to apologise. I want to put it to bed. I don’t want it to affect other people in here,” he added – as Roxanne became emotional.
“I don’t want this to be our ending,” Roxanne agreed at the time – before thanking Ryan for his apology.
On Thursday night’s show, Roxanneclaimed to have been left in pain when Ryan playfully pretended to fight with her.
The actress complained to Big Brother and requested Ryan be removed from the CBB house following the incident and she asked to sleep in a different room from her fellow contestants.
However, fans were quick to take Ryan’s side in the incident – with many suggesting that Roxanne’s story was being overblown.
Eagle-eyed viewers suggested that she appeared to be holding the right side of her body when she complained to Big Brother, despite previously touching the left side during the incident.
Noticing the discrepancy, one person tweeted: “Did anyone notice when she went in bedroom she held the wrong side when she said it hurt. #CBBUK #CBB.”
Another added: “Roxanne held the wrong side of her body when she walked into the bedroom?? Lol #CBB.”
It wasn’t just the casual viewer that sided with Ryan, as many celebrities have come out to support the former Corrie star.
Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Nicola McLean turned on Roxanne when she appeared on CBB: Bit on the Side soon after the footage of the punching incident aired.
“I’m absolutely furious because do you know what? In the light of MeToo and that, every woman is campaigning for domestic violence – and men – how dare she go and do that? How dare she?!
“When this guy has been nothing but brilliant for the whole show, and she’s doing this for a storyline and I don’t give a s*** what anyone says, I know Roxanne, I’ve worked with her before and I liked her before this but f*** off it’s disgusting.”
Meanwhile other stars and former colleagues of both Roxanne and Ryan have waded into the argument with their own opinions.
Kelvin Fletcher, who played Andy Sugden for 20 years and played Roxanne’s on-screen husband on the show, tweeted: “She. is. evil.”
While Ryan’s brother Adam – who played Adam Barton in Emmerdale until earlier this year – tweeted that he was: “In tears watching this!!”
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Richard Fleeshaman – who is close friends with Ryan and previously dated Roxanne – has spoken out and revealed he doesn’t agree with his ex’s behaviour.
The actor – who dated Roxanne from 2001 until 2007 – wrote on Twitter: “Here’s the thing… you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
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