Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu finally responds to Celebrity Big Brother backlash after ‘lightbulb moment’

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu finally responds to Celebrity Big Brother backlash after ‘lightbulb moment’

Ekin-Su Culculoglu on Celebrity Big Brother
Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu said she had taken time out to ‘reflect, recharge and restore’ (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother)

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has declared she is ’embracing a new era’ after reflecting on her controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

The Love Island winner, 29, had taken a brief pause from the limelight including skipping the ITV show’s live final before returning to Instagram for the first time in two weeks.

Her return came after she faced criticism from Big Brother viewers over remarks she made about OnlyFans and was reluctant to discuss the dating competition that propelled her to stardom.

In her new heartfelt post, Ekin-Su admitted she felt she had ‘lost herself’ and no longer knew who she was outside of relationships and TV shows, having appeared on a slew of reality programming including The Traitors US and Dancing On Ice.

She said her experience on Celebrity Big Brother has made her contemplate the changes she wants to make in her life, adding that she was ‘so excited’ to begin ‘all the growth and full healing.’

Ekin-Su’s message was accompanied by a series of pictures that showed Ekin-Su relaxing in what appeared to be a wellness resort complete with a pool nestled in the countryside.

‘Just a little message to say hi❤️,’ Ekin-Su began.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Ekin-Su said she had not felt like herself for a while (Picture: Instagram)

She continued: ‘Thank you once more for all your kindness.

‘Took some time off to reflect, recharge and restore which i’m still very much doing but I’ll need to be back online for work purposes especially.

‘Thanks to the brands who I work with who have respected my boundaries and shown compassion and love during the past year.’

Ekin-Su then said she hadn’t ‘felt myself for a long time’ and realised she had ‘kind of lost myself’.

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She said she did not know who she was beyond TV and relationships (Picture: Instagram)
Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Ekin-Su said she needed to change her life and was looking forward to the ‘growth’ (Picture: Instagram)

She added: ‘For a while didn’t know who I was beyond being defined by ex relationships or TV shows, and that needs to change!

‘I am so excited for all the growth and full healing. CBB was the final lightbulb moment to make me realise what needs to be done.

‘Embracing the fresh start to a new month and new era…. Wishing everyone an April full of possibilities. I am so grateful for each one of you ❤️.’

Fellow TV star and former Love Island host Laura Whitmore was among the first to comment, sharing a simple black heart emoji.

Ekin-Su Culculoglu on Celebrity Big Brother
Some of Ekin-Su’s comments on Celebrity Big Brother sparked backlash (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother)
Ekin-Su, Sharon Osbourne and Levi Roots on Celebrity Big Brother
After Celebrity Big Brother, Ekin-Su said she was embracing a new era (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother)

Her other 3.8M followers also posted messages of support including Jim Tominey, who wrote: ‘Think positive ekinsu you have a beautiful heart and at the end of the day life is just about living so live your life the way you want to and don’t let others get you down ❤️.’

Flossy Adams added: ‘We live in a judgemental society, and no one is perfect. I think you have handled yourself with the upmost dignity and respect. Keep being the beautiful person we know you are. Please don’t let the bullies knock your spirit, there are so many people that love you and want the best for you. Keep shining bright. You got this.’

‘Take all the time you need to take care of yourself and you have absolutely nothing to feel sorry for,’ Joanna Morris commented.

 Ekin-su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti attend the opening night of Winter Wonderland
Ekin-Su recently split from her Love Island ex Davide (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Winter Wonderland)

On Celebrity Big Brother, Ekin-Su had come under fire after being outraged at suggestions she was an OnlyFans model and claiming not to post any bikini pictures, which fans were quick to expose her on.

She also shut down any conversations about Love Island – despite mentioning the reality programme where she found fame multiple times herself – and was bizarrely hostile to her co-stars, turning her loyal fandom away.

Last month, Ekin-Su told her Instagram followers she had been taking time to ‘reflect’ as fans were concerned over her social media absence.

Part of her lengthy statement said: ‘I know it’s unlike me to hide away, but I’ve been taking some time to reflect.

Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Brendyn Hatfield on Dancing On Ice
Ekin-Su competed on Dancing On Ice after winning Love Island(Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

‘Sometimes in our lowest moments, we learn the most important lessons about ourselves.

‘I hope you don’t think I was selfish for setting boundaries and putting my own needs first last night.

‘I’m fully aware that not everybody will understand my absence, or think it was the right decision to make, but it was the right decision for me.’

Following her eviction, Ekin-Su claimed in her exit interview that she was given an unfair edit by the Celebrity Big Brother production team.

Ekin-Su on The Traitors US
She also launched her career Stateside on The Traitors US (Picture: Euan Cherry/Peacock via Getty Images)

‘I’m just hurt that I wasn’t portrayed as myself on the show,’ Ekin-S told Late and Live hosts AJ Odudu and Will Best.

During the segment, her mum also tried to defend her, only for the comments to massively backfire.

It was later revealed that 139 people complained to Ofcom following the episode over ‘the treatment of Ekin-Su by the presenters and guest panel’.

Ekin-Su entered the Celebrity Big Brother house just weeks after splitting up from her Love Island boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti for the second time.

Celebrity Big Brother is available to stream on ITVX.

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Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu said she had taken time out to ‘reflect, recharge and restore’ (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has declared she is ’embracing a new era’ after reflecting on her controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother. The Love Island winner, 29, had taken a brief pause from the limelight including skipping the ITV…

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