Reggie, you’ve lived quite a life already.
Gosh, yes! I’ve had two marriage breakdowns, which is sad, but I’ve met another man who’s a lovely partner. Third time lucky!
Can you give us an update on your vision?
The last two years it’s stayed at nine degrees. I’ve been lucky. I need to go back to my ophthalmologist for another assessment.
I recently got a call from a clinic in Western Australia, where I had DNA tested 13 years ago. Back then they were trying to find a link, as no-one in my family has the disease.
Anyway, they’ve called me to say they’ve found something. Touch wood there’s something there that can stop the progression of losing my eyesight.
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You’re such an inspiration!
I try my best! Once I got into the house and I could work my way around, I memorised where things were. And all the housemates were so lovely.
You must have an incredible memory.
Oh, it’s not! It’s quite bad actually.
You call the Gold Coast home now. Is the girl from Tassie a celebrity up there?
Yes! It’s funny. All these years later people still come up and say G’day.
We saw photos of you from the TV Week Logies and it’s no wonder people still recognise you. You haven’t aged a day since 2003.
It must be genetics, or growing up in Tassie with all that fresh air! I’ve had a lot of stress over the years that hasn’t played a part, bless!
Do you keep in touch with any of your old housemates? Season 3 had some real BIg Brother favourites.
A lot of them! At the Logies when I saw Chrissie Swan, it must have been about 15 years. She’s done so well for herself.
Do you plan on keeping in touch with any of your current housemates?
Obviously Dave. He was my rock in the house. He’s the most beautiful human. I love Tim to bits, and I love Estelle, Tully. The OGs!
Did you prefer Big Brother the first time around, or the new format?
It’s chalk and cheese. I love Big Brother so much and I’m so blessed to have experienced both. The first time around all I wanted was a holiday! I just laid by the pool at Dreamworld (laughs). And then this time around was so full on with challenges and strategy. I really struggled with that. I ended up deciding to sit back and watch them all blow each other up.
What’s next for Reggie?
Nineteen years ago I said I was going to write a book and I didn’t do it, so now is the time! I procrastinated and now I’m glad I have, because there is so much more to tell. I’d also love to do something on radio or do another TV show like Travel Guides or Gogglebox. I’d be hilarious!