‘People act like I’ve done full-on porn’ – Charlotte Crosby on Geordie Shore and staying in Sunderland

Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore in the press room at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany. Ian West/PA Photos.
Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore in the press room at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany. Ian West/PA Photos.

Outspoken Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby is famed for having sex with Gaz in the house of the popular MTV reality show and wetting her bed in Celebrity Big Brother.

The TV star, from Biddick Woods, thinks of herself as a regular 25-year-old, going out and getting “proper mortal” (hammered) with her mates, describing her bad habits as farting constantly, scratching her bottom and washing her “bits” with baby wipes because she can’t be bothered to shower.

Is that really how regular 25-year-olds behave? I must be getting old...

“What do you class as normal? Normal means different things to different people. To me, normal would mean going out with my friends, getting drunk, coming in and waking up in the morning and laughing about the funny stories. Normal to someone else could mean reading a book,” the chirpy lass, who used to work as a Ttonic barmaid in Sunderland city centre, insists.

Indeed, a survey of 18 to 25-year-olds found that Crosby was the woman with the most admired personality, as reported on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. The former St Anthony’s School pupil already boasts 2.34 million followers on Twitter and is considered by some to be a role model.

Now, she has her own clothing range – Nostalgia – which she models herself, and her happy, smiling face is looking out from the jacket of her ghostwritten autobiography Me Me Me, in which she describes her drunken tales in detail, from her boozy teenage years to her life on Geordie Shore and on-off relationship with Gaz, which fans loved.

Cover of Me ME Me by Charlotte Crosby.

Cover of Me ME Me by Charlotte Crosby.

“I think people learned to love us. Me and Gary were only a thing after series two. The main thing that got people watching the show was how ‘out there’ we were, and how shocking and dramatic the show was.”

Their romance has been off for a while, as she’s been seeing her latest beau, Mitch Jenkins, for two-and-a-half years, although that’s been a bit on-off as well, as they split up for a while when she was constantly away filming.

“We had a good break from each other and then we both grew up. We needed a bit of space to work out what was important. Mitch is funny, very hard-working (he’s a painter and decorator) and smart.

“I do think about marriage a lot, and if he were to ask me, I’d definitely say yes,” she reveals. “In 10 years, I’ll be 35. I want to have my first baby at 30, so in 10 years, I’ll probably have one child and maybe I’ll be carrying another, I’ll be married, I’ll have a lovely big house and I won’t be on Geordie Shore any more, but hopefully I’ll be doing something else in TV.”

It’s a tiny bit of quilt action. People act like I’ve done full-on porn.

Charlotte Crosby

We may see her having sex and getting steaming drunk on reality TV, but her life was more debauched before Geordie Shore, she insists, which is partly why her mum doesn’t mind what she gets up to on the show.

“My parents have seen me in far worse states than anything I’ve done on TV. Ask them and they’d tell you that Geordie Shore calmed me down.”

She continues: “They saw people loved the show, saying I was hilarious, and finally they accepted it. Then they thought, ‘Yes, it is hilarious’. When I first told my mum I had sex on the show, she was like, ‘OK, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. At least you haven’t murdered anyone!’

“It’s a tiny bit of quilt action, that’s all. People act like I’ve done full-on porn.”

The cast of Geordie Shore series 9 (left to right) Kyle Christie, Aaron Chalmers, Holly Hagan, James Tindale, Vicky Pattinson, Gary Beadle, Charlotte Crosby, Scott Timlin and Marnie Simpson during a photocall at Chandos House in London. Yui Mok/PA Photos.

The cast of Geordie Shore series 9 (left to right) Kyle Christie, Aaron Chalmers, Holly Hagan, James Tindale, Vicky Pattinson, Gary Beadle, Charlotte Crosby, Scott Timlin and Marnie Simpson during a photocall at Chandos House in London. Yui Mok/PA Photos.

Does she thinks she’s a good role model?

“Who is a good role model? At the end of the day, I’m real. I don’t think I’m a role model, I’m a real person. I’m not prepped and primed and being told what to say and what not to say, and how to be the perfect person. I’m just a real girl who just happens to be famous. I haven’t changed how I act or how I go on.

“It’s a compliment. I feel gobsmacked about it [being thought of as a role model]. But I never tried to be that, nor under any circumstances did I want to be that, or think that this would ever happen.”

She’s still starstruck when she goes to red carpet events and can’t believe it when celebrities, including Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and David Walliams, know who she is. “David Walliams’ messages on Twitter after I’d been on Xtra Factor, when he said I did really well, was so funny and he’d love to meet me, left me really starstruck. I can’t believe he knows who I am.”

At a Cheryl concert, she tweeted that she wanted to meet her idol and, to her luck, Nicola Roberts saw it and sent her a message saying she’d rung Cheryl and arranged that she could meet her backstage.

After that meeting, Crosby saw the singer again when she was a guest on Xtra Factor.

“She was on the red carpet and turned and said, ‘Hiya Charlotte, you look amazing, don’t you?’ I was gobsmacked. Cheryl remembered me. I couldn’t believe it.”

Does she have any regrets about what she’s done on telly in front of millions?

“I wouldn’t like to say I have any regrets, because I know I’d do them all again in a heartbeat. I’m happy with the way everything’s gone. The only time I’m embarrassed is when I’m doing things soberly.”

She famously lost two-and-a-half stone in eight months, after seeing ‘unflattering’ pictures of herself in a bikini (she now weighs 8st 10). Now that the latest series of Geordie Shore has ended, she’ll get back into her fitness regime, she says, and has two personal trainers to help.

“It’s easy to keep it off once you’ve lost it,” she says. “Just don’t get into that bad habit of eating so much again. I could never stop doing fitness now, because it’s part of my life.” She still boozes a lot, though, she admits.

She bumps into fellow reality stars from Towie and Made In Chelsea at various events, but there’s no animosity, she says. “We are friends with a lot of them, so there’s not an atmosphere. We give each other a hug and plan our next night out.”

Winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 raised her profile further.

“I’m so thankful for that, because I got to meet some great people. When I won, I gained respect, so that led to more TV shows. I’ve kept in touch with some of them (housemates).

“I texted Louie (Spence)this morning, Carol (McGiffin) last night, and I’m texting Mario (Falcone)as we speak.”

Geordie Shore has enabled Crosby to travel all over the world, as the exposure clinched her a reality travel show – The Charlotte Crosby Experience, shown on TLC last year – visiting Japan, the Arctic. But she became very homesick, and admits that home is where the heart is.

Now she and Mitch are thinking of moving to London, although her ties to Sunderland are strong because of family and friends, and she still lives at home currently.

“My mum wants us to stay at home forever. She wouldn’t want us to move up the street.”

l Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby is published by Headline, priced £16.99