Andrew Tate burst into the limelight in 2016 following his stint on the reality TV show Big Brother, but his on-screen rise to fame wasn’t long before. Instead, his controversial social media presence became the main source of attention that eventually led to his notoriety.
The controversial former Big Brother housemate was booted off the Channel 5 show after a video emerged of him assaulting a woman. Despite his claims that it was just “role play”, Tate’s stay at the Bibi house was short-lived.
In 2022, rape and domestic abuse charities including Rape Crisis England and Wales and Women’s Aid called on TikTok to be removed from the platform due to comments made in the video. The organizations argued that these videos perpetuate rape culture, where rape and sexual violence are minimized, and victims are blamed for the crimes committed against them.
But Tate’s troubles did not end there. He and his brother Tristan were arrested in Romania on December 29, 2022 as part of an investigation into human trafficking and rape. Although Tate has reportedly been wanted for questioning since April, some speculate that it was his response to activist Greta Thunberg who revealed his whereabouts.
Amidst all this drama, it’s easy to forget that Tate first made a name for herself on the 2016 series of Big Brother. But according to The Sun, his time on the show was marred by reports of a resurgence of homophobic and racist tweets. This was the beginning of Tate’s Big Brother downfall, as shortly after, footage of him hitting a woman with a belt was shared with the press.
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Tate was forced to leave the Big Brother house, as a Channel 5 spokesperson said at the time: “Andrew’s position as a housemate became untenable after a video was brought to our attention by The Sun ” With his latest troubles, it looks like Tate’s controversial antics may have finally caught up to him.