Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has apologised for his anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother, saying he had “completely forgotten about the cameras” at the time and was only expressing a personal view.
On Friday, the four-times heavyweight world title holder was the first housemate evicted from the show.
In his first newspaper interview outside the house, the 51-year-old told the Sunday Express: “I do owe an apology for what I said, but in that situation I felt I was talking to one person and I was telling that one person my view.
“I had completely forgotten about the cameras. I wanted to express how I felt about it, it was not that I was trying to push my views on to people, it was saying this is how I was raised, it wasn’t to the whole world.
“So I am going to make a public apology about that because I am sorry for anybody that I offended.”