'Why Alexander O'Neal Left Celebrity Big Brother'
Soul star reportedly feared he would attack Perez Hilton...
Alexander O'Neal's dramatic exit from the Celebrity Big Brother house at the weekend has again thrown the show into turmoil.
And a newspaper has claimed that the veteran soul star walked out because he feared that he would physically attack Perez Hilton.
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The 61-year-old singer was issued with a formal warning by Big Brother after he referred to the celebrity blogger as a "f**got" during an altercation.
And The Sun quotes "a source close to" O'Neal as revealing that he had reached breaking point.
"Alex is a man with morals and principles," the mole explained.
"He is fair and will give everyone he meets a chance, but he just can't tolerate disrespect in any form.
"Perez was taunting him. He was baiting him and trying to get a reaction so he would be chucked out. By the end he was following him everywhere like a shadow.
"If someone behaved like that outside the house, especially when Alex was younger, they would have settled it man to man. It was getting to the stage where Alex was going to react."
And the source also revealed that O'Neal believed he had let himself down with his behaviour.
"He is in his 60s now, he's a responsible adult and he knows how to behave. He can't be on telly hitting someone, no matter how much they may deserve it.
"Alex knew he let himself down when he called Perez a f**got and he wasn't prepared to let himself down again, so he took the decision to leave.
"He doesn't need the exposure and he can live without the money. On top of that he was missing his wife. He couldn't stand to be in there any longer and he did the only thing he could, he walked. It was the best thing for everyone."
The planned eviction has apparently been cancelled in the wake of O'Neal's unexpected departure and a "nominations twist" is being promised for Tuesday.
Nominations seen last night will still stand however - with Hilton unsurprisingly leading the field on EIGHT noms.
Katie Hopkins and Nadia Sawalha scored three apiece while Alicia Douvall and Cami Li got two each.
Michelle Visage and Kavana were each nominated by one HM.