Chanelle Hayes hits back at weight gain critics saying "I'm fine with the way I am"

Former Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes has hit back at criticism of her six-stone weight gain and denied that it is a ploy to get signed up for a fitness DVD.

The ex-glamour model was recently photographed with a fuller figure in a bikini, but told This Morning's Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby she isn't planning on shedding the pounds for a workout DVD.

She said: "If I decided I wanted to lose weight in the future and somebody offered it to me and said "would you like to do it alongside that" I would consider it, but to be honest I'm fine with the way I am, I'm really happy.

"I like to be able to do fun nice things with my son and put my weight after that and him first."

When grilled by the ITV hosts, she denied she had put on weight and had pictures taken on purpose as part of a long-term plan.

She said: "I was on TV 10 years ago, who would pay me to have a DVD? It would be like my friend Catherine from school having a DVD."

She added: "I still go to the gym four times a week, I go all the time but I eat whatever I want afterwards.

"I'm not going to the gym to lose weight and to be toned an slim and all the rest of it, I'm going to the gym because I like going to the gym and if I've got a free morning I will go and do that because it's a way of stress relief but that (size 8 body) should not be the body that everyone wants.

Chanelle Hayes
Chanelle in 2007 (Ian West/PA)

"If a girl looks at at DVD and says I want to be just like her but they will never be just like her even if they get down to a size six, they will always be themselves.

"That's what we need to focus more on, we are who we are. We should all be able to eat within moderation what we want and we should be happy about it, you don't have to be thin to meet someone or be happy."

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