Big Brother Australia winner Reggie Bird makes show confession and reveals how she will spend profit


Reggie Bird is feeling frantic tired.

She just won Big Brother Australia for a historic second time – the first person to do so on any version of the show – and has been doing back-to-back interviews since about 5:30 a.m.

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But the trademark cheerfulness and down-to-earth quality that Australia loves so much has gone nowhere, despite the exhaustion after the final.

“I’m starting to get to that point, you know, where you get a little crazy?” the 48-year-old told 7Entertainment.

No doubt she’s been asked the same questions over and over since she won $250,000 in Tuesday night’s live final in Sydney, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

Reggie has won Big Brother for the second time. Credit: NIGEL WRIGHTseven

Gold Coast mom of two took it out first Big Brother 19 years ago in season three of the show.

Back then, the fish-and-chip shop owner from Tassie melted everyone’s heart with her down-to-earth personality.

And she’s still that person — just older, with a little more life experience and two kids, Mia, 15, and son Lucas, 12, who have cystic fibrosis.

Reggie also revealed before going on the show that she has a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which means she’s slowly going blind.

She currently has only nine degrees of central vision and has lost all of her peripheral vision.

“I don’t have night vision,” she revealed before the start of… Big Brother 2022.

“I could wake up tomorrow and (my vision) will be gone.”

Reggie’s visual impairment wasted her time Big Brother harder – and the physical challenges much harder to win.

Reggie celebrates with her children Lucas and Mia. Credit: NIGEL WRIGHTseven

“I wondered how I was going to get into the house (with a visual impairment), but I didn’t realize how brutal the challenges would be,” she said.

“But I gave it my all and I didn’t expect Big Brother to change anything just for me.

“I’m glad they left every challenge as it was because it has made me a stronger person to compete against able-bodied people doing the same.

“I went in to represent people with disabilities and it’s just to show that you can go out and try and you can do anything.

“I’m so proud of myself for trying.”

Big Brother Australia 2022 finalists Taras, Reggie and Johnson. Credit: NIGEL WRIGHTseven

Reggie says she hopes for her time Big Brother — and her win — will lead to more people with disabilities appearing on reality TV.

“If you put someone with a disability on a reality show, hopefully it will open doors for other people to do the same,” she said.

“I learned a lot about doing myself” Big Brother again – doing all those challenges proved I can do anything.

“They were really super tough. I was pretty injured from the first to the last week!”

For Reggie, the best thing about going back in was just getting a chance to soak up the BB vibe for a second time.

“To walk back through those doors again was the best feeling, really, and now I’ve made a lot of new friends again,” she said.

Reggie with her children Lucas and Mia. Credit: NIGEL WRIGHTseven

“It was hard being without the kids, but they also gave me the drive and motivation to keep going.

“I still can’t believe it; I can’t believe it happened again,” she said.

“It will settle in once I get home, I think.”

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She plans to spend her newly won quarter of a million dollars as a down payment on a new house.

The beloved reality TV queen has been renting on the Gold Coast for the past 10 years and said she wanted to give her children a “roof over their heads” and more financial security.

“It would be good to get some stability in our lives and have a house of our own,” she said.

“The kids are so happy and so proud of me. Overwhelmed too.”

Reggie defeated newbie finalists Johnson Ashak and Taras Hrubyj-Piper to claim her second crown.

She says the game has changed a lot since she first competed in 2003.

“It was so strategic this time,” she said.

“There was all this ‘strat chat’ and strategic moves, and I was like, ‘I can’t do all this strat chat stuff!’

“Like myself I wanted to go in and play my social game and I did, but towards the end there I had to do some more (strategic) thinking.

“You were always on. I often played stupid and acted like I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I did.

‘Ha, fooled them all!

Reggie won Big Brother 2022. Credit: seven

“But you’d go to bed one night and your brain wouldn’t shut down because you’re just constantly thinking about who’s coming to get you.

“And the physical challenges — man, they were brutal.”

What’s next for Reggie?

There is a book in the pipeline, as you would expect after the historic win, and she would like to pursue a career on TV or radio.

“Nineteen years later, I still get people coming up to me to chat,” she said.

“And now that it’s happening again, it’s really humbling.

“It’s unbelievable how much the Australian public loves me.

“Fingers crossed, I’m getting another TV appearance and they’ll be seeing more of me!”

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