Tuoyo, an ex-housemate of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality TV show, has admitted that he falsely identified as a stripper to augment his profile and gain clout.

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In 2019, the reality TV star, who hails from Delta state, had identified himself as a psychotherapist, fitness coach, and part-time stripper, hoping to establish a therapy brand for depressed citizens.

He, however, took to his Instagram page in the late hours of Monday to retract the claim — nearly one year after he parted ways with the show.

Tuoyo also noted that he came open due to concerns about his mental health.

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“For over a year now, I’ve been living a lie. People have advised me to go on with it but I fear for my mental health, my future. I’ve chosen to come out. Big Brother was my big shot at fame,” he wrote.

“Nothing in the world could’ve stopped me from grabbing it with both hands but I felt like I wasn’t enough and I needed to do more and BE more in order to stay relevant and to get some extra clout.

“I was desperate, the magnitude of the competition I was going for even made me more desperate so I attached a tag to myself. ‘I’m a Part-time Stripper’, I said to the whole world.

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“I got the hype I wanted but it was unsustainable. I couldn’t live up to it because that’s not who I’m. But because I have the body I tried to force it, to push if I could keep living the lie

“To make it become truth but, the more I did, the more I regretted. I wasn’t deriving any pleasure and in fact, I felt like I was making a fool of myself so I had to stop. And I’m here to say I’m sorry.

“I lied, no one is perfect, my ultimate strategy has turned back to hurt my reputation and my brand. My name is Tuoyo Ideh AND I AM NOT A STRIPPER. You’ll be meeting the REAL me very soon.”

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For over a year now I’ve been living a lie. Some people have advised me to go on with it but I fear for my mental health and my future so I’ve chosen to come out. Big brother was my biggest shot at fame and nothing in the world could have stopped me from grabbing it with both hands but somehow I felt like I wasn’t enough and I needed to do more and BE more in order to stay relevant and to get some extra clout. I was desperate, the magnitude of the competition i was going for even made me more desperate so I attached a tag to myself – “I’m a Part-time Stripper” I said to the whole world. I got the hype I wanted but it was unsustainable, I couldn’t live up to it because actually that’s not who I am but because I have the body I tried to force it, to push if I could keep living the lie to make it become truth but the more I did, the more I regretted. I wasn’t deriving any pleasure and in fact I felt like I was making a fool of myself so I had to stop. And I’m here to say I’m sorry I lied, no one is perfect, my ultimate strategy has turned back to hurt my reputation and my brand. My name is Tuoyo Ideh AND I AM NOT A STRIPPER. You’ll be meeting the REAL me very soon. Cheers to a new beginning!! 🥂 #TuoyoRebranded #OpenLetter

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Tuoyo was the fifth housemate to be evicted from the house after spending three weeks in the ‘Pepper Dem’ show, which was later won by Mercy Eke.



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