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I wish I'd kissed Craig in the Big Brother hot tub; CLAIRE'S DILEMMA: SHE MAY DUMP BOYFRIEND FOR TV HUNK.

BIG BROTHER beauty Claire Strutton wishes she had kissed hunky Craig in the show's jacuzzi.

Claire, 25, was back in a hot tub yesterday with real-life lover Troy Harringan.

But she confessed their 10-year relationship may be over because she can't stop thinking of cheeky builder Craig Phillips, her close pal on the Channel 4 show.

On the day Claire was evicted from the Big Brother house, five million people saw Scouser Craig run his tongue down her back in the jacuzzi.

Now back selling roses at her dad's flower shop, she said: "The more I think about it, the more I wish I could have snogged Craig just once to see if there was any spark.

"I can't believe how much I miss him. I had the best two weeks with him and we are going out together as soon as he is free.

"It was strange being in the hot tub with Troy because all the time I was remembering the good times I had with Craig.

"I'll just have to take each day as it comes and see what happens. I don't want to be presumptuous - Craig might not even want me.

"I love Troy but I don't know what he'll think of this or where we can go from here. We need to have a really good talk."

Mechanic Troy tried to reassert himself yesterday, saying: "As I said before, better luck next time Craig."

But Claire, who replaced Nasty Nick Bateman, said: "I have apologised to Troy for all the grief it caused him but I don't regret a thing that happened in there.

"It's not often you meet someone you just click with like that."

The hot tub incident was just one of a string of flirtations which had viewers wondering if Craig and Claire would claim a pounds 50,000 prize by becoming the first Big Brother couple to have sex.

But Claire, from Hayes, Middlesex, insisted: "I would never have snogged him on the programme, not for the pounds 50,000, not for all the money in the world.

"It would have been tasteless and it couldn't have been private with all those cameras in our faces."

However, she added: "It felt like a lifetime in that house, but now I'm out I wish I could go back."
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Date:Sep 5, 2000
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