CBB star Kellie Maloney: I wanted to transition quietly

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Kellie Maloney has claimed she wanted to transition “very quietly” – despite signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.

The former boxing promoter and UKIP candidate came out as transgender in August last year, announcing her transition to female.

Just a week after coming out, Ms Maloney signed up to appear on Series 14 of Celebrity Big Brother – in which she finished ninth.

Maloney had caused controversy in 2004 by saying she would ban pride marches, and claiming she would not campaign in the London borough of Camden because there were “too many gays”.

Speaking at UKIP’s Spring Conference today, she said: “I have learned to say sorry and apologise if I am wrong.

“I made a terrible mistake in 2004 when I made a derogatory remark about the gay community, and to them I apologise.

“I had to come to terms with myself and accept that I was a transsexual. It is something I hid and something I fought.

“I wanted to transition very quietly, but unfortunately my transition is probably one of the most public events of 2014.”

In her speech to close the conference, Ms Maloney also read a poem about a trans woman’s suicide. She received a standing ovation from party members.

Despite herself having children with her-ex wife, Maloney claimed last year: “I don’t think that children should be brought up in same-sex marriages.”