Lottie Lion made a name for herself as a ‘villain’ on the 2019 series of The Apprentice.
And she has now shared that when the Coronavirus pandemic hit that her finances took a hit – which led to her seeking companionship and cash from older men via a sugar daddy dating website.
The 21-year-old says she had hoped that being on the site would help her keep her luxury lifestyle afloat and that maybe she would get “a bag or holiday” from one of the suitors but things took a dark turn and she ended up having to seek police help.
Lottie revealed that, at first, she signed up to website Seeking Arrangement as a way of “seeking business investment opportunities” but due to dating in lockdown becoming hard she decided “to reach out to older men who are more advanced.”
She added that she was not phased about entertaining older men, as she told The Sun: “I like mature men, with more life experience, and more success.”
Sharing how the experience turned sour, and that she feared being recognised – which she says did eventually happen, Lottie added: “I was approached by a man who seemed charming, very chatty and interested in getting to know me.
“After that, it’s so hard to talk about, suffice to say I won’t be on there any more. I’ve had threats, harassment and had to speak to police.”
In January, Lottie opened up about some ‘behind the scenes truths’ from BBC hit The Apprentice.
Taking to TikTok, the often outspoken former contestant claimed that Lord Alan Sugar’s jokes are all ‘scripted’ and he doesn’t actually write any of them.
Sharing the clip with her 31,200 TikTok followers, Lottie suggested that the tell-all video might actually “get her into trouble” but she was willing to do it anyway.
She then listed off a number of ‘secrets’ that she claimed took place during the show.
“Lord Sugar’s jokes in the boardroom, yeah he doesn’t write any of them,” she told her followers.
“They’re all scripted and he has a piece of paper and he marks them off as he says them.
She then added: “Karren Brady and Claude Littner are only following you about 30 per cent of the time and it’s always when you mess up.”
The former librarian – who was savagely fired in the 2019 show – then revealed that some sales didn’t count if they weren’t caught on camera.
She continued: “The pressure of them being there puts you on edge. If it didn’t happen on camera, it didn’t happen at all.
“For example, if you make a sale but it’s off camera, it will not be counted towards your team winnings or your personal effort – it just didn’t happen, even if it was like £80,000.”
Lottie was quite the controversial contestant when she appeared on the 2019 season.
She was then rebuked by the BBC for ‘inappropriate’ messages in a WhatsApp group and using racist language in referring to one of her fellow contestants.
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The former Apprentice contestant then claimed to face a slew of trolling after leaving the show .
Last year, Lottie shared a video in which she opened up about the abuse she had received following the show and spoke of her regret of even going on TV.
“I just went on a programme, I wish that I hadn’t, its my biggest regret…just leave me alone,” she said in the video.