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Michaella McCollum is rumoured to be entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in January

Michaella McCollum is rumoured to be entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in January

McCollum and friend Melissa Reid made headlines back in August 2013 when they were caught trying to smuggle 11kg of cocaine from Peru to Madrid.

Convicted drugs smuggler Michaella McCollum has been tipped to take part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2018.

The 24-year-old Tyrone native spent two years in a South American prison for attempting to smuggle €1.5 million worth of cocaine from Peru to Spain.

She and her Scottish partner-in-crime Melissa Reid became known as the Peru Two and were locked up in 2013 with a sentence of eight years and six months.

McCollum applied to be freed on parole and was released on 31 March 2016, with the prospect of having to remain in Peru for up to six years.

She then returned home two months later, arriving at Dublin airport on 13 August 2016.

McCollum is rumoured to be taking part in the Channel 5 show which will also be shown on 3e when it starts airing in January.

This season’s show differs with seasons past in that the first batch of housemates are all set to be female.

Producers have confirmed that the house will be all female “in a salute to a centenary of women’s suffrage” for the first while. Men will be introduced as the series progresses.

Celebrities who have confirmed their appearance on the show thus far include Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell, R&B crooner Ginuwine, Apprentice star Andrew Brady and journalist Rachel Thompson.

Celebrity Big Brother will kick off on Tuesday, 2 January at 9pm on Channel 5.

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