"I put myself out there, so I have to accept what happens."
Katie Olivia Hopkins was born in Barnstaple, Devon, on February 13, 1975 to Roy and Anona. The youngest of three daughters, she attended a private convent school from the age of three to 16. After completing her A-levels, she signed a 35-year contract with the Intelligence Corps, who sponsored her time at the University of Exeter, where she was studying economics. Her military career came to an abrupt end when she experienced an epileptic seizure only days before her passing out ceremony. She joined a business consultancy and relocated to Manhattan.
Hopkins hit the headlines in 2006 when she took part in series three of The Apprentice. She received a lot of media attention due to her outspoken views about other contestants. She was offered a place in the final, but decided instead to withdraw from the competition. She went on to sell her story to a Sunday newspaper, revealing intimate details about her colourful private life. Since then, she has appeared as a contestant on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, worked as a columnist for The Sun and voiced her opinions on a number of TV shows, including The Wright Stuff and This Morning. In a 2015 two-part documentary for TLC, Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, she piled on the pounds and then proved how easy it is to lose weight. In early 2015, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house.