In 2014, Big Brother‘s Cat and Lawson were all anyone could talk about.
Clawson. Their couple name was Clawson.
Their controversial relationship was the equivalent of today’s Married at First Sight drama – with the country directing literally all their moral outrage towards two reality TV contestants.
To a perhaps too-highly-involved audience, the couple represented all that was wrong in the world, with 23-year-old Lawson cheating on his long-term girlfriend with 31-year-old Cat in the Big Brother house.
It all started in the Sanctuary. Don’t pretend you don’t remember. They’d been flirting for weeks and then Cat chose Lawson to come to that goddamn private room with her (the one with strawberries and another pool, etc) and they kissed under the sheets. They seemed to a little bit think no one would notice, but the thing about Big Brother is that the cameras are on 24/7, especially when a man in a relationship is hooking up with another woman.
Everyone had an opinion on Cat and Lawson, including my mum.
Other housemates made their disapproval of the entire situation very well known, expressing their concern for Lawson’s girlfriend who had to watch the disintegration of her relationship play out on national TV. When Lawson was evicted, just weeks before Cat, the whole country wanted to know what was next. Was their affair just a one-time reality TV thing, like so many before it? Would he come to regret his actions? Would Candice (his ex-girlfriend) ever forgive him?