Big Brother winner proposes to boyfriend

Fiona Willan, ninemsn
8:56pm November 7, 2012
November 07, 2012: Victorian housemate Ben has proposed to his boyfriend on live TV moments after winning Big Brother.

Big Brother housemate Benjamin Norris has proposed to his boyfriend on live television moments after being crowned the winner of Nine's new series.

The 32-year-old accounts manager from Victoria shocked host Sonia Kruger when, after he left the house, he got down on one knee on stage and asked his partner Ben Williams to marry him.

His partner enthusiastically said "yes" and the pair embraced before shouting "We're engaged".

It was an emotional night for Norris, the only gay contestant on the show, who was regarded by other contestants as the "wise man" of the house.

He burst into tears and hugged runner-up Layla Subritzky, a 24-year-old English beautician, as the result was announced.

He will take home $250,000 while Layla, who moved to Queensland earlier this year, has won $10,000.

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Norris told Kruger he first applied to go on Big Brother a decade ago when he was to "come out of the closet".

During his 85 days in the house, the other housemates described Norris as selfless, the funny bone and the biggest gossiper.

He again struggled to contain his sobbing when his mother was allowed to enter the house for a few moments to share his victory.

"I've never really won anything in my entire life," Norris told Kruger.

"I thought the only way I can do this was just be myself, warts and all, and enjoy this journey."

Author: Erin Tennant

Ben reacts to the news.
Ben was shocked by his win.
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