British pop star Abz Love has confessed he suffers from Asperger Syndrome in front of millions of TV viewers while appearing on U.K. reality show Celebrity Big Brother.
The singer, who recently made a comeback with his band 5ive, made the admission after his fellow housemate, model Sophie Anderton, urged him to be more lively during a party.
He said, "The drink's kind of messing with people, I don't really go out and party anymore. Sophie was telling me that I need to come out of my shell and really shine, it's good advice, I can't knock that.
"But what people don't know about me is I've got this condition; it's a kind of autism called Asperger's.
"It's a personal thing but it makes it difficult for me in certain scenarios when people want the sparkly bright Abz all the time. I only found out a couple of years ago so it's all new to me but I'm trying to make the best of it."
Asperger's is a disorder which hinders a sufferer's ability to interact socially and restricts behaviour and interests.
The episode aired in Britain on Monday night (26Aug13). The show also features Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond and reality star Courtney Stodden.