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Lisa McLoughlin

Big Brother winner Luke Anderson thought eye-watering electricity bill for his bakery was a typo

2012’s Big Brother winner Luke Anderson

(Picture: Channel 5)

Big Brother winner Luke Anderson has said he thought his sky-high energy bill for his North Wales bakery was a typo.

The 31-year-old — who won the 2012 instalment of the reality series — set up his dream business, Cravin’ bakery, in Mold last July with his wife Jamie-Lee but was in for a shock this month amid the ongoing energy crisis.

The South African-born star vented his frustration after receiving an eye-watering bill which went up from their £400 per month to a whopping £1,600.

Taking to Twitter, Anderson wrote: "When we first chose our energy provider we shopped around for the most reasonable price. We thought that it must have been a typo or error.

"To say we were shocked is an understatement. The general consensus with local small business owners is that the Government doesn’t care about us family run shops," he said.

The price hike means their bakery will have to earn roughly £50 every day just to cover this one cost per month.

Big Brother winner Luke Anderson has revealed his bakery’s eye-watering electricity bill (Facebook/Cravin)

The reality TV star, who is dad to twins Arthur and Sophia, admitted that it’s not just energy costs that are affecting their business but also soaring food prices.

He added: "Not only are the energy prices surging, we are also contending with the cost of butter doubling, flour and egg prices are soaring too.

“We are determined to keep our prices fair for our customers."

Anderson shot to fame on the 2012 instalment of the reality series (Channel 5)

In a bid to curb costs, Anderson said they’ve considered baking at off-peak times to take advantage of lower rates, before joking that "candles might be an option at this rate".

Anderson found fame on 2012’s Big Brother when he won the series and revealed during his stint that he is transgender.

However, he suffered vile trolling after leaving the house and said his experience made him “have a thick skin”.

He told The Sun at the time: "Thankfully I learnt to grow a thick skin and realised that these trolls were just after a reaction."

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