The former footballer has blasted those criticising his wife…

Her drunken antics with Jamie O’Hara have caused quite a stir, but Nicola McLean’s husband Tom Williams is totally on board with her appearance in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Some have criticised former glamour model Nicola, 35, for leaving her two young children Rocky and Striker to take part in the show – despite them being at home with ex-footballer Tom.

One viewer tweeted: ‘Can’t stand Nicola. Why would you pay her a penny leaving your kids again great mum #cbb.’

Tom Williams

Nicola and Tom with their kids Rocky and Striker

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And some even slated Nicola for talking about how much she misses her kids, with one adding: ‘Nicola and her yapping. She knew she was going to have to leave her kids she chose to do it. Get over it #cbb.’

But Tom was quick to defend his wife, posting: ‘Missing your kids makes you a bad person. Earning money for your kids makes you a bad person. OK.’

This is Nicola’s first big job in two years, since she took a break from the limelight to work on her marriage to Tom. In 2014 they briefly separated after she accused him of cheating but recently Nicola confirmed they’d managed to move past this.

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Nicola’s behaviour with Jamie, 30, may have raised eyebrows but they insisted it was all above board as he and Tom have been mates for years.

Jamie said: ‘She won’t get in trouble with me ever!’ Then, pointing at the cameras, he added: ‘Tom it’s ok mate, Tom it’s cool.’

Ahead of Nicola’s entrance into the house a source told The Sun: ‘She’s had the worst two years of her life but now she’s feeling strong and she is desperate to let her hair down and have some fun in there.’