BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France (AFP) – A French reality TV star whose trademark “Hello? I mean hello?” expression earned her national derision and fame has been detained on suspicion of stabbing her boyfriend in the chest, police said Friday.
Nabilla Benattia, who denies any wrongdoing, rose to fame last year when she uttered those words in horror after learning that fellow female contestants had not brought shampoo with them on a show.
Firemen were called to a hotel in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris in the early hours of Friday after the 22-year-old, who has now become a television commentator known by her first name Nabilla, apparently had a fight with her boyfriend Thomas Vergara, whom she met on reality TV. Vergara had several knife wounds in the chest and “his situation is considered serious” though not life-threatening, said po-lice and prosecutors.
Nabilla herself is due to be questioned as part of a probe into “attempted homicide”.
According to her initial statement, the couple was assaulted by three people and Vergara was injured when he tried to stop them, another police source said.
Prosecutors said Nabilla herself called the firemen saying there had been a fight outside the building after “the couple returned by taxi from an evening out”.