The Circle champion Natalya Platonova didn’t turn her phone on the day after winning out of ‘guilt’
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The Circle winner Natalya Platonova didn't turn her phone on the day after she was announced as the winner of the show after feeling "guilty" over beating Manrika Khaira.
Natalya, 30, posed as hunky Felix on the hit Channel 4 show, sparking a romance with 24 year old Manrika, who she knocked into second place.
The military police officer spoke exclusively to OK! online the morning after her victory was aired, explaining that she was yet to read the messages sent to her by viewers.
She said at the time: "I haven't turned my phone on yet, I haven't even seen the reaction but it's crazy.
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"We've had seven months to sit on it so it's kind of processed more now, but when I initially won back when it was filmed I was like 'Oh no'.
"It was quite hard to process that because there was underlying guilt with that. I thought I was the only game player, but watching it back, we were all playing a game.
"It is a strategic tactical game, but back then I was like, 'Oh God'. It's weird watching it back because it puts a lot of things into perspective, and it was actually quite nice to experience that.
"I am the winner so I'm going to own that and I played a good game."
Two weeks on from her crowning moment, Natalya has told OK! online she is still catching up with the reaction from her win, with viewers being divided over her success.
She said: "There was just thousands upon thousands of people and, of course, there was a lot of people that were disappointed that I'd won because they were rooting for Syed.
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"But there were people that were like, 'Woah, she played a blinder', and 'Well done girl' There were a lot of amazingly sweet messages.
"I'm still struggling to get through them now, but everyone’s been so cool and supportive ever since."
The blonde beauty also finally revealed the identity of the man behind Felix, who she pretended to be to win the trust of her fellow players.
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She told us: "He's somebody that I know off socials called Andre. He gave us permission to use the photos.
"He's a lot more private in his personal life but he's content with everything. I don't even know if he knows I've won."
When asked how he's managed to deal with the new attention he's received since the show, Natalya said: "His Instagram's private so I think he's been able to manage it."
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