But in 2017, Sandi left the show to pursue her signing career and was replaced by Sandra’s daughter Chanchez – sparking rumours of a feud.
Sandra claims Channel 4 were paying her more than any other cast member, allowing her to enjoy a ‘luxury lifestyle’ before the incident.
She told The Sun: ‘It was hard. I had a panic attack, thinking I was going to go back on benefits.’
Opening up: Gogglebox Sandra Martin has revealed she’s back on benefits – four years after leaving the Channel 4 show
She added: ‘I could’ve stayed, they offered me real money, but s*** happens.’
Sandra won the British public over with her infectious cackle and love of Pot Noodles during her time on the show but by 2018 she had fallen on hard times and ended up homeless.
The fan favourite said she had blown her earnings from the show – thought to be around £1,500-a-month – on takeaways and getting her hair done.
Despite the setback, Sandra revealed that after 50 years they remain friends: ‘No matter what we go through, she’s always got a room here for her, and she’s always got a room for me.
‘We’re besties. We’ve been through, ups, downs, thick and thin, the worst, the wears, the tears, the bumps, the laughs.’
Explaining how she quickly burned through her pay, Sandra previously told Loose Women: ‘The money was coming in. The bank account was big, being in the community, all my friends on the social.’
‘I never got help, but the money was squandering. The money went, taxis, hair, take away, friends that wanted money. The money just went. It was natural to help, I don’t regret it.’
Sandra added that at some points she wished she had never found fame, explaining: ‘I wanted to burn it all and go back to it. I’m not the celebrity person. I do lots of charity work, they don’t pay me, Sandi likes doing the red carpet.’
Feud: Sandra, 61, and her best friend Sandi Bogle, 58, from Brixton became one of the most popular duos on the show when it began in 2013
Last year, Sandra left her followers in shock as she posed for a series of fun photographs next to her friend being rushed to hospital.
The reality star revealed she had been forced to call 999 after her 82-year-old friend was struggling to breathe, prompting an emergency ambulance and fire brigade response.
Yet despite the shocking scenes taking place around her, Sandra found the time to pose for selfies with the fire crew, flashing a thumbs up while leaning over her friend who was on a stretcher.
Sandra tweeted: ‘Yes EVERYONE i left derby to move in my BEST FRIEND ANN MARIE of 40YEARS to look AFTER her…TODAY she couldn’t breath so i calll 999 but the fire CREW HAD TO come.
‘THANKS TO NHS FIRE SERVICES FOR TAKIN MY BEST FRIEND ANN MARIE TO HOSPITAL AND TING XXX.’
She later updated fans: ‘.. MY BEST FRIEND WAS OK SHE WAS IN GOOD HANDS…THANKS AGAIN NHS.
Shocking: Gogglebox star Sandra Martin left her followers in shock as she posed for a series of fun photographs next to her friend being rushed to hospital
‘CAN I GET A GOD MORNING EVERYONE X SANDRAGOGGLEBOX INDAOUSE AND TING XXX THANKS FOR ALL SPEEDY RECOVERY TO MY FRIEND ANN MARIE OF 40YEARS. SHE IS BACK EVERYONE X’
Yet her followers were shocked that the moment had been turned into a photo opportunity, tweeting: ‘Friends fighting for her life and she’s having a photoshoot with the firemen’
Sandra later hit back: ‘THANKS FOR ALL SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR MY FREIND ANN MARIE. NEGATIVE COMMENTS GET BLOCKED.
‘YES SHE IS BACK AND OK… I COULDN’T HELP IT IF THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AND FIRE SERVICES WAS TOTALLY SHOCK WEN I OPEN THE DOOR .OBVIOUSLY THEY WAS 1 MILLION FANS OF ME #SANDRAGOGGLEBOX