Pete Wicks has thrown his support behind his best friend Chloe Sims’ blossoming relationship with French footballer Adil Rami.
The TOWIE star, 30, confessed that while things between him and Chloe remain purely platonic (despite fans’ wishes), he feels incredibly protective towards his co-star and is fully backing her recent dates with Pamela Anderson’s ex.
The TV favourite chatted exclusively to MailOnline about his cheeky new campaign for Captain Morgan, as well as all the latest TOWIE gossip and why he’s backing his ex Megan McKenna to win The X Factor: Celebrity.
‘Chloe deserves to be happy’: TOWIE favourite Pete Wicks has thrown his support behind his best friend Chloe Sims’ blossoming relationship with French footballer Adil Rami
Dashing fan hopes for him and Chloe, 36, to get together, Pete said: ‘Me and Chloe get on so well. She’s one of the closest people to me and I absolutely love her to bits.
‘If we were in a relationship together we’d probably end up killing each other! We’re both quite fiery. I think people would love to see it though.’
The pair recently had a psychic reading after Chloe became convinced they were soulmates, where they discovered they had supposedly known each other in their past lives.
But in this lifetime, romance is off the cards – despite the pair looking very cosy during a boozy night out last week.
‘Right now me and Chloe are good friends and that’s the way we like it. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, Pete said.
The mother-of-one made headlines a few weeks ago when she was seen leaving London hotspot Chiltern Firehouse in the company of dashing football star Adil – best known for dating Baywatch babe Pamela.
New man: Chloe was recently seen leaving London hotspot Chiltern Firehouse in the company of dashing football star Adil – best known for Pamela Anderson (pictured together in May)
Throwing his support behind their unlikely romance, Pete said: ‘I wasn’t surprised, I knew she was going on a date. I know she had a good time. I think he lives in a different country so I don’t know when they’re planning on seeing each other again.’
Adil parted ways with Pamela this summer following her allegations ‘mental abuse’ and accusations of violence and cheating – all of which he has strenuously denied.
Meanwhile, Chloe has had a tough year after her ill-fated romance with co-star Dan Edgar left her heartbroken when he went crawling back to his ex Amber Turner.
Feeling like a protective big brother, Pete said: ‘Chloe deserves to be happy and whatever makes her happy, I’m there for.
‘I am quite protective over Chloe, she has been messed around a bit and she deserves all the happiness in the world. Hopefully, one day she’ll find her prince charming!’
The cheeky Essex chappy isn’t looking for Mrs Wicks any time soon, however, declaring he’s on a dating ban.
Just friends: Romance is off the cards for Pete and Chloe– despite the pair looking very cosy during a boozy night out last week
He said of Chloe: ‘If we were in a relationship together we’d probably end up killing each other! We’re both quite fiery. I think people would love to see it though’
‘My love life’s dead in the water’, he laughed. ‘I haven’t got the best past when it comes to women. I think a lot of time it’s because I’m just not ready to be in a relationship. I’m so busy at the moment, it’s nice to just enjoy being single.
‘I’ve been stuck in relationships a couple of times and it’s not good for them or for me, no one wants to be in a relationship you shouldn’t be in.’
Pete’s chequered romantic past includes an explosive, on/off relationship with Megan McKenna, which ended after it emerged he had been sexting his ex Jacqui Ryland, an ill-fated fling with Shelby Tribble and most recently a dalliance with single mum Georgina Elizabeth Mullins after meeting on Celebs Go Dating.
Proving his bitter split with Megan is all water under the bridge, however, Pete said he would love to see his ex-girlfriend win X Factor: Celebrity.
He enthused: ‘I think she’ll do really well, I think she’ll win it because she has an amazing voice. I know she’s really happy about doing it.
‘I think she’ll surprise a lot of people, a lot of people have a perception of Megan that’s totally untrue and I think she’ll change people’s minds about her!’.
‘I think she’ll surprise a lot of people’: Proving his bitter split with Megan McKenna is all water under the bridge Pete said he would love to see his ex-girlfriend win X Factor: Celebrity
‘I respect his decision’: Sam Mucklow has quit TOWIE after just one year – and he’s rumoured to be bringing girlfriend Shelby Tribble (Pete’s ex) with him
Meanwhile, Pete has been having a ball on TOWIE this series, trying his best to stay out of all the drama – with the exception of a minor blip concerning close pal Dan’s girlfriend Amber Turner.
Insisting he wasn’t going to be giving his two cents on other people’s problems in future, he said, ‘people don’t seem to like my opinion. Dan’s a good friend of mine. So be it. I wish them all the best. I made my feelings clear to Amber.’
It’s been all change in TOWIE this week, with Sam Mucklow making the decision to depart after just one year – and he’s rumoured to be bringing girlfriend Shelby Tribble with him.
Throwing his support behind Sam’s choice, he said: ‘Everyone’s got to do what’s the right thing for them. If he feels like it’s what he’s got to do then I wish him all the best. I like Sam. I respect his decision.’
As for his ex Shelby, who has suffered a series of fallouts with her girlfriends, Pete is glad she’s being taken care of by Sam – whether that’s on or off the TV show.
‘Shelby’s a really lovely girl, things didn’t work out between us, but her and Sam seem really happy’, he said.
Cheers! Pete has been busy filming a new Captain Morgan campaign, doing his best male model impression in the spoof aftershave ad
Staying single: ‘My love life’s dead in the water’, he laughed. ‘I haven’t got the best past when it comes to women’
‘As much as she might have had a rough time, she’s had Sam to back her and to be her rock. I think she’ll be fine, I don’t know what her situation is at the moment. Everyone deserves to be happy and obviously they make each other happy.’
Fans needn’t worry about Pete going anywhere though.
Branding himself the Ian Beale of TOWIE, the veteran cast member – who is one of the longest-serving cast members following an influx of newcomers – insisted he has no intentions of leaving the show any time soon ‘unfortunately for some people, I’m sure!’.
Pete has been busy filming a new Captain Morgan campaign, doing his best male model impression in the spoof aftershave ad.
The cheeky reality star throws smoldering looks at the camera to promote their festive new Gingerbread Spiced flavoured drink, which is available in Asda stores and Green King pubs nationwide.
‘It’s such a fun brand and I’m a massive rum drinker so it was the perfect fit for me’, he explained. ‘The concept of the ad is so good, it’s like a spoof aftershave ad, I really enjoyed doing it.’
‘The rum tastes amazing as well, it’s the perfect cosy drink for this time of year’, he added.
Pete has teamed up with the famously playful rum brand, Captain Morgan, to create a spoof aftershave ad in ode to its new limited edition, gloriously gingerbread flavoured drink that happens to smell incredible – Gingerbread Spiced.
Bottoms up: The cheeky reality star throws smoldering looks at the camera to promote Captain Morgan’s festive new Gingerbread Spiced flavoured drink