Pete Wicks will be looking to showcase his culinary flair on ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ tonight as he vies for one of two spots in the BBC show’s semi-finals. He will be up against tennis ace Andy Murrary’s mother Judy, YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf, former-rower Matthew Pinsent and actress Crissy Rock. The reality TV star, 31, found fame on ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’ (TOWIE) and later hit the headlines with a number of “sexting” confessions in his romantic life. But in a candid interview, he admitted fears over his dating life and offered his family’s damning verdict on it.
Pete Wicks acknowledged his “chequered past” and mistakes that hurt previous partners but claimed to be looking for love – despite concerns that he would never settle down.
The long-haired tattooed star admitted in a 2019 Sun Online article that he wasn’t everybody’s “type” because “not many women would say they want a bloke who looks like he woke up in a wheelie bin”.
Despite this, he claimed “if you’ve got a connection with someone it doesn’t matter” and believed many fell for him because he was a “nice guy with a bad side”.
He said: “I’ve had quite an intense, drama-filled few years, but I’m not really like that. I’m flirty, I like a drink, but I’ve become a pantomime Lothario.”
Pete believed he exhibited “self-destructive” behaviour and found it “very hard to let people in”, so instead chose to “push them away”.
In the past, he claimed to have felt he was in love with numerous partners only to look back and realise he never was.
The star added: “At the time I’ve thought [that] I’ve meant it, but did I get carried away with things?”
One of the biggest threats to his relationships, he confessed, was that he had “the attention span of a goldfish”.
Pete continued: “But in other areas of my life I’m completely focused and that makes me think that maybe I’ve not met the right person.”
He claimed family members had picked-up on this too, specifically one relative who was the closest to him.
Pete added: “My nan knows me better than anyone, and she seems to think I’m destined to be a bachelor for my entire life.”
He went on to admit that sex was “very important” in his relationships and their longevity relied on them being on the same page.
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The star said: “I find different things attractive about different people. I need to want to rip someone’s clothes off.
“That’s something you can’t learn – someone who has the presence that makes you gravitate towards them.
“I do have a penchant for fiery women. I know that’s not necessarily a good combination but it keeps things f***ing interesting!
“Sex should be spontaneous, passionate and fun. If you have to think things through then it doesn’t feel right. If you don’t have that spark then it doesn’t work.”
Most recently Pete was reported to have been on a socially distanced date with former ‘Love Island’ contestant Shaughna Phillips.
She told The Sun that he was “not my type on paper but he’s lovely” and described a “perfect chemistry” during their time together.
‘Celebrity MasterChef’ airs tonight (July 22) at 9pm on BBC One.