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He has a reputation for being a ladies’ man and when new magazine chat to Pete Wicks, they can see why. As they chat to him on the phone, he’s full of charm – and don’t even mention those piercing blue eyes!
The TOWIE star lives in his four-bedroom Essex home with his beloved dogs Eric and Peggy who he reveals have been his “saving grace” during the past few months. “I’m a bit of a lone wolf,” he says. “I don’t really like a lot of people!”
Pete’s been single since splitting from Georgina Mullins 14 months ago and despite the fact that he’s rumoured to be returning to Celebs Go Dating again, he says he’s in no rush to meet anyone.
“I’m getting a bit older and I think when you get past a certain age there’s a lot of pressure on people,” Pete tells new. “But there’s no set time that you should and shouldn’t be doing things.”
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Pete also dated former TOWIE co-stars Megan McKenna and Shelby Tribble, who’s having a baby with Sam Mucklow, but, for now, he’s focusing on work – and is in the new series of Celebrity MasterChef.
Here, the 31-year-old talks to us about his culinary skills, what he’s looking for in a woman and why he wouldn’t take advice from his CDG buddy Sam Thompson…
Thanks for letting new peek into your home, Pete! How long have you lived here?
I’ve only been here for about a year or so. I live on my own with the dogs. It’s been nice to spend as much time as I have done with them during lockdown. They’ve been my saving grace. But I’ve struggled with not being able to see my nan – she’s like my best friend. She’s not very well as she suffers really badly with respiratory problems, so I’ve maintained quite a strict distance from her. I moved here to be closer to her – she only lives five minutes from me. I popped round the other day and we had a cup of tea through the window. I still speak to her every day, but it’s been hard not being able to hug her.
That’s so sweet! So what are you like when it comes to housework?
I’m 32 in October and I’m not afraid to admit that my mum comes round twice a week to do my cleaning. But she mainly does it because I’m usually flying around all over the place, so I’ve been having to do it myself in lockdown. Where I’ve had nothing to do, cleaning isn’t such a bad thing. But my mum enjoys doing it, she’s better at it than me, so everyone’s a winner. She does my washing and ironing as well.
A lot of men were forced to grow their hair in lockdown. Do you feel like they’ve stolen your look?!
Well, my hair is an absolute mess. It’s like a bird’s nest at the minute! I didn’t have it cut for a couple of months before lockdown and it was due a cut then, so it’s been about six months. I look like Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
Would you ever cut it all off?
I had a skinhead for years and I think I’m getting to the point where I should probably do that again. Not just yet because I’m getting a bit older now, so I want to keep my hair for as long as I can before it falls out. But it’s started to turn grey so I’m going to start looking like a really short Gandalf!
But your hair is part of your trademark look…
Everyone says this. It has become a bit of a thing. I think because I’ve got long hair everyone thinks I’m super vain, but I don’t even brush it. I look like I’ve woken up in a wheelie bin most of the time.
The ladies love it! Speaking of which, are you dating at the moment?
I’m very much single. But I’ve never minded being single. I quite like it. I just haven’t met the right person. I haven’t got the best reputation when it comes to women. I think when I was a bit younger, I didn’t really know what I wanted, so I just used to date people and it didn’t work out. But now I think it’s more a case of being a bit more selective and knowing that you don’t have to date people. You’ve got to date people who benefit your life in some way.
Where do you think your relationships have gone wrong in the past?
There have been so many lovely people who I probably haven’t treated particularly well because it wasn’t right for us to be dating. Not that they weren’t a good person, it’s just that together we weren’t right. I think it’s important to understand as early as possible not to carry things on unnecessarily because it causes more hurt and pain in the long run.
Do you get bored easily?
Yeah. But I think a lot of people do and it’s a sign that things aren’t right. It’s nothing to do with the person, it’s just because it’s not right. The best relationships last the longest because people don’t get bored and there’s always that fire. That’s really important.
What impression do you think women have of you?
That I’m an ar**hole, probably. I think everyone thinks they’ve never seen a good side to me and they just think I’m a cheeky chappy and that’s about it.
Does that annoy you?
Not really because I think that’s my own fault. I’m not very good at getting close to people, so I’ve probably put on that front because I’m OK with them seeing that side of me. I’m not very good with the emotional stuff.
So what kind of boyfriend are you?
I’m not romantic, but I would say I’m a gentleman. I’m very generous and I like looking after people. I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day and all that kind of stuff. I think if you want to show someone you love them, you should do it every day. I wouldn’t date me, put it that way! [Laughs]
Do you want to settle down eventually?
Yeah, 100 per cent. I’d love to get married and have kids. I believe in soulmates and all that, but it’s got to be the right time with the right person. I don’t think there’s a rush for that. It’s your life and you only get one. You have to run your own race.
Would you date someone in the public eye again?
I always think a private life is a happy life, but it doesn’t bother me what someone does. Whether they’re in the public eye or not, if it’s the right person then it’s the right person. It doesn’t matter what walk of life they’re from, it’s how you connect.
You’re into motorbiking. Would you go for a biker chick?
I’d love that! That would be quite nice to go for a little couple’s ride together. What a dream scenario that would be. I like people who have their own passion for things, whatever it may be.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
It’s a tough one. As I’ve got older it’s not always just about looks. I think presence is the most important thing, so I’d say Margot Robbie’s personality in The Wolf Of Wall Street. She’s feisty, fiery and has sex appeal, with Eva Mendes’ looks.
Speaking of celebrity crushes, Katie Price told new she fancies your pal James Lock. What do you think about that?
Who doesn’t fancy Lockie? Even I fancy Lockie! He’s a beautiful, big monster of a man. It doesn’t surprise me at all that anyone fancies him. I know Katie, she’s a lovely girl. But they’re not well suited so that would never happen.
Is your bromance with Sam Thompson still going strong?
I think it’s the only lasting relationship to come out of Celebs Go Dating. He’s like the brother I wish I never had. He’s like an excitable chipmunk who doesn’t stop. I don’t know where he gets the energy from. I’m more like his dad than anything else. I have to keep him under control. But honestly, he’s one of the nicest, kindest guys I’ve ever met and I do love him to bits. But we are polar opposites in every way.
He’s loved-up with his girlfriend Zara McDermott. Does she ever get jealous of how much he loves you?
Probably! He does have some sort of weird obsession with me. But they’ve got a great relationship from what I know, so I’m sure it doesn’t bother her that much.
Do you think she’s The One for him?
I have no idea. They’ve only just recently moved in together, but hopefully it works out for them. They’re both lovely people.
Do you ever give each other romantic advice?
I don’t think anyone would ever take any form of advice from Sam! I give him quite a lot of advice. He’s always like, “Pete, what do you think about this?” And I’m like, “Will you f**k off?!” My life’s a mess, but I’m not desperate enough to ask Sam for advice just yet!
You’re also good friends with Vicky Pattison. Have you spoken to her recently?
Yeah, we speak all the time. We’ve been friends for years. I absolutely love Vic – she’s one of my favourite people.
Do you think there’ll be wedding bells for her and her boyfriend Ercan Ramadan soon?
She’s very loved-up. Ercan is a really nice guy. I think they’re a good match. She’s loud and outgoing and Ercan is a bit quieter and a bit more steady. They complement each other really well. It’s the happiest I’ve seen her for a long time.
Let’s talk TOWIE. Are you excited about filming again?
I don’t know exactly when it is, but it’s probably going to be within the next month. Everyone is looking forward to going back. It’s going to be slightly different because of all the regulations.
It’s the show’s 10th anniversary this year. Do you know any old faces who have been confirmed to come back?
We have no idea who will or won’t be back. It could be anyone!
Who would you like to see make a return?
I don’t really have any issues with anyone. That’s the nice thing about the past three months, people have had a lot of time to reflect, so hopefully everyone will be nice. But it is Essex, so the chances of that lasting is unlikely!
You previously said you didn’t want Mark Wright to come back because he’s “boring”. Why do you think that?
That was taken out of context. What I said was that he’s obviously moved on and he’s now married and lives a different life, so what would he come back for? He was on the show as a bit of a playboy and he’s left all that behind. I didn’t say he’s boring. It’s just that a lot of people who have been on the show have moved on and done different things. I think people expect them to come back and be the same as they were 10 years ago, but that’s unrealistic.
How would you feel if one of your exes came back to film?
I’m on good terms with Megan – we’re good friends now. And Shelby is up the duff, which is great. I don’t have bad feelings towards anyone, so if they came back it wouldn’t faze me. There’s no point in holding grudges.
Are you proud of how well Megan’s done with her music?
Yeah, she’s done really well. She’s wanted it her all life. She’s got an amazing voice and I think she’ll do really well because she’s talented.
Would you ever give The X Factor: Celebrity a go yourself?
I think it would be an absolute car crash. I love music and I sing all the time, but I am f**ing terrible at it. I sound like I’m in pain. You need to have some sort of talent for that and I have none.
You’re now in the current series of Celebrity MasterChef. How did you find it?
It was one of the most intense things I’ve ever done. I’ve never really cooked before I did Celebrity MasterChef, but I love the show. I thought I’d just be happy as Larry and see what happens, but it’s amazing how seriously you take it when you get in there.
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What’s your signature dish?
Desserts are my forte. A sticky toffee pudding is one of my specialities. I’m vegetarian, so everything I cooked on the show was too – which I don’t think a lot of people have done. I don’t think John [Torode] and Gregg [Wallace] were very happy because they love a bit of meat, but it was good to show you can make nice veggie food.
Which stars did you get on with?
I had such a lovely team. I had [Olympic rower] Matthew Pinsent, who is a really amazing and inspiring guy, Judy Murray is absolutely lovely, and [Benidorm actress] Crissy Rock – she’s mental, but so much fun. We all got on really well.
Finally, are there any other shows you’d love to do?
For me, it’s about doing the sort of things I’d never normally get a chance to do, like Celebrity MasterChef and The Island With Bear Grylls. I like something that gives me an opportunity to develop as a person. I’m open to anything – apart from The X Factor!
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