Seven days of TV viewing
WHEN Ollie Locke signed up to star in Made In Chelsea – the UK’s posh version of Jersey Shore – he had no idea just how much it would change his life.
The reality series has become a massive hit in England and around the world, scoring a BAFTA award nomination and winning a legion of fans who treat the everyday Brits on the show like superstars.
‘‘ We get an awful lot of attention in London from people, a lot more than a lot of other celebrities,’’ Locke says.
‘‘ I think a lot of people think they own us a little bit because they invest so heavily in our lives. When you’re having a really bad day that’s quite interesting.’’
While Locke ( pictured) says he has been lucky to have been mostly well received by the public, he reveals the show has also been one of the toughest things he’s ever done.
In season one the long- haired party boy announced he was bisexual. While the news wasn’t entirely surprising to the viewing public, it made way for allegations he was simply doing it for attention or for a good story.
Both insinuations the star denies and says were hurtful.
‘‘ If I wanted a good story I would have bought a dog or a cat. I think coming out as bisexual and how difficult that has been, I really wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t,’’ he says. ‘‘ I wouldn’t play with the emotions of everyone I know – my parents, my friends – like that.’’
The news then led to his breakup with long- term girlfriend, Gabriella Ellis, which was also all caught on camera for the show.
This season has seen the flamboyant nightclub VIP host endure another relationship bust- up, this time with Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop owner Sir Philip Green.
‘‘ Series two is the toughest for me I think,’’ Locke reveals.
‘‘ I got into a new relationship at the beginning and I absolutely fell completely head over heels for her and then breaking up, it was probably the hardest five months I’ve had in my life.
‘‘ It was just difficult and it was the show and it was the pressure and stuff and all mixed together. And, who knows, we may still be together if it hadn’t all been on camera, so that’s quite hard.’’
Partly responsible for the latest break- up was Locke’s ex, Gabriella, who producers ensured turned up everywhere Locke and Green went.
‘‘ When you’re having a romantic dinner or whatever, Gabriella will always show up, and that was a really difficult situation,’’ he says.
‘‘ But you know that’s what you signed up for. It’s just one of those things that producers have to do – they have to kind of set the foxes in with the chickens and see what happens.’’
But having producers destroy your relationship for entertainment sake is always going to be tough.
So did Locke ever want to walk away from the series?
‘‘ At certain times there were moments like: ‘ Why am I doing this? Is it worth ruining my relationship for?’ but if the relationship is not strong enough to go through this then it’s not strong enough to go through other obstacles that you will have in the future,’’ he says.
‘‘ And this is just the ultimate test and in the end it just proved too tough for us.’’
Locke recently finished filming season three of the series and says after two heartbreaks on international TV, love won’t be on the cards for him any time soon.
‘‘ Once it came to season three, I didn’t want to bring anyone else in,’’ he says.
‘‘ You have the ability to go out there, snog someone in a club and make them incredibly famous, which is very weird.’’