Seven days of TV view­ing

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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.’’

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