My tough love life ON CAM­ERA

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Close Up - – Anooska Tucker-evans

When Ol­lie Locke signed up to star in the UK’s posh ver­sion of Jersey Shore - Made In Chelsea - he had no idea just how much it would change his life.

The re­al­ity se­ries is 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.

But Locke says it 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, it prompted al­le­ga­tions he was do­ing it for at­ten­tion or for a good story. The star de­nies both in­sin­u­a­tions and says they were quite 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,” Locke says. “I wouldn’t play with the emo­tions of ev­ery­one I know - my par­ents, my friends like that.”

The news then led to a break-up with girl­friend, Gabriella El­lis, which was also all caught on cam­era for the show.

This sea­son has had 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 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 loads of 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.”

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, 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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