Pete Wicks has hit back at any suggestion he was intimate with the partners of at least two contestants on this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Pete, 35, who jetted to Australia in support of close friend and eventual winner Sam Thompson, was spotted getting cosy with Danielle Harold, 31, after enjoying a boozy night out with Nick Pickard’s girlfriend Sarah Corrin, 39.
Hollyoaks veteran Nick, 48, later admitted to ‘having a word’ with the TV personality: ‘The first thing I said to [him] was ‘have you been running off with my bird you cheeky b****r?!”
Speaking on his and Sam’s Staying Relevant Podcast Pete declared: ‘I just want to point out that I didn’t sh** anyone’s wife’.
His co-host quipped: ‘Pete got linked to every single person out there’.
King of the Jungle Sam continued: ‘He got linked to Sarah – Nick’s [Pickard] girlfriend, he got linked to Danielle [Harold], he got linked to my girlfriend Zara [McDermott], he got linked to Rochelle [Humes] at one point’.
‘I don’t think there were anymore women out there to get linked to.’
He added: ‘Do you know what my favourite thing about this is…I’ve gone into the jungle and Pete’s flown out there to be there for me and it’s literally he can’t get away from it’.
Pete then concluded: ‘Genuinely, Sam could not be more loved and all that seems to have happened is that I am hated.’
The TOWIE star was spotted getting cosy with fellow singleton Danielle as they partied with the other campmates ahead of the final.
Danielle put on a busty display in a black bikini top as she leaned in for an intimate chat with Pete while at the venue.
The blonde beauty – who was the fifth contestant to be eliminated from the Jungle – later looked in great spirits larking about as she jumped on Pete’s back and cuddled up to him.
An onlooker told The Sun: ‘Danielle and Pete were incredibly cosy. They were cuddling a lot and were very tactile. They acted like a couple.
‘Danielle seemed very happy with Pete and at one point jumped on his back.
‘They posed for pictures together, too. They looked good together.’
Pete previously broke his silence after fans claimed ‘something was going on’ between himself and Zara McDermott.
He had been spending time with Sam’s girlfriend Zara while his friend competes in the ITV competition but the couple have been plagued by rumours that their relationship isn’t purely platonic.
Sharing his feelings for Zara with new! magazine, Pete mused: ‘I love Zara – she’s a sweetheart’, adding that the Strictly star is ‘really missing’ Sam.
He was quick to shut down rumours that the pair were doing anything untoward while Sam is in the Jungle, admitting: ‘Me and Zara find it quite funny.
‘That’s the problem with social media everyone’s got an opinion. Sam is my brother, and Zara is a very good friend of mine. We just laugh about it.’
Insisting he wouldn’t date the Love Island star even if they were both single, he continued: ‘I absolutely adore Zara, but she’s not my cup of tea and I don’t think she’d last five minutes.
Me and Sam could not be any more different. They’re such a great couple and love them to bits. It’s just sad that people can’t understand that girls and guys can be mates. It’s ridiculous.’
James Parker is a UK-based entertainment aficionado who delves into the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. From Hollywood to the West End, he offers readers an insider’s perspective on the world of movies, music, and pop culture.