News broke in recent weeks that Chloe had unfollowed Pete and speculation followed that the reality show veterans had had a big falling out, but Chloe Sims assured new! magazine in a recent interview that this wasn’t the case.
Chloe, 40, said that there was no “nasty” move, but her decision to remove Pete, 33, as a friend and delete photos of them together was out of respect for any potential future partners either of them may have.
“I’ve had Pete muted for a long time and I just didn’t want to have him on there any more,” she explained.
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The pair have been friends over the years since appearing as regulars on The Only Way Is Essex and last year it was revealed they had been secretly dating on and off for two years behind the scenes.
It all came to an end when Pete refused to commit to Chloe, who is mum to Mady, 16, from a previous relationship.
The stars had a major falling out, but managed to patch things up a little while later and become friends.
Chloe – whose cousin Frankie Essex is pregnant with twins – told fans in a Q&A on her Instagram page: “We just took time out. He had to go in the naughty corner.”
During her chat with new! the star refused to confirm whether she was dating anyone at the moment.
She did however open up about the difficulties of dating as a single parent.
Chloe explained: “I haven’t had that many serious relationships. When Mady was little you could get away with it as you could just say people were a friend.
“I tend to keep her out of my private life. If I was in a serious relationship, I don’t think I would rush that, as she is used to having me all to herself.
“I would have to tread carefully and it would be a gentle process.”
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