They’ve been extremely tactile with one another since entering the Celebrity Big Brother house, despite her having a serious boyfriend.
But Jeremy McConnell has finally told Stephanie Davis they need to cool things off during an emotional heart-to-heart about their flirty relationship, in scenes set to air on Thursday’s episode of the Channel 5 show.
The Irish hunk mustered up the courage to tell Stephanie he was backing off because he was starting to feel ‘disrespectful’ to her model beau Sam Reece.
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Emotional chat: Jeremy McConnell told a tearful Stephanie Davis they needed to stop being so flirtatious for the sake of her relationship with boyfriend Sam Reece, in scenes set to air in an upcoming episode of Celebrity Big Brother
‘We need to cool off all the touching, it’s too much for me. I’ll stil be there for you, but I’m sick of it, I’m done’, he told the former Hollyoaks actress in an intimate garden chat.
‘I’m bored of the cameras, I’m bored of it. People are watching it.’
Stephanie revealed she was most worried about being dumped by her boyfriend and being alone when she left the CBB house – as well as being villanised by the public for her flirty behaviour.
Unbeknownst to her, Sam seemingly dumped her on social media after watching Jeremy declare they were ‘more than friends’ earlier this week.
Calling it off: Beauty School Drop Outs star Jeremy said he’d had enough of their tactile friendship and was worried it would look like he was overstepping the mark
However, the feisty brunette’s boyfriend then backtracked the next day, instead saying he was simply taking a break from social media amidst all the drama, insisting he was committed to her.
Stephanie revealed: ‘I don’t want to wait here and be booed and then go out and have no one waiting for me either and have to picky myself back together again because I’m not strong enough.’
Jeremy then fired back, saying, ‘I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if I had a girlfriend.’
The TV star insisted she was naturally tactile and flirtatious, saying: ‘I’m just like that as a person though. I’d be the same if you were a gay lad or a girl, with your personality we just get on.’
‘I’m just like that as a person though’: The former Hollyoaks star insisted she was just naturally flirt
Candid chat: Despite agreeing to cool things off, the former Hollyoaks actress appeared to suggest she had feelings for Jeremy, saying, ‘There’s loads I want to say but I can’t’
He replied: ‘I know, but people are watching it. We can have a laugh, but we can’t have that much physical conversation. It’s making me look like I’m coming on heavy and I’m not that type of lad.
‘I do like you, I think you’re a lovely and beautiful girl. But you have a fella at the end of the day. It looks like I’m being disrespectful.’
Stephanie appeared to suggest she had feelings for him too when she said, ‘There’s loads I want to say but I can’t in here ’cause the cameras are on. We’ll speak when we get out.
Staying faithful: Stephanie was forced to justify her relationship with model Sam Reece, saying, ‘I am like a loyal dog to my boyfriend’
‘Pied’: Scotty T joked that Stephanie had palmed off his best pal in the house
Their in-depth chat came just after the puppet master shopping task, which saw the housemates having to guess who had said what about which housemate.
After a few minutes of head-scratching, it emerged that Geordie Shore star Scotty T had said of Stephanie: ‘Everyone else is in relationships, why is it different for her?
Stephanie told her housemates: ‘It’s not hard whatsoever. I’ve made a fantastic friend in Jeremy. I love him to bits. I am like a loyal dog to my boyfriend. He’s the one I’m going to marry.
‘I’m really thankful to you Jeremy for being such a good friend.’
Scotty T joked to his close pal: ‘Pied’.
The moment was made all the more awkward after Jeremy was forced to admit he was the author of the quote, ‘It’s more than friends, it’s obvious.’
A red flush crept up his neck as he confessed, ‘I just think its overstepped that mark a little bit. The way I see it, it’s not just friends.’
Still going strong? Later on, the pair proved they couldn’t keep their hands off each other