Pete Wicks says he ‘massively regrets’ starring in TOWIE and brands co-stars ‘d**kheads’
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Pete Wicks has confessed he "massively regrets" starring in The Only Way Is Essex and has slammed his co-stars for "not being themselves" before calling some of them "d**kheads".
The 32 year old, who has been on the reality TV series since 2015, made the shock comments in an interview on Megan Barton-Hanson's new podcast, You Come First.
Opening up about his time in the spotlight, he explained to the 26 year old: "I semi regret doing reality TV – massively, yeah.
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"I can't go back now. It has been so long now that I will always be, 'weren't you that homeless looking bloke that was on TOWIE?'"
While he clearly has negative feelings towards his time in the industry, the star also admitted that a great deal of opportunity has come from his time on screen.
Pete, who recently sent a sweet birthday gift to Chloe Sims after revealing their secret romance, said: "Saying I regret it is a double-edged sword because I don't regret my way of life now, my way of life is better, I get to do some amazing things and go to some amazing places and my quality of life is better."
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The key point that truly bothers him is that he doesn't feel as though he has a job. He explained: "I struggle with the fact that I don't really feel like I have a job.
"If I go on holiday or something and I like speaking to people, so I will start speaking to a f***ing random American and they ask 'what do you do?'
"I tell them I'm an electrician. When they say, 'what do you do?' What do I say? What the f**k is a TV personality? That's not a job!'"
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The reality star, who was recently credited for helping Sam Thompson get through "the hardest times" after his split from Zara McDermott, continued by slamming his TOWIE co-stars.
He said: "The amount of people that I work with – naming no names – that you think, 'If I had to sit and have a beer with you, I would rather punch myself in the face repeatedly' but then people see them on TV and think, 'They must be wonderful!' No they're not, they're a d**khead.
"The whole point of reality TV is that it's supposed to be 'reality' but it f**king isn't. It's really not – I'm probably going to get into lots of trouble for saying that. People aren't being themselves and there's nothing real about that."
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Pete added that people on TV are not actually the way they seem in person as he said: "There are so many reality shows. Every f**ker is on TV, there's competition for jobs and people trying to f**k each other over and whatever else and it has become – it just has a bit of a negative tongue to it I think.
"There are so many people on TV that want to be on TV rather than happen to be on TV because they've got a personality, now people are making up personalities for TV and actually that's nothing f**king like what they're like in real life."
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