Celebs Go Dating’s FORBIDDEN romances

They are a rule-breaking lot

Celebs go Dating

by Marianna Manson |

Celebs Go Dating has long been one of our favourite TV shows, and this year’s virtual series is no exception.

But while the dates appear to be going well, it’s no secret that the pairings on CGD don’t ever really go the distance, and with Pete Wicks recently spotted snogging YouTube star Madison Sarah and Chloe Ferry reportedly back with her ex Sam Gowland, it’s looking like none of this season’s slebs have found love with the public (again).

Is it because the lifestyles of the A List and us mere mortals’ are just too different?

Well, it certainly COULD be, because in series of yore the celeb daters have been far more likely to hook up with their fellow agency sign ups than whoever Anna and Paul have set them up with – despite it being basically the show’s ONLY steadfast rule.

Most recently, Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips was linked to TOWIE playboy Pete, but insisted nothing actually went down because she’s too much of a goody-two-shoes.

Speaking to heatworld, Shaughna said, "It's a written rule [that you can't date the other celebs], and I fully abided by it. I'm a little bit of a goody-two-shoes, to be honest.

"But, do you know what? Pete could give the Pope fanny flutters. He's such a charmer. It's almost hard not to flirt with him, because everything he says is just so flirtatious."

Here’s the celebs who DID break the rules and were rumoured to have hooked up.

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Forbidden CGD couples

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When the show was just a little bitty baby in 2016, Stephanie and Joey were its first ever forbidden celeb couple. Then dating expert Nadia Essex certainly made her feelings known as later Steph told us, "I try to block out bad memories, but she didn't accept that Joey and I were dating. She was evil to me when I was dating Joey, on and off camera."She was flirting with Joey."

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So this was QUITE the scandal at the time. Then dating coach Eden ended up hooking up with one of the civilian daters, Chanel, a Kim Kardashian lookalike who was brought in to date IRL Kim's best mate Jonathan Cheban (awks). It all crumbled though when Chanel found out he'd been two timing her and shared the messages online.

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She might be settled down with a baby on the way now, but back in 2017 Charlotte looked to the dating agents to find her love with a civilian. Instead, she found a "genuine connection" with disgraced X Factor star Frankie, before accusing him of using her for air time. The pair no longer speak.

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Ok, ok, so not STRICTLY a forbidden romance, but Tallia and Seb were the OG exes on the show (to be extremely outshone by Pete Wicks and Megan McKenna two series later) and it was SO CLEAR when the agents had them in a room together that there was still LOADS of chemistry between them.

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Love Island's Olivia certainly had options on the show, reportedly hooking up with Ibiza Weekender's Callum Izzard, too. But it was Diversity Dancer and Jesy Nelson's ex Sam who she attended the final with, and fans were overjoyed at the union.

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Easily the most enduring love affair to have come from the show, Pete and Sam each met their soulmates in each other in series six and are still the best of friends today (even if their relationship does revolve around Pete ripping into Sam).

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These two Essex natives seem like the perfect match on paper, which is why we were gutted not to see more of their relationship play out. TOWIE's Lauren dropped some major hints she'd been getting intimate with the Love Island winner, but later left the agency early to focus on herself.

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After breaking up with her Love Island boyfriend Wes Nelson, Megan admitted she was bi-sexual and on CGD dated both guys and girls. She hit it off with TOWIE's Demi and the two ended the series trying to make a go of it, but it wasn't to last.

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Made in Chelsea's poshest export Liv joined the agency looking for a bit of rough and found it in newly single Josh Ritchie, who'd just split from Charlotte Crosby. The pair were photographed snogging at a party and they both admitted to fancying each other.

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Liv was also briefly linked to TOWIE's James but we much preferred the rumours about a romance with daytime telly hun Alison."I fell in love with James Lock on the show. This Greek God," she said at the time. "He did say one thing to me, he actually said, 'Alison you're my perfect girlfriend, personality-wise'."I was absolutely devastated. So I went to the gym and worked out. So personality-wise I'm his perfect girl!"

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The celebs might have to maintain a safe distance for 2020's virtual series, but that didn't stop Pete and Love Island's Shaughna hitting it off. She denied any romance (boo!) but admitted, "Anna and Paul have actually said to me that they think me and Pete are alike in the sense that we kind of go along with things to be nice."That could be a perfect chemistryu2026 He's probably not my type on paper, but he's lovely."

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Despite Celebs Go Dating the Mansion being rife with rumours of celeb pairings, it was superstar DJ Tom Zanetti and Made in Chelsea heiress Sophie Hermann who made a go of things. Viewers watched the pair flirt their way through the series before finally being set up on a date by Pau and Anna, with Anna telling Closer exclusively that "if a celeb starts to gravitate toward another celebrity, it is something we explore but we also try and keep them on the path of dating regular folk as well."

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Unlike rival dating show Love Island, any other rules on CGD are basically non-existent, particularly when it comes to boozing on camera.

Speaking to Closer online earlier this year, dating expert Anna Williamson said, “We set up the scenarios but what the talent decide to do within that remit is up to them. Often we will say ‘don’t get drunk, don’t drink too much,’ but they do anyway. They all drink a lot, a hell of a lot.

“We aren’t going to sit there nannying them – they’re grown ups and they can do what they want. But that said, we do have a duty of care. It’s a reality show, and as with all reality shows the duty of care on Celebs Go Dating is absolutely phenomenal.”

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