Former BFF’s Shelby Tribble and Clelia Theodorou have clashed on the latest series of TOWIE, with the pair screaming on the street during an explosive argument in a recent episode.
Clelia, 24, has accused Shelby, 27, of not being there to support her when she split from her ex-boyfriend, with Shelby claiming she sent texts which were ignored.
In an exclusive interview with OK! online , where she says that her friendship with Clelia is over for good, Shelby claims that Clelia saved their argument for the TOWIE cameras, instead of trying to sort it out in real life.
Shelby tells us: “We were living together but not anymore. It was really weird, she ignored me for months and didn’t return my calls and texts – which she tried to say I didn’t do that but I did – I have the proof.
“She basically saved this whole argument for a TV show. At the end of the day, I came back from holiday thinking I could grab her before we went back to filming and ask her: ‘OK, what’s going on, what have I done?’ And she had moved out!
“She was obviously doing her best to avoid me at all costs so she could bring it on the show and not have to talk like adults behind the scenes.”
Shelby said she hopes that the pair can be civil to each other as they work together on the rest of the TOWIE series.
Sam Mucklow’s girlfriend said: “Maybe at some point it can be civil. At least walk into the same room and it not be awkward, but I’ll have to keep my distance.
“There are so many of us, everyone chats to everyone. You’re not always together, it’s only for filming and things like that so it can be easily avoided.
“I don’t have to strike up conversation and be involved. It’s just one of those things that hopefully will be OK.”
Shelby also said she doesn’t want her argument with Clelia dividing the rest of their castmates, which now includes Shelby’s longtime pal, Love Island star Olivia Attwood.
She said: “It’s such a pathetic petty argument in a sense, I don’t even want to go into it in a sense.
“The people who love me and know me, they all know the truth and they are the only opinions that matter. Instead of going tit for tat, I’d rather stay dignified in silence.
“I wouldn’t want people [on the cast] to take sides because everyone gets along with both of us and it’s horrible to put someone in an awaked position.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to choose between us both as we all get along. It’s just a case of keeping it separate unfortunately.”
While her friendship with Clelia is still not on track, Shelby’s relationship with Sam is going better than ever.
The brunette shared a picture of the two hand-in-hand during a beach stroll, as she captioned it: “Bae and me”, with a love heart emoji.
And Sam appears to be as equally devoted to his girlfriend, as he commented underneath: “My world.”
The Only Way Is Essex continues on Sunday at 9pm on ITVBe.
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