How many women can one man antagonise?

It's a question which seems to follow Pete Wicks around on a daily basis, and the TOWIE star's ex-girlfriend, Jacqui Ryland, clearly still harbours a lot of ill feeling towards the 28-year-old.

The pair dated a year ago for roughly two-months, before eventually going their separate ways. And not long after, it was TOWIE's Megan McKenna who found herself in a relationship with her co-star.

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Their full throttle romance even hinted at the possibility of marriage, but Pete well and truly destroyed that when he was outed for sending explicit text messages to Jacqui while he was on holiday with Megan, a decision which the reality TV personality appeared to regret:

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Speaking to The Sun at the time, Jacqui said:

The conversation just started back up and before you knew it the old Pete was back being flirty.
Why is he doing all these big public affections with her when actually he is just a complete dog?
I just feel really sorry for Megan. Clearly she is a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve and I think he could potentially really hurt her.
If she had read those messages she'd be devastated and you just think how many other girls is he messaging. I would guess there is more than just me... There is a love rat within him.

It looked like Megan and Pete's relationship had hit a dead-end, the 24-year-old refusing to say whether the pair had managed to patch things up during an interview on This Morning:

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Eventually, the couple did appear to resolve their differences, but clearly there were underlying problems and last week, Megan took to social media to reveal that their relationship was no longer.

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The news didn't really come as a shock to anyone, especially after Megan was spotted leaving the National Television Awards in floods of tears after a fiery row with Pete earlier this year.

Jacqui, in particular, isn't remotely surprised that the couple have gone their separate ways.

Speaking to The Sun Online, the 30-year-old said:

I don't know if Pete loves Megan, I don't think he knows what love is to be honest.
He loves his mum and nan so much, and treats them both so well - you can't fault him with that.

But you see that in a lot of guys who have this cheat pattern, they're good to their mums but awful and disrespectful to the women they date, it's like Madonna-wh*re complex.

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Jacqui, who used to be a dominatrix, spoke incredibly highly of Megan's career success, and she believes that Pete's inability to stay faithful to his former girlfriend stemmed from jealousy and power games:

He's just a dog and he loves the chase, he'll never change and have a loving long-term relationship, but I think she'll move on and be happy.
Some men cheat because they love the attention, but I think it's a power thing as well with him.
When you look at them as a couple, Megan is a business woman who's hugely successful and he's just in the background. So for him cheating is like his power - that he can still have whoever he wants.

She needs to stay away from him, she's a good looking girl with so much going for her and she's building her empire, but all the heartbreak he puts her through will just hold her back and make her lose focus.

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But Jacqui doesn't think that Pete's bad behaviour is enough to put Megan off for good:

I think they'll get back together as they still hang around with the same people and at the same places, there's comfort in familiarity.

But if they've got brains they'll stay away from each other, it's toxic.

I can see Megan with someone who treats her well and makes her happy - although Pete would hate that.

She added: "He completely changed his type with Megan. He usually goes for very curvy glamour models, and she's totally the opposite. She has more of a fashion model body.

"Although he likes her feistiness, she's so different from all the other girls he's dated who are exactly like me. He's clearly got a type, but they just stayed together because the public loved them."

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Despite Pete's newfound freedom, it doesn't sound like Jacqui will be revisiting her old flame anytime soon:
I would never in a million years get back with him. If he can cheat on the person he's in a high-profile relationship with, just imagine what he can do when eyes aren't on him.

Care to respond, Pete?

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This Morning returns today from 12:30pm on ITV.

Abby Robinson

Abby is a writer for Pretty 52. She's an animation enthusiast, daydreams about roaming the wild with all her animal friends, and is failing to conquer her trainer addiction.

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