But now the Pete reality piece has revealed the truth.
Pete, 31, says he and Chloe, 37, have had a secret sex relationship since 2018.
He told The Sun, “Yes, our relationship has been more than just friendship. She was romantic.
“There have certainly been some blurry lines over the past two years. We haven’t officially seen each other, but there have certainly been times when it has been more than just friendship. “
The “fuzzy lines” apparently made it difficult for close friends, who didn’t speak to each other for six months after a huge brawl in January.
The mysterious fight made not only viewers but also their co-stars to wonder if something was going on between them that no one else knew.
The shocking details of their secret adventure are expected to be revealed in tonight’s explosive episode, with Chloe and Pete heading to the couple’s advice to sort out their issues.
Pete added, “It’s probably the worst-kept secret on TV, but yeah, there’s a lot of love between us.
“I love her and she is one of the most important people to me and I hope I am to her, but we eventually damaged our friendship. ”
The long-haired hunk then admitted that maintaining their friendship became more and more difficult with the more intimate time they spent together.
Pete said their couple’s counseling session was only once, and they needed to attend more of them to really sort out their issues.
Fans may be hoping to see the pair officially become a couple now that everything is in the open, but Pete has ruled it out.
He said they are “better off as friends” after making “a mess of everything”.
He added that the problem they now face is finding a way to move forward as friends after everything that has happened between them.
* TOWIE airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ITVBe