Bear and Charlotte have been pictured together since their dramatic breakup, but Bear insists they are both single as he vows to stop dating reality stars
STEPHEN Bear has insisted that he is NOT back with Charlotte Crosby despite claims they have rekindled their romance.
The pair have been pictured out together and close pals say Charlotte is considering moving to London to be closer to him – but Bear claims they are best being “just friends.”
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, the 28-year-old said: “We’re just friends, I’m single, she’s single, we’re just mates and I think that’s the best way for now.”
Despite admitting they don’t work as a couple, he was full of praise for the former Geordie Shore star with whom he enjoyed an on-off relationship for nearly a year, and says they are still in touch.
Bear said: “She’s cool, she’s funny, she makes me laugh, she was a great girlfriend, but it just didn’t work and we broke up, and now I don’t want to rush into anything.
“We message each other just once in a while, we don’t talk about anything that serious, but we get on.”
When asked if they would ever get back together he stated: “Never say never I suppose, but for now we’re just talking and just friends, we just talk about general stuff, whatever.
“It’s always sad when couples split though. I think people loved the love story, but in reality all couples have arguments and nothing’s perfect. We’ll always be friends though.
“I’m just not ready to date at the moment, to sit next to anyone and start talking to them, or start ringing people up and asking to do something.”
He added: “I was in a relationship for so long, I find it quite disrespectful to start dating this soon.
“All I wanna do is learn Spanish, I know it sounds crazy, but I want to self-improve.
“I want to spend time learning a language and self-improving and not worrying about what Twitter’s saying.”
Bear appeared on Ex On The Beach in 2015, but shot to fame last year when he won Celebrity Big Brother.
While his relationships before Charlotte include Vicky Pattison and Jemma Lucy, the roofer-turned-reality star says he wants his next romance to be with someone out of the spotlight.
“The thing is with reality TV everyone’s kissed someone you know.
“The next girlfriend I have, I’d like to be someone that no one knows.
“The last three girlfriends I’ve been with before they were all in reality TV. I’d just like a bit of normality, I a roofer at heart, I like normality, all this is just f**king weird.