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Ollie Locke: 'I was ridiculed for being bisexual'

The reality star came out as bisexual on the London-based TV show back in 2011.

Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke finds it so unfair that he was ridiculed for coming out as bisexual.

The 29-year-old tried to come to terms with his sexuality in front of the cameras back in 2011 after he dated Gabriella Ellis, heiress Chloe Green and Ashley James on the show.

"It was one of the most difficult things because I didn’t know my sexuality, but I wanted to put it on the show. It was a big decision to talk about it,” Ollie told OK! magazine in a new interview.

“Bisexuality wasn’t talked about in the same way six years ago. People didn’t understand it and people didn’t particularly like it, “ he said.

However, the TV personality said he was judged for describing himself as bisexual, rather than coming out as gay, with some viewers taking to social media to post unkind remarks. “The ridicule I got from not saying I was gay immediately was unreal. It was judged highly. It wasn’t fair,” Ollie added.

The Southampton-born star finally accepted he was homosexual last year (16), and told The Sun newspaper he felt comfortable being gay after splitting from his girlfriend Catherine Louise Radford.

"I lived with a woman last year when I was off camera, we had two dogs together. And then we broke up and in December I thought, 'That's it now, I think I'm now gay'," he told the publication at the time. "It’s the first time the viewers have seen me as gay instead of bi. I do say the words ‘I am a gay man’.”

Ollie also revealed he's scaling back his filming commitments to Made in Chelsea after creating the gay dating app Chappy. "I’m just so busy at the moment I don’t have time to film," he explained to the Daily Star.

However, he's sticking around on the show to support his pregnant co-star and best friend Binky Felstead. “I’m basically just there for Binky at the moment, but this will be my last full series. I will keep popping up from time to time though,” he promised.

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