'She's a bit of a maneater' says TOWIE's Ricky Rayment as he tells all about Gemma Collins' saucy Twitter messages
08:18 GMT, 22 May 2012
It's safe to say that all fans of The Only Way Is Essex were shocked when it was revealed that the mystery person who had been sending flirty messages to Ricky Rayment was Gemma Collins.
In an exclusive interview the Essex playboy has spoken out about what led to Collins' messages and why he didn't allow things to escalate further between them.
Ricky also tells all on his blossoming relationship with his co-star Jessica Wright.
His side of events: TOWIE's Ricky Rayment tells all to Now magazine about Gemma Collins' saucy messages
Unsuspecting: Ricky revealed that Gemma invited him to her hotel room over direct messages on Twitter whilst she was dating Charlie King
Last month TOWIE viewers were left blindsided when Ricky confronted Gemma about the 'badger' related messages she had been sending him knowing fully well he was seeing Jess.
Sticking to his story, the 20-year-old, told Now magazine that Gemma was the one who tried to turn their relationship into something sexual after she invited him for a drink over Twitter.
He said, 'She sent me a message asking to go for a drink after filming. I thought it was just as mates, so I told her I was as game as a badger. She took that as sexual and started saying things like: “I fancy something wild.”'
'She invited me to her hotel room in Wales that night. I knew what she meant, but I ignored it,' he admitted.
The cheeky lad also said how he had made it obvious he wasn't interested in her as he made sure not to give her his number.
Once he realised that the 30-year-old blonde was looking to build something more than a friendship, Ricky explained how he asked her to put a stop to her unruly behaviour.
'I thought it was friendly at first. But as it got more wild, I asked her to stop – it wasn’t appropriate. She then deleted all the Tweets.'
Upset at the fact Gemma had called him a 'snake' after he outed her as his mystery messenger, he told the magazine, 'Tweeting me behind her fella’s back was snakey. I wasn’t texting her when I had a girlfriend. She’s a bit of a maneater.'
'I want to be able to grab on to something': Ricky told the magazine that he prefer curvier girls
Ricky also said that the main reason he failed to egg Gemma on was because he's not attracted to her but with that said he revealed he does prefer girls with curves.
He said, 'I love a girl’s bum. If she’s skinny, it isn’t going to work out because I want to be able to grab on to something. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to go out with a whale.'
'I’m not a chubby chaser. I’m not sexually attracted to bigger girls.'
He continued, 'But I might meet a 25st bird and think she’s the best thing to ever happen to me.'
When Ricky first joined the cast of TOWIE he showed off his pulling power and seemed to attract attention from Cara Kilbey and Mark Wright's ex-girlfriend Lauren Goodger.
But now it seems that Jessica Wright has somewhat of a hold on him and viewers have been introduced to a softer side of him.
Though the young couple are yet to make things official, he has described their relationship as 'weird' and stated that their romance isn't just for the cameras.
'We’ve got a weird relationship. But it’s really started moving on a lot. Last week I took her home and we stayed outside for about an hour just chatting. It feels like we’re girlfriend and boyfriend.'
Hoping things between them take a more serious turn, he said they had recently spoken about what the future holds for their romance and they both believe things will develop further.
'The other day she told me that she can see that happening and I told her I had the same feeling. I’ve told her that things aren’t going to change, even when the cameras stop.'
Not just for the cameras: Ricky said that he hopes things between him and Jess will become official