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Olivia Bentley on why MIC is important: ‘People think we’re a bunch of rich kids that don’t do anything’

Olivia Bentley is one of Made In Chelsea ’s most outspoken cast members.

Since joining the show in 2016, she has had her fair share of drama with her two biggest relationships having been played out on the reality show.

And following her split from Tristan Phipps in June, Olivia tells us she’s been forced to turn off her social media when the episodes air on TV, so she can’t see what fans are saying.

When we catch up, Olivia, 26, also reveals how she broke down in tears after hearing that her best friend Ollie Locke-Locke ’s surrogate didn’t fall pregnant earlier in the year.

Here, the star – who has spoken openly about her battle with alopecia – tells us how she deals with the pressure from the show when the cameras stop…

Hey, Liv. You joined Made In Chelsea in 2016 – how have you changed since then?

Physically I’ve aged about 20 years – but I’m a lot more confident now. I was very young and shy when I first joined MIC. I think I have grown up a lot on the show. I still enjoy doing it and I’ve promised myself that when I feel that I’m no longer enjoying it, that’s when I will stop.

How hard was it filming this series after lockdown?

It felt great actually. I was so pleased to get back into London life after the last season where we were all in one house together. It felt like coming home. The first lockdown feels like it was such a long time ago. I spent that period with my whole family, and it was lovely.

Have you always been so outspoken?

I think I have, actually. It comes from being in a big family and having to be quick to get a word in when I was younger. I’m always the first to call people out if they are talking rubbish. I like to think I’m being true to myself, particularly on Made In Chelsea, because it’s very easy to start believing what other people are telling you. But I never worry about the way I come across on the show.

How did you cope with the sudden fame in the early days?

I found it hard to be honest because I would always question why people wanted a photo. It wasn’t as if I was known for having any great talent. Today, when I get approached, people tend to want to talk to me about my struggle with alopecia, and in a way that makes me very happy.

What’s the best thing about being on Made In Chelsea?

Even though some people have this perception we are a bunch of rich kids that don’t do anything with our lives, the show is very good at touching on topics, such as when Gareth (Locke-Locke)’s mum suffered from Alzheimer’s – these are real problems that a lot of people go through. I think that is amazing. I believe there is this healthy balance between what is seen as a glamorous lifestyle together with the ability to tap into real issues that people can relate to.

You’ve been supporting Ollie and Gareth Locke-Locke since the news their surrogate was unsuccessful getting pregnant earlier this year. It must have been a tough time…

I cried when I watched that first episode back. For me, it was very difficult because I think everyone assumed that the pregnancy would work – but it doesn’t always work like that. I see them both every day and all they talk about is having a baby – it all came as a big shock to them. It was so hard to know what to say to them. Ollie was the first person I ever spoke to when I joined MIC and we have always stayed close – so I found his recent situation really hard to deal with. They are trying to remain hopeful, and I do think it will happen for them. I do believe they will be parents very soon.

You and Tristan Phipps broke up in summer – was that difficult for you?

I’ve found it really difficult. Two of my biggest relationships have been played out on this show over the years and it doesn’t get any easier. My relationships are up for judgement by both cast members and the viewers. It’s made harder because you know you are still going to have to be around that person. What I do now is turn my phone off every Monday night when the show goes out. I find that helps me.

Do you prefer being in a relationship or being single?

I’m not really a relationship person. Between Digby [Edgley] and Tristan, I was single for 18 months and I believe I’m a better person when I’m single. I had only known Tristan about a month before we were thrown together in a house during the last series, and I struggled with that. I had never lived with anyone before that.

What plans do you have for Christmas this year?

I will probably go to my parents’ home again – I’m such a home person and I feel happier with all my family around me. I’m not a Christmas party girl so I will avoid the London party scene this year. I need some rest over Christmas.

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