THE Only Way is Essex star Shelby Tribble is battling to keep her romance with Pete Wicks alive during a five-week stint without contact.
In an exclusive chat with The Sun Online, Shelby revealed that being cut off from Pete while he films Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island has left her feeling “insecure and low”.
2018 Dave J Hogan Shelby Tribble has opened up about her relationship worries while Pete films Celebrity Island
The brunette beauty says she has been filled with self-doubt over whether their relationship will survive.
But she is counting down the days until they are reunited – and making plans for a romantic getaway.
Shelby said: “I was feeling really low before Pete left.
“My confidence just went and then I started to overthink things like ‘what if he comes back and doesn’t want to be with me’, ‘am I good enough?’
Rex Features The couple have been forced to go five weeks without speaking after Pete signed up for the reality show
“If I sat and dwelled on it, it wouldn’t be good for me.
“It has felt like a break up, even though it’s not one, because we can’t talk at all.
“I’m really excited for him to come back and see where it goes from there.”
Despite developing strong feelings for Shelby over the past couple of months, Pete took a break from Towie before asking her to be his girlfriend.
He is now fighting for survival on an uninhabited Pacific island with celebs including Roxanne Pallet and Martin Kemp for the Channel 4 show.
MagicmomentsUK The pair last pictured together heading home after Pete’s leaving party
When quizzed on whether Pete plans to remain faithful on Celebrity Island, Shelby said: “I know I’m going to stay loyal and I’m sure he’ll stay loyal too.
“We didn’t set any rules. What’s meant to be will be. If it doesn’t work out, it wasn’t meant to.
“I think absence makes the heart grow fonder and – although I adore him anyway – I am missing him even more with every day that goes by.
“Hopefully it’s the same in his case.”
Rex Features The pair are yet to make their relationship official but have been dating since before the series began
The couple had a tearful goodbye on Towie earlier this month
Shelby, who won Miss Great Britain in 2014, joined the cast of Towie as Pete’s new love interest earlier this year.
The pair have been inseparable ever since, with plans to head off on a romantic holiday when Celebrity Island is over.
It’s been two weeks since Shelby’s emotional on-screen goodbye to Pete and already the separation has proven just how much she has fallen for the 29-year-old.
Rex Features Shelby looked striking in a pink suit at the Towie launch party in March Pete Wicks reveals he’s taking a break from Towie during a chat with Shelby Tribble
In a sweet gesture before leaving, Pete bought Shelby a teddy bear and sprayed it with his aftershave to help her through the difficult break.
He has also entrusted Shelby to look after his precious pet dogs – and given her a key to his home.
Despite this, he has been reluctant to make their relationship official following a toxic relationship with ex-Towie co-star Megan McKenna.
Getty Images – Getty Pete, who famously had a turbulent relationship with Megan McKenna, is now going to join hardcore Bear Grylls survival show Celebrity Island
The on-off couple finally called it quits after a string of heated rows, with Megan now dating former Love Island star Mike Thalassitis.
But Shelby remains positive she will have a future with Pete when he returns from filming.
She said: “Not speaking has been so tough, but we just can’t wait to see each other when we’re back.”
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Towie’s Shelby Tribble reveals she’s worried about her relationship with Pete Wicks now he has left the show