EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Ex on the Beach troublemaker Stephen Bear
Ex on the Beach’s hilarious puppet master Stephen Bear talks stirring the explosive pot, finding love with Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and his plans for his own television show.
Do you always start arguments in real life, or was it just fun in the villa?
I get bored. I get bored very easily. So if I get bored I start an argument. Not in real life – I got things to do, but stuck in that environment I got really bored. I thought it would be funny to stir some shit.
Was there anyone in there who was hard to wind up?
Not really, because every single person in that villa took themselves way too seriously. I was just standing there winding them all up, and at one point every single person hated me. They thought I was being personal, but it’s a programme, it’s for entertainment.
It was fantastic TV.
The moment someone got with someone – I would make sure everyone knew about it. If I heard people bitching, I would wait until everyone was together and say “look, I heard so and so say this, but it’s not my problem, I’m not getting involved’ just to start it off. I just threw a grenade in and watched it explode.
What did you find most fun about the experience?
I would say… just getting a tan. Every single night too they just plough you with drinks. It’s like a free night out every single night. The whole experience was fucking wicked. If I could go back again, I would do it again.
So you’d go back on Ex on the Beach as an ex in the future?
Nah, no way. Because I’m with Vicky. I’m going to be with her forever.
Could you clear up if you and Vicky are still together, because I’ve heard loads of different things.
Yeah! I think the thing was she posted something on her Instagram when she was a bit upset. Every Tuesday [when Ex airs] me and her broke up, on Wednesday we’re sort of talking, on Thursday we’re back on. It’s madness.
How did you feel when Ali made Vicky leave the villa?
I was devastated. Maybe Ali only did that to get close to me. I don’t know, but it didn’t work.
What future do you see with Vicky?
I want to marry her. I want to be with her forever. There’s no point going out with someone if you don’t feel that way. We’ve got two more episodes of Ex, I come across in a good light, so when that finishes no-one can moan about anything, can they? It’ll be plain sailing.
Out of all the blokes in there, who do you think was your biggest rival for female attention?
No-one. Did you see the attention I caused when I was in there? Come on man, I fucking smashed it. If they wanted to get with someone in there, and everyone in the villa was in there at the same time, the girls all would have chose me. That’s not being vain or bigheaded, but I think I’ve got the full package. I’ve got more more personality in my little finger than all those blokes put together.
What can you tell us about the final episode?
It’s gonna be good. It’s worth watching. I come across in a really good light.
There’s a lot of fucking shouting, but you gotta watch it. [Although episode 9]’s the worst one I reckon, screaming wise.
What tips do you have for pulling women?
Confidence. And smell nice, if you stink – you ain’t got a chance. Just come across as nice, polite, not too arrogant, not talk about how much money you got, just be funny with it. I’ll be honest with you, you’ve got to be good looking. Career driven. Girls like that shit. Always get the girls drinks, don’t let them pay for anything, but don’t be too flash with it. Fake rolex, that could help, you can get a nice cheap £70 one – Swiss Replica. But my pulling days are over, I’m happy! Vicky tells me the bear don’t live no more, she actually calls me beaven now.
What are you doing now – what you got planned for the future?
I got a calendar coming out next month and I’ll go to a shopping centre to sign it. The Bear Calendar 2016. At the moment all I’m doing is going to nightclubs and getting paid. The attention I get is fucking overwhelming, it’s a bit surreal. It’s nice. Things don’t last forever. I’ve got the best agent, that’s why I’ve got a calendar coming out this year, he can see something in me and he wants to put me in one of the other shows next year.
Another reality show?
I’ll be honest with you, I want my own show. I wanna call it The Bear Show. And what I do is I just go out and be me with my little crew of boys, on our nights out, like a behind the scenes Bear. I think that would be class. I would watch it. I just like watching myself.
What do you like watching on TV?
I like watching me, to be honest. Apart from that, I like The Simpsons, Family Guy, I like watching Aladdin and Hercules – the cartoons. When you’re hanging, put a disney film on and chill out.
So your recommended hangover cure would be watching a Disney film?
Yeah, I fucking love Disney films! I feel like a little kid again. It makes me happy.
Last question, where did you get all of those shirts you wore in the villa?
Camden Market! I got a load of them shirts for a tenner each and a load of short shorts. I still remember the first day in the villa, I got my short shorts and my Hawaiian shirt on. And Jayden was like, “Bear, are you gonna get changed?” Bruv, I am changed. Look what happened. I pulled two birds.
The final explosive episode of Ex on the Beach airs this Tuesday on MTV at 10pm.