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Jamie Laing isn't proud of how he behaved on Made in Chelsea.
During his run on the reality show between 2011 and 2020, Jamie became well-known for his bad behaviour, including partying, dating, and dumping a string of girls and struggling to remain faithful to girlfriends.
Reflecting on his behaviour at the show's peak, Jamie told The Sun, "I was such a plonker in my younger years. If I saw myself back then, I'd say, 'That guy's an absolute w**ker.’
"So I understand it. Made In Chelsea fans liked me, I think - but when I did Strictly Come Dancing with a much bigger audience, I realised that being white, privileged, and posh was not very sexy."
He explained that he became a heightened version of himself and exaggerated his philandering tendencies to become one of the show's biggest personalities.
"Viewers want to know who you're kissing, they want the arguments and the scandals. So, to get to the top of the food chain, you have to be that person, and you have to break up and kiss others, and create scandals, fight, and argue," he shared. "It's not that you consciously go, 'I'm going to break up with this girl.’ It's just that you become a heightened version of yourself to get more airtime and more likes on Instagram. And the version of myself that I became over 10 years on TV is not a version I admire."
Jamie admitted that a particular "low" came when he cheated on girlfriend Tara Keeney while filming the show and left her to find out when the episode aired two months later.
The 32-year-old, who has been dating Sophie Habboo since 2019, believes his stint on Strictly last year helped turn around his image as "suddenly people didn't just see me as that posh idiot from Made In Chelsea”.
He added, "I'm so grateful as it has led to so much more and I feel balanced for the first time in my life."