Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead and Alex Mytton's five-month relationship looked to be entering a rough patch as the last season of Made In Chelsea drew to a close. But in their first ever joint photoshoot and interview, only in HELLO!, the lovebirds reveal they're stronger than ever – despite Alex's trouble-making ex Phoebe-Lettice Thompson trying to cause drama between them.
"We're not on good terms (with Phoebe)," reveals DJ and producer Alex, while Binky adds: "She's nothing like me. We have nothing in common. She's not really in my life so I don’t let it bother me. But if she starts trying to get involved then I'll have something to say. I do get jealous – especially after a drink – but she was trying to get Alex and I to argue."
The star, whose Christmas present from Alex was a surprise trip to Goa, India, was initially dubious about having a relationship featured on the show.
But, she explains: "You can't help who you like. You can't really ignore your feelings for someone just because it's a show, or not do anything about it… even though it can be a bit cringe kissing on-screen!"
Inviting HELLO! into Binky’s mum Jane’s 17th century Pond Cottage in East Sussex, the couple snuggle up by the fire as they spill the beans on their romance – Binky's first on-screen relationship since the hit reality show started six series ago.
"This time last year, I didn’t know Alex. When he first started I thought he was a bit annoying," laughs Binky. "But Made in Chelsea makes you bond very quickly with people and while some couples get irritated when they see each other all the time, it's actually really lovely. It's just been progressing really nicely."
For the full interview pick up a copy of HELLO! issue 1310, on sale now.