Joshua Ritchie has slammed rumours he was unfaithful to Charlotte Crosby after their on/off relationship crashed and burned.
The reality star, who has signed up to the new series of Celebs Go Dating to find love, insisted he never cheated on Geordie Shore’s Charlotte – and shifted the blame squarely onto her shoulders.
He said it was solely her jealousy – not his behaviour – that brought their romance to a swift end.
“Josh never cheated on Charlotte,” a pal told the Sun .
“Not even once. Like loads of celebs, girls would take pictures with him when he’s out and about and Charlotte used to go mental at him.
“What’s wrong with taking pictures with fans? Josh is single now, he doesn’t need to lie about anything.”
It came after Charlotte hinted she had “so much evidence” her ex had played away, telling Instagram fans on Friday there weren’t two sides to a story.
“I’ve got messages, I’ve got everything, I’ve got girls messaging us, I’ve got all the nights out…” she fumed.
“I’ve got so much evidence that I stood by that boy through all of this s**t.
“So if we want to go down the two sides of every story route, I don’t make him look any worse because I kept all that very f**king secretive for a reason, because I cared about that boy and I still wanted to be with him.”
In the wake of their painful split in November, Charlotte has jetted out to Dubai with her Geordie Shore co-stars Chloe Ferry and Sophie Kasaei to heal herself.
She’s had to move out of their shared £450,000 home in Bolton and back in with her mum – while Joshua has made no secret of the fact he’s ready to move on already by signing up to the E4 dating show.
In a new teaser on the Celebs Go Dating Twitter , he said: “This time I’m at the agency and I’m single.
“I split up with my ex-girlfriend. It got a bit too much, it started to get toxic so I took myself out of that bad energy.
“So now I’m ready to get back onto the map and get dating.”
Referencing his ex, he went on: “I was here last time with Charlotte, the agents gave us great advice. But me and Charlotte couldn’t put it together and unfortunately we split.”
He then said he had loads to offer, before grabbing his manhood on camera.