In recent weeks, viewers have watched Ricci openly declare his feelings for Lauren and have seen the pair flirt on numerous occasions, however, his hopes of a romance was dashed last night when former TOWIE star Lauren told him how she really feels.
In scenes to be aired during tonight's main highlights show (9 September), Lauren tells Ricci that they'll "never be anything more than friends" during a chat in the garden.
Minutes later, looking a little annoyed, former Geordie Shore star Ricci relays his conversation with Lauren back to Edele Lynch and George Gilbey in the bedroom.
"I wish people would speak the truth from day one instead of wasting people's time," he says. "She's [Lauren's] like, 'We're not going to be anymore than friends after this'. That's sound, why did you not say that from day one instead of wasting my time?"
Ricci continues: "I'm absolutely sound. Apparently I haven't stood up for her though in the past."
(Watch Ricci's reaction in the video below):
An awkward silence falls when Lauren enters the bedroom and Ricci soon walks back out. Lauren then jumps into bed with Edele and George, where she says: "It's not even funny, sometimes I feel things and I have to talk about it, and I feel out of order for saying it, but I have to say what I feel."
Moving back into the garden, Lauren tells Edele that she is still in love with her ex-boyfriend. She says: "I thought I was over it but I'm not."
Ricci also tells James: "I feel like I've been used." James replies: 'You can do a lot better.'
Lauren turning down Ricci was talk of the breakfast table this morning too. While George says Ricci thinks Lauren has "led him on", Edele claims Lauren's emotions concerning Ricci were "mixed up".
Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight (Tuesday 9 September) at 10pm on Channel 5.
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