Appearing on Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side, singer Jake defended his old X Factor friend when talk turned to Stevi's frequent wearing of a green mankini in the CBB house.
Jake said: "Stevi is a lovely, lovely guy. He is a brilliant guy. He doesn't cause any harm or do anything wrong. He walked around the house in a mankini every day with no cameras, he wasn't bothered, he did it to make people laugh.
"He hates confrontation, arguments, he hates it all. He's a nice guy. If it makes him happy to wear a mankini, f**k it!"
But while Jake was all for Stevi wearing his mankini, there were a fair few CBB viewers who couldn't resist taking to Twitter to share a somewhat different view!
The very last thing I wanted to see was Stevi Richie in a mankini, my stomach's turned #CBB— Fifi Trixibelle (@Efaa_Chipmunk) September 15, 2015
@bbuk I wish someone would burn Stevi's mankini it's disgusting it's even worse then Jack's dressing gown from the previous series of BB.— John Evans (@RKO_JPL7) September 15, 2015
The image of Stevi Ritchie in a mankini is permanently stained on my retina. Should NOT be allowed #CBB— Laura Richards (@LauraRichards1) September 15, 2015
Can Stevi put away that mankini PLEASE! #CBBUK— Linda Marie (@linny_pinnyx) September 15, 2015