The former X Factor contestant was quizzed by host Emma Willis during the finale as to what he meant by telling Chloe he needed some time apart once they'd left the house.
"I didn't mean it like that" protested Stevi.
"I meant like a spa break!"
But when Emma suggested that's not what he meant, he replied: "I meant to see friends, family, my gorgeous daughter who I absolutely missed in my heart."
Emma then asked Stevi if he knew when he was married there would be no time off, prompting him to laugh: "I know that! I'm absolutely, totally cool with it."
Chloe then piped up to say she thought the comments had been Stevi's defence mechanism kicking in.
The couple told Emma they had been worried about their relationship before entering the house, but had emerged strong. "We coped," said Chloe. "We honestly don't know any UK couple who have entered the Big Brother house so it was nerves, fear, and I was worried about our relationship the whole time. But as long as I came out with Stevi I knew it would be okay."
She added: "We have learned so much from being in there.
Chloe and Stevi finished in fifth place on Thursday night's finale, just ahead of Sherrie Hewson, who was sixth. All three left the house together.
CBB finale results
5th: Chloe-Jasmine and Stevi
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