Jamie Laing and his fiancée Sophie Habboo have turned down offers to film their wedding for a Made In Chelsea special – 11 months after the Strictly star quit the E4 series to save their romance.
In their first joint interview, the engaged couple reveal they have decided against turning their nuptials, which will take place overseas next year, into a reality spinoff show because Jamie, 33, believes relationships have a better chance of surviving away from the cameras.
The Candy Kittens owner told MailOnline reality TV is ‘tough on the soul’ and after realising he wanted to marry former co-star Sophie, 27, he knew his departure from Made In Chelsea was inevitable.
‘I’m parking reality’: Jamie Laing and Sophie Habboo have turned down offers to film their wedding for a Made In Chelsea special after the Strictly star quit to save their romance
Jamie revealed: ‘We got asked to do a TV show but it’s tricky.
‘I have done reality for so long and it’s tough on the soul. I don’t think TV is ever on your own terms so unless you have control over those things then it’s quite difficult.
‘It’s one of those things that you must decide whether you want to go down the reality TV route again or not.
‘Once you get married, what happens then? Do we do another show about being married… when does it end? For the moment I am parking reality.’
In agreement with her husband-to-be, Sophie added: ‘It is a day for us and our family and friends.’
‘When does it end?’: The couple have decided against turning their nuptials into a spinoff show because Jamie believes relationships have a better chance of surviving away from the cameras
Jamie, who asked Sophie to marry him in December with handwritten letters at London’s luxury Rosewood hotel, vowed that he’s ‘done’ with reality TV because he wants to protect his future marriage.
He added: ‘I left Made In Chelsea because I didn’t want my relationship with Sophie on camera. There were lots of other reasons but that was the big one.
‘I’ve seen so many relationships fail on reality TV shows, and I didn’t want that to happen.
‘Relationships on TV shows are difficult because of the constant need for content. Relationships can be mundane, and you feel the need to make things interesting, so everything becomes more exaggerated and that’s tough.’
‘If I could have three dresses I would!’: Sophie, who admitted to being lost for words when Jamie proposed with an oval cut diamond ring, has found the wedding dress of her dreams
Now, the Chelsea couple, who launched their new podcast NearlyWeds this week, are busy planning their wedding, though are yet to set a date or book a venue after struggling with the Covid-19 backlog.
The big day is being expertly arranged as Jamie and Sophie are working with a wedding planner, and already have a guest list of 220, which includes Jamie’s former co-stars and childhood friends Caggie Dunlop, Hugo Taylor, and Spencer Matthews, as well as his Strictly pal Giovanni Pernice.
Sophie explained: ‘The wedding is going to be next year, hopefully in April/May. It’s really stressful planning everything.
‘As yet we haven’t found a venue but I want it to be abroad. We have looked at Seville because my dad lives in Spain and I’ve been there a lot but it wasn’t quite right.
‘It could be Majorca, Ibiza, we were thinking Cape Town but we decided against it.’
Jamie added: ‘We have a guest list and it’s a huge 220 people, which for an overseas wedding is big. Spencer, Hugo, Proudlock, Mytton, are all coming, we all grew up together, Millie, Caggie, it’s an old school reunion.
‘We’re planning on getting married together in a registry office in Chelsea and then have the wedding and do our vows.’
Joint venture: Jamie and Sophie launched their new podcast NearlyWeds this week, which will see them document their wedding process, and interview professionals from the industry
On the road: Jamie, who was seen riding his red Vespa on Tuesday, told MailOnline his close pal Spencer Matthews will be the master of ceremony at his wedding next year
Here we go: The former Strictly finalist is planning ‘one last hoorah’ for his stag do that he sees being in Nashville, which has recently been dubbed the ‘new’ Las Vegas
Sophie, who admitted to being lost for words when Jamie proposed with an oval cut diamond ring, has already found the wedding dress of her dreams, though was keen to keep the gown’s design under wraps.
She said: ‘I have found the dress. I am currently getting sketches back for my evening dress too. If I could have three dresses I would!
‘I tried on a big Cinderella gown, and I loved it and my bridesmaids loved them all on me, but my dress isn’t like that… My bridesmaids are my best friends Chrissy, and Bella, Melissa [Tattam], who’s on Made In Chelsea, and my sister, Georgia.’
Jamie added: ‘Spencer [Matthews] is going to be master of ceremony and I’m having three best men. I think I’m going to do Nashville for my stag. Nashville is the new Vegas.
‘It will be one last hoorah, everything goes, but I don’t want to wear T-shirts saying ‘lads’ on tour.’ I’ll be tired after day one. I bet Sophie will have male strippers…’
‘She’s better than me in every way’: Jamie admitted to fearing he would be a bachelor forever following multiple failed romances but says his world change when him and Sophie became more than friends
After finding fame on Made In Chelsea 11 years ago, Jamie also became known for his dating escapades, enjoying romances with his fellow co-stars Louise Thompson, Frankie Gaff, and Lucy Watson.
He admits fearing that he would remain a bachelor forever after multiple failed relationships and idolising the likes of Playboy owner Hugh Hefner but says meeting fiancée Sophie changed his world.
Jamie said: ‘I always thought that Peter Pan was the coolest bloke in the world, and I have him tattooed on my arm. My heroes used to be Peter Pan, Willy Wonka, and Hugh Hefner…
‘I have realised what’s important and that responsibility is key, love is amazing, and for many years I went in and out of different relationships and I started to believe there wasn’t anyone out there for me. But then I met Sophie – and she’s way better than me in every way.’
While the couple won’t be filming their big day for a TV show, they are documenting their journey on podcast NearlyWeds, which launched this week.
Magical: The couple’s big day is day is being expertly arranged by a wedding planner and their overseas ceremony will be attended by a host of Made In Chelsea stars (pictured in 2020)
NearlyWeds will see Jamie and Sophie discuss their wedding process and interview professionals from the industry, as well as sharing a no holds barred approach to their relationship.
Sophie admitted: ‘We argue a lot on it. When we did the promo shoot, we were in the mist of the biggest argument ever.
‘We did six shots and I hated them all. We didn’t speak the entire time at the shoot and the photographer must have thought we were awful. In the artwork we hated each other.
Jamie joked: ‘Sophie said to me ‘let’s not even get married.’ She even threw the ring!’
- Jamie and Sophie’s NearlyWeds podcast is available now on Apple and Spotify and new episodes are released every Monday