Stephen Bear’s teen girlfriend ‘warned about 13-year age gap by concerned pals’ (Image: INSTAGRAM)
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The friends of Stephen Bear 's teenage girlfriend are reportedly concerned about their 13-year age gap.
Tia McAlister, 18, started dating the former Celebrity Big Brother winner, 31, last year, and her pals say she's hoping he'll help kickstart her career as an influencer.
Tia and Bear, who are said to be so close that they even have matching tattoos, were pictured together in a car following his revenge porn arrest at London's Heathrow Airport.
An insider has told The Sun that Tia's friends are concerned about the relationship.
They said: "Several friends have tried to warn Tia against Bear due to the huge age gap, but because he's famous she sees this as an opportunity.
Tia McAlister's friends are said to have warned her about her relationship with Bear
"She is an aspiring influencer, so she'd use this as a way of getting in the limelight."
A source yesterday told MailOnline : "They got matching star sign tattoos to signify their love while Bear also got an inking of Tia's face on his back.
"The couple went on holiday together in October but had spent some time apart after Bear went to Dubai towards the end of 2020.
"Tia met up with Bear the first opportunity she had after he was released from custody on Saturday and is standing by him amid the allegations."
Bear denies the claims against him
Bear and Tia pictured together in a car
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Bear's ex, Georgia Harrison, has thanked fans for their support after he was arrested on Friday when he arrived on a flight from Dubai on suspicion of the disclosure of sexual photographs without consent.
Love Island star Georgia accused Bear of revenge porn in December last year.
Bear strenuously denies the claims and was released on bail the following day.
Georgia told The Sun : "Thank you to everyone that has reached out over the last few days.
"I have a fantastic team around me including friends, family and colleagues who are just some of the many reasons I have be able to stay positive right now.
Bear with ex Georgia Harrison
(Image: Stephen Bear/Instagram)
"Again, thank you so much for everyone's love and support – you have no idea how much it means to me."
An Essex Police spokesperson said at the time: "A man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the disclosure of sexual photographs without consent.
"The 31-year-old man from Loughton was arrested on Friday 15 January on suspicion of disclosing private sexual photographs or films without consent with intent to cause distress, harassment, and obstructing a police officer."
The day after, a spokesperson from Essex police said: "A 31-year-old man from Loughton, who was arrested on suspicion of disclosing private sexual images or film without consent with intent to cause distress, voyeurism, harassment and obstructing a police officer, has been released on bail until 10 February."
The Mirror has contacted Bear's representatives for comment.