Reality television star Stephen Bear was spotted with Tia McAlister, leading many online outlets to claim that she was Stephen’s new girlfriend.
Neither Tia nor Bear had confirmed any sort of relationship when the photographs were taken showing Tia leave Bear’s Essex home on Saturday. And, now Tia has hit out on Instagram to set the record straight.
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WHO IS TIA MCALISTER?
Stephen Bear was photographed with alleged girlfriend, Tia McAlister, hours after being released on bail following his arrest at Heathrow Airport.
The pair were photographed leaving Bear’s Essex home shortly after his arrest and visited a Marks & Spencer.
It has been pointed out that Bear should be following isolation guidelines, as he flew from Dubai after the UAE was removed from the UK’s quarantine list.
A source told MailOnline: “Bear and Tia have been seeing each other on and off for over a year now.”
News outlets reported that Tia turned 17 years-old earlier this month, making her 14 years younger than 31 year-old Stephen.
Tia recently completed a hairdressing course at Langley College and has a reasonably large social media following, with over 12,000 Instagram followers.
WHAT DID TIA SAY ABOUT BEAR ON INSTAGRAM?
On January 18th, Tia posted on her Instagram story, denying the reports that she is Stephen Bear’s girlfriend. She wrote:
“The allegations made against me by the Daily Mail and other newspaper articles are not true, they are promoting fake news.”
She went on to confirm that she is 18 years-old, not 17, and informed followers that the “newspaper firms will be dealt with accordingly.”
Tia finished by calling the articles “baseless” and told followers that they were “only written from pure heresay.”