BBnaija Shine Ya Eye second runner up, Pere firmly stated that Maria would always be just a friend to him despite spending a total of five weeks with her on the reality show.
Pere said though Maria is a likeable person, she would always remain a friend to him.
“Maria is a very likeable person, there’s nothing not to like about Maria. She’s intelligent, she’s smart, those are some of the things I noticed about her once she stepped into the house.
“Maria would always be a friend, you know, people have disagreements every now and then and people do things that people don’t like.
“If you find out that a person does something to you and you don’t like, you express it and that person sincerely apologises, it’s courteous to do that, so yeah, we are friends, she’s a friend and would always be,” he said.
Reaffirming his resolve not to be more than friends or get intimate with Maria, Pere said: “I don’t intend to push further than being friends with her, I have a girlfriend.
“From the beginning of the show when she told me she had a boyfriend, I told her I had a girlfriend and she asked about my girlfriend’s nationality and I said she’s a Sierra Leonean.”
Pere and Maria were quite close and had viewers wishing they could be a pair.
The two were always paired together during their stay in the house and even after Maria was evicted from the show in the fifth week, Pere kept telling other housemates and Big Brother that he misses her.
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