Apprentices are supposed to be all about business – but sometimes it’s like Love Island.
Despite the ban on sex and Lord Sugar reported that the candidates got to know each other behind the scenes during filming, there have been a number of secret love affairs over the years.
Contestants have broken up with their partners to pursue love, have been secretly away from the camera, and one couple even had children together.
However, the most surprising relationship happened between Kate Walsh and Philip Taylor in the fifth series in 2009.
Licensing Development Manager Kate is the highly motivated and ambitious golden girl who smashes every task she faces.
While real estate agent Philip received the unwanted nickname ‘Shorts Man’ after designing the weird superhero character to put on a cereal box – and even wear weird costumes .
The pair embark on a tense romance amid duties set by Lord Sugar – but then Kate abruptly turns her lover down in the boardroom.
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Kate and Philip are seen close and private in the first few episodes of the series
A source on the show said: “Kate has flirted with a number of guys from day one and Phillip has made it clear he’s interested. He made a move and the pair got along after that.”
Their relationship came to light when Kate and Philip were caught flirting, joking and even enjoying a cuddle scene in a car during one episode.
They even decided to go to the pub together while on a mission, to the dismay of their project manager Lorraine Tighe.
An angry Lorraine then revealed to the cameras: “I want to know what is causing all the distraction. And I hope for the sake of Kate, Phil and Ben, that’s not the beauty of Kate.”
A source added: “Kate and Philip are combining business with pleasure – and it’s not having a positive impact on their sales. Their relationship is an important part of this week’s show. ”
Their relationship looked set to fall apart when Kate violently assaulted Philip in the boardroom during week seven, leading to his dismissal.
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When they were faced with claims that their proximity affected their abilities, Kate was shocked to reply: “It’s a cheap tactic and it’s completely untrue.
“I would never compromise my business for personal reasons. I have no loyalty here, Philip or otherwise.
“I don’t think it’s Philip’s strongest quest. All I know is that I’m here to win.”
While Philip is assigned, Kate is determined to make it to the final but fails in her attempt to be hired by Lord Sugar.
After filming was over their romance went up in smoke because they lived so far apart – with Kate living in London and Phil just outside of Durham.
But after two months apart, they mended their relationship and even went to see each other’s parents.
Phil told a friend: “I definitely had a crush on Kate – she was the most amazing girl. Not only is she gorgeous, but she’s sharp and has a good sense of humour. ”
The couple are said to be “unlimitedly happy” as they move in together and even have the wedding bells ringing.
“I entered the Apprenticeship to apply for a job. I didn’t get that job but I got Kate Walsh. I know that she is one of them,” he told Grazia magazine in 2009.
“I went out with a lot of girls but no one ever liked her. I will marry her tomorrow if possible”.
Kate doesn’t seem to want things to happen too quickly but she admits that she has never felt serious with any of her other boyfriends.
“Obviously the relationship was pretty quick and neither of us wanted to sound silly or hasty,” she said.
“We’re both adults and I don’t need a ring on my finger to know how Phil feels. What I mean is that I never, ever wanted to get married but now is definitely something I would consider. “
Sadly, in 2010, it was reported that their relationship ended after the controversies surrounding her television career.
Kate tried her hand at TV programming on Channel Five’s Live From Studio Five, where she replaced Denise Van Outen, a job that took up a lot of her time.
Friends say that Phil ended up making time for their relationship because Kate wanted to focus on her career while he wanted to get married and have kids.
At the time, a source said: “Phil feels Kate is not the girl he loves. He wants to get married and have children, but she has made it clear that children are not part of the family. Since she got her TV job, her career has put a strain on the relationship.
“Phil feels Kate is too focused on her career and they don’t have as much fun as before.
They added: “Kate is bitter because she feels that Phil has held her back.
“Phil really thinks they’re meant for each other but he just can’t take it anymore. I don’t think anyone else is involved – he’s just fed up and wants out.”
However, in a dramatic turn, Kate later hit back at the speculation by saying they were still very much together.
Closer magazine told Closer magazine in 2010: “We haven’t broken up and are still very much in love. Every couple has their ups and downs, and we used to be noisy.”
“But despite the rumors, it’s definitely not that Phil wants to get married and have kids – he wants that less than I do!”
The pair were still together in 2012 when Philip talked about how strong their relationship had been for three months, but unfortunately they broke up.
After The Apprentice ended, Philip hit gold with Body-Rocka, a fitness product he developed amazingly on a mission.
He turned his product into a business and started selling portable boards, which can tone vital organs and improve balance, to stores like Argos.
Elsewhere, Kate hosted a fashion segment on GMTV for several episodes prior to showing Live From Studio Five on Channel 5 from September 2009 until its cancellation in February 2011.
However, she later returned to the business world and continued to work as an executive assistant for Pandora.
She started a jewelry business and became the UK general manager, then last year she was promoted to senior vice president of omnichannel retail.
Kate moved to Pandora’s global headquarters in Copenhagen for a new role, where she worked to create world-class personalized customer experiences and develop a new store concept.
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