A huge TOWIE star is reportedly taking a break from the reality show and won’t appear in the next series.
James Lock is leaving The Only Way Is Essex for a while to film another show but will return according to reports – after 10 years as one of the main stars.
The TV personality, 36, joined the show in 2013 and has been involved in some major storylines over the years.
A show insider told The Sun: ‘He was due a break as one of the OGs. He is still very much part of the TOWIE family.
‘He’s off filming Ex On The Beach so he didn’t film the current series – but he will be back when filming restarts.’
Missed: A huge TOWIE star is reportedly taking a break from the reality show and won’t appear in the next series
Break: James Lock is leaving The Only Way Is Essex for a while to film another show according to reports – after 10 years as one of the main stars – and will return
Representatives for James have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
James joined the show in 2013 and is best known for his tumultuous relationships with exes Danielle Armstrong and Yazmin Oukhellou.
The Sun reports that he will be starring on Ex On The Beach for the second time along with his fiery ex Yazmin.
An insider told them: ‘James always makes great TV so bosses were thrilled when he agreed to come back for another round.
‘He has quite the romantic history so there are plenty of exes that they can bring in to create fireworks, and it will certainly be interesting to see how he and Yaz get on.’
It comes after last year James said his ‘lothario’ days are over, and he’s no longer interested in ‘jumping from girl to girl’, favouring a relationship with ‘substance.’
The star admitted that he couldn’t resist enjoying the attention he received from his predominantly female fan based when he joined TOWIE in 2013.
In an exclusive interview, James, who’s dated Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson and co-star Yazmin, insisted that he’s ‘matured’, and he’ll no longer be ‘sidetracked by chasing skirt.’
Legend: The TV personality, 36, joined the show in 2013 and has been involved in some major storylines over the years
Change: The Sun reports that he will be starring on Ex On The Beach for the second time along with his fiery ex Yazmin Oukhellou (seen together in 2018)
James told MailOnline: ‘When I first came on the show, I was a young man, single, and enjoying it.
‘I’m not being funny, but I was on a massive TV show, which is very popular and still is to this day and I was a main character on it, I go out, and most of my following are female. When you go out and you get that attention and you’ve got that power…
‘Now I’m not trying to be this lothario jumping from girl to girl I’m looking for something a bit more.
‘As I’ve got a bit older and I’m a bit more mature I can’t be bothered texting loads of girls. It’s not about the effort but it’s more about the fact that I’ve grown up.
‘Whoever I meet now I want a bit more substance to that person.’
James split from 2018 Love Island contestant Megan for the second time in March after the pair met filming MTV show Ex on the Beach.
Speaking about their relationship, James said: ‘Yeah, listen everything is cool with Megan. Everything happens for a reason and there’s no animosity on my part. It is what it is.
Over: James split from 2018 Love Island contestant Megan for the second time in March after the pair met filming MTV show Ex on the Beach
‘Having my breakups play out publicly doesn’t faze me. It’s a part of life, you meet people, it doesn’t always work out and you split up.’
James’s tempestuous romance with ex-girlfriend Yazmin has been well documented over the years, with the pair regularly falling out on and off screen, eventually splitting for good in 2021.
Last year, Yazmin, 29, suffered the devastating loss of her boyfriend Jake McLean, who tragically died in a car accident aged 33.
Yazmin was a passenger in Jake’s car when it plunged off a cliff in Turkey and has since revealed that doctors told her she was ‘lucky to be alive’ after walking away from the crash with injuries to her arm.