Love Island’s Ekin-Su had ‘passionate fling’ with this TOWIE bad boy

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by Nathan Katnoria |

Over the years, we've come to accept that reality stars mix in the same circles and often collide, so you might not be surprised to find out that Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu reportedly enjoyed a fling with TOWIE bad boy James Lock before her time in the villa.

They are said to have met through mutual friends and had a "passionate" fling before things fizzled out.

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The source added to The Sun that the fling was before James' relationship with his Celebrity Ex on The Beach co-star and former Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson.

Ekin-Su, who splits her time between Essex and Istanbul, also has links with James' BFF Pete Wicks, Jack Grealish and Wayne Lineker.

The actress is currently coupled up with Jay Younger in Love Island following an intense showdown with Davide Sanclimenti who labelled her 'a liar and an actress' after she sneaked off with Jay to have a smooch on the terrace.

And it’s fair to say that TOWIE’s James has developed a bit of reputation as a bad boy over the years after his high-profile relationships with Danielle Armstrong and Yazmin Oukhellou were both rocked by cheating allegations. Recently he reunited with Yazmin, leading some to speculate that the couple were giving it another shot, however this doesn't seem to be the case...

In fact, James recently enjoyed a getaway with a Love Island star... or should we say stars?

Yep you heard us right James went away with not one, but two Love Island stars in the form of AJ Bunker and Theo Campbell.

He is also on holiday with Ibiza Weekender star and Georgia Steele's ex Callum Izzard (wow).

James shared videos of the celebs on his Instagram story.

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©@jameslock__'s Instagram story

AJ also shared a video of the celebs, this time gearing up to go snorkelling.

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©@andreajanebunker's Instagram story

If you're wondering why they're all together, it turns out all the celebs are away filming Celebrity MMA.

In light of this recent news we've taken a deep dive into Lockie's love life...

Who is Lockie dating?

Lockie is currently single following his split with his Ex On The Beach co-star Megan Barton-Hanson. He is definitely enjoying the bachelor lifestyle, but set tongues wagging when he was seen on a cosy night out with co-star and pal Chloe Sims.

The pair looked incredible cosy on the dance floor during a club night in London and Lockie was even seen giving Chloe a kiss on the cheek.

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Chloe and Lockie were looking VERY close on the dancefloor ©Instagram

The videos definitely caught our attention, especially as Lockie and Chloe have been friends for YEARS and he's the best friend of her ex-boyfriend Pete Wicks.

CHECK OUT: James Lock's relationship timeline

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Lockie and Danielle first began dating back in 2014 and it wasn't long before she joined him on TOWIE. Their turbulent on/off relationship provided many storylines for the ITVBe show, with James admitting he'd been unfaithful at the start of their relationship.The couple got back together when Danielle decided to give him another chance, but they split once again after a particularly nasty row in Marbella just as Lockie planned to propose.He later won her back for a second time but their romance just wasn't meant to be and she announced they'd broken up for the third and final time less than a year later. Danielle moved on from Lockie with footballer Danny Spiller but they split in 2019. Later that year, she went public with her childhood sweetheart Tom Edney and they welcomed a daughter, Orla Mae, in May 2020.

What happened with Lockie and Megan Barton-Hanson?

Love Island 2018 star Megan and Lockie met whilst filming the current series of Celebrity Ex On The Beach and continued to date when they headed back to Blighty, although they did admit that they wanted to take things slow.

Despite loads of PDAs, they sadly called it a day just before Christmas after they argued during a Christmas trip to New York.

A source told Mail Online at the time, "Megan's relationship with James hasn't worked despite her being hopeful after he surprised during the early days of them dating.

"As time has gone on, they have argued more and the holiday they shared together in New York last week didn't go at all to plan.

"James spent Thursday night partying with friends and well and truly enjoying his single status again."

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Megan and James had a twon-month fling ©Getty

Megan then proceeded to delete all traces of Lockie from her Instagram and even unfollowed him.

In a Instagram Q&A session over the festive period, Megan was asked the reasons why the pair had called it a day and answered that things just "didn’t work out between them".

She then jokingly added, "He made a stunning Richard Gere for Halloween though."

Another fan then asked Megan, who is bisexual, how she felt about having another relationship.

She responded, "I love women and find women attractive but I'm more into relationships with men right now."

The reality babe and podcast host was also asked how she felt about dating someone who wasn’t in the public eye, to which she answered, "Yesss! I've said so many times I want someone not in our industry but it's all I meet when I prioritised work and events.

"This year I'm putting work second and myself and happiness first. I want to travel loads."

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Even though James insisted that they were never ‘officially’ together and were just good pals, Megan and James gave their romance another go after he surprised Megan with a romantic trip away for her 28th birthday in March.

Taking to Instagram, Megan showed off the gifts that James had given her, including a HUGE boob-shaped cake and some Mach & Mach designer heels that come with a hefty price tag of £1,030.

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megan's birthday gifts from lockie ©Instagram / meganbartonhanson_

Megan even confirmed the rumours, sharing a saucy snap of herself touching tongues with James with the caption, "Are you two back together".

They even enjoyed a sweet day out at the Sea Life centre as they posed for an adorable couple photo.

Speaking about her surprise, Megan wrote on her story, "Oh my god, what a little cutie! You're so proud of yourself!"

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megan and lockie were official on the 'gram ©Instagram / meganbartonhanson_

Fast forward a month ago though and the pair split AGAIN, with James taking to social media to say it was for good this time.

James announced the news to his 923k Instagram followers during a Q&A session on his Instagram Story. One person cut straight to the point, asking "Are you single?" to which he responded, "Yessss!!"

Another, seemingly confused given the recent announcement him and Megan were back together, wrote, "Are you and Megan still together?" To which James replied, "No we are friends!"

It seems James has no regrets, however, as when asked what his biggest regret was he answered, "I don't regret! I learn!"

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James shares an ex with co-star Demi Sims ©Getty

However, Megan and James were yet again spotted looking cosy at a film screening in June and even reportedly headed home together. Honestly, we can't keep up with these two.

What happened with Megan Barton Hanson and Demi Sims?

Megan briefly dated TOWIE star Demi Sims back in 2019 after they met while filming Celebs Go Dating but their whirlwind romance ended bitterly when Demi claimed Megan dumped her just one day after the show ended and admitted she felt "used".

However, the pair have since made amends and Demi admitted she wouldn’t mind if Megan joined TOWIE when we caught up with her recently.

The youngest Sims sister told Closer, "I filmed a show called Eating With My Ex with Megan last December and we just cleared the air and left it there, so if she comes on the show with Lockie then good luck to them.

"I don’t know [if she will] as we’ve only got a couple of weeks left of filming."

"It’s just Essex init," Demi added when asked how she felt about her ex dating one of her pals.

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