Former TOWIE star Lauren Pope has confirmed she’s split from her boyfriend of five years and the father of her two children, Tony Keterman.
Lauren stepped away from the ITVBe show in 2019 after nine years to settle down with millionaire Tony and focus on her hair extensions business.
But fast forward four years and the pair have split just over a year after she gave birth to their second daughter, Leni Star.
Lauren announced the news on Instagram as she opened up about being a single parent, telling her followers that parenting solo could be "difficult and complicated".
Lauren wrote, "A slightly different post... A lot has been going on in the background as I have been adjusting to life as a single mum of two.
"I’m on this journey with as much positivity as humanly possible especially with everything going on in the world right now. I know that so many of you will be in the same situation and I hope that together we can navigate through this. You are not alone, I’m here living it with you."
The reality star and DJ added, "I know first hand now how complicated and difficult life can become as a single parent, so with that in mind here are some of my time saving hacks that have made my life that little bit easier these past few months! If you have any other tips I would love to hear them…"
Lauren and Tony went public with their relationship in 2019 and welcomed their first child, Raine, in 2020. Another daughter, Leni Star, was born in June 2022.
Although Lauren rose to fame on TOWIE, she's kept most of her family life out of the public eye since settling down with Tony and becoming a mum.
Not much is known about Tony, other than he made his fortune as a foreign exchange investor, and he rarely featured on Lauren's Instagram when they were together. However, here’s what we do know about him...
Who is Lauren Pope’s ex-boyfriend Tony Keterman?
Like Lauren, who is the owner of Hair Rehab London, Tony is a businessman, and has reportedly earned millions as chief cxecutive of currency trading business Hamilton Court FX, based in the City of London.
How did Lauren Pope and Tony Keterman meet?
According to sources, Lauren and Tony first met when Tony slid into the ol’ DMs in the autumn of 2018, while we were still seeing Lauren’s romance with TOWIE co-star Sam Mucklow play out on screen.
Fast forward to January 2019 and when Lauren was asked during a Q&A with fans whether or not she was single, she responded by posting a loved up snap of her snogging the face off a mystery bloke in Thailand and wrote, “nope”.
She added, “Me and Sam decided pretty much straight away that we were much better off just as mates!”
A source told The Sun at the time, “Lauren and Tony met a couple of months ago after he approached her on social media and asked her out," a source said at the time.
“He's a millionaire, and not interested in being famous. He's really into Lauren and this relationship feels different to previous relationships for her as he's in his thirties and isn't into drama.”
Do Lauren Pope and Tony Keterman have children?
Lauren and Tony have two daughters together, Raine, three, and Leni Star, one. It appears that Tony also has three other daughters from a previous relationship as he calls himself a "girl dad x5" in his Instagram bio.
When did Lauren Pope leave TOWIE?
Just four short months after going official with her then-mystery man, Lauren announced she was moving on from TOWIE, saying, “After an amazing nine years on The Only Way Is Essex I have decided that now is the natural time for me to leave,” she told the same publlication.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities that the show has brought my way and have loved being part of the cast.
“On top of that, Lime [Pictures, who make the show] have become an extended family to me and I’ll be forever grateful for their guidance and support over the years. Nonetheless, I feel now is the time for me to move on so I can focus my attention wholeheartedly on my business ventures and personal relationship.”