James Lock responds to talk of TOWIE exit

Lockie recently took a break from TOWIE to film a movie

James Lock

by Geraint Llewellyn |

When you think of banter, perfectly white teeth and one of Pete Wicks' bromance (sorry Sam Thompson)... you think of James (Lockie) Lock.

The TOWIE star, and his tumultuous love life, have been livening up our screens since he first joined the show way back in 2013. However he's now spoken out about his future on the TV show that made him famous.

James Lock
Could Lockie be the next Bond? ©Getty

On the show last month TOWIE viewers saw James meet with his agent and announce the news that he's starring in a movie. He told his best mate Pete, “I’ve actually just got a part in a massive film, a feature film.”

After announcing he would be taking a break from the show to concentrate on his stint in the movie, viewers were left not knowing when he'd return.

However a few weeks later he returned to the show and he's now reassured his followers that despite his big plans, he had no intention of leaving the ITVBe programme.

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Jake's time on TOWIE was mainly characterised by his on / off relationship with Chloe Lewis and his alleged cheating on her. He finally (sort of) confessed that he'd done the dirty with Megan McKenna in a very emosh scene on a park bench. Ah, precious memories.

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James answers fans questions ©James Lock

During an Instagram Q&A, one fan asked, “How’s it going bro and you staying on TOWIE? Your banter is what’s needed”.

And James replied, “As long as TOWIE is here, I’ll be here as well”.

He then went on to call himself the Phil Mitchell of TOWIE, meaning he’s planning a long stint on the show.

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While answering other questions he also reassured fans that he and Pete are just as close off screen as they are on TV.

And after one cheeky follower said, “Get Pete to cut his hair”, Lockie responded, “If Pete cuts his hair, he loses his power 😂”.

James Lock, Pete Wicks
James and Pete filming TOWIE ©Getty

James will be staring as Carlton Gunn in a new film called “The Cut” and while not a lot is known, according IMDB, the plot reads, “Tommy, a renowned property developer with a very colourful past, is set to make one final deal before he can retire into the sunset with the love of his life, his wife Amber. Only the deal doesn't go according to plan.

“Tommy suddenly finds himself in a situation that requires one more look to his past. But can he survive the consequences and move on? Or will the past haunt him forever?”

Speaking exclusively to Closer Online, the film’s producer said, “James was awesome too, eager to learn, worked really hard and was very clear when he felt he needed to retake a shot which I was really impressed with his own honesty and self awareness."

“Lovely guy, made for movies.”

James Lock, Yazmin Oukhellou
James and Yazmin before their break up ©getty

If James' plan is to become the Phil Mitchell of TOWIE then he is going about it the right way, with his love life like a soap - worthy of its own spin-off.

Following his summer fling with Chloe Brockett, James found himself confronted by his ex-girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou who returned to the show all the way from Dubai. Yaz was less than happy with James' actions because she had been friends with Chloe before.

Chloe later revealed to Closer magazine that Yaz had blocked her on social media.

“It was a brief fling at the start of summer and we [Chloe and James] remain friends,” she explained.

“I’m young, I’m single, I can do what I want. Me and Yaz did have a friendship [but] we were never best friends, and she and Lockie had completely broken up. I was under the illusion she was in a relationship in Dubai – so I didn’t think it would be an issue.

“I haven’t spoken to Yaz for a year. She’s blocked me so I don’t really know what she’d say or if she’d be angry.”

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