Lauren Pope is turning her back on TOWIE after 14 series to spend time with her millionaire boyfriend, Tony Keterman
Lauren and financial specialist Tony first went public back in January, and have since fallen head over heels in love.
"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."
Tony has made his fortune as the Chief Executive of currency trading business Hamilton Court FX, based in the City of London.
But it seems like everyone is ending on good terms, with ITV bosses giving Lauren their blessings and wishing her all the best with her future ventures.
“She’s always travelling and her business is hugely successful, so she doesn’t have enough time to appear on Towie full time,” says a source.
“It doesn’t mean she won’t pop back occasionally – with Chloe dating her ex Dan now, I’m sure she’d have some advice for Chloe!"
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Following the biggest shake up in TOWIE history where 10 regular cast members were axed and 8 newbies were brought in, there’s been yet more commotion as ‘axed’ cast members James Lock and Yazmin Oukhellou made their surprise return earlier this week.
So for fans who thought that they JUST COULDN’T TAKE ANYMORE TOWIE bombshells, the news that one of the legit OG stars is jumping ship will be hard to swallow (although potentially not entirely unexpected).
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Lauren didn’t fly to Thailand to film with the rest of the cast and hasn’t appeared at all on the current series (24) having reportedly taken a step back to focus on her new relationship and business venture.
“After an amazing nine years on The Only Way Is Essex I have decided that now is the natural time for me to leave,” Lauren told The Sun.
“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.”