But Courtney Green couldn’t care less what her ex and his new girlfriend think of her, insisting she has well and truly moved on with her new boyfriend and is back to her old bubbly self without Myles and Kady lurking on set.
Joined by Chloe Meadows, Clelia Theodorou, Liam Gatsby and Shelby Tribble, the cast also discussed the ‘refreshing’ change the major TOWIE cull has brought about due to the likes of Amber Turner and Yazmin Oukhellou leaving the show.
Myles who? TOWIE’s Courtney Green couldn’t care less what her ex and his new girlfriend Kady McDermott think of her, insisting she feels liberated without them on the show
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of the new series’ debut on Sunday night, the petite brunette said she felt liberated, explaining: ‘It’s completely different. I feel like I can be myself.
‘I don’t have to constantly think about him, which was horrible. It’s so nice for me to be in a series where I’m not going to have drama with an ex-boyfriend.
‘I completely lost myself when I was with him, I feel like people can see me for me, I’ve got my personality back.’
The down-to-earth star dismissed Kady calling her ‘bitter’, insisting it’s just a throwaway jibe.
‘Anything I say, they’ll say I’m “bitter”, she scoffed. ‘I’m not, this is a boy who cheated on me multiple times and humiliated me on national television. I have every right to say what I want to say.’
Gone: The down-to-earth star dismissed Kady (pictured with Myles) calling her ‘bitter’, insisting it’s just a throwaway jibe and she has a right to an opinion
Viewers will remember Myles emotionally manipulating Courtney and yelling abuse at her in the street in one particularly shocking scene.
The incident in question saw the businessman brand her a ‘dirty little s**g’ and a ‘dirty dog’ in a shocking street fight, which sparked an important debate about the normalisation of domestic abuse.
‘Good riddance’, her ever-loyal BFF Chloe Meadows chimed in, as they revealed they’re focusing on the future.
‘It’s so nice to put that behind me, I’m so done with it. It was abnormal to have to work with an ex-boyfriend’, Courtney added.
The girls are adamant fans won’t be seeing their new boyfriends on the show, with Clelia and Chloe M also determined to keep their relationships away from the drama.
‘Good riddance’: Viewers will remember Myles emotionally manipulating Courtney and in one shocking scene calling her a ‘dirty little s**g’ and a ‘dirty dog’ in a shocking street fight
‘I’m totally, utterly in love with someone else’: Courtney has a new boyfriend of five months, Callum (pictured), but insists he won’t ever appear on the show with her
Courtney revealed that even though new man Callum, who she has been with for five months, could be The One, she is determined to do things differently this time.
‘I’ve moved on. I’m totally, utterly in love with someone else!’, she said.
‘When was in Thailand, I actually wished my boyfriend was on the show because It would have been so nice, but then I think of all the drama that comes with it, it’s not worth it.’
Clelia reasoned: ‘I’ve never had a relationship on the show, when I see these girls it scares me so much. I have the best relationship off the show, I couldn’t fault him, so I wouldn’t want anything to jeopardise that.’
Chloe said: ‘It’s really nice to have a boyfriend off the show so you can go home and rant to them if filming’s been hard, it’s nice to have someone who’s completely separate.
Staying out of the limelight: Chloe said, it’s nice to have someone who’s completely separate
‘I feel like I needed to stay with my ex because of the show, it’s not a nice headspace to be in.’
Shelby – who is forced to film with former flames Pete Wicks and Sam Mucklow – agreed: ‘You have to put your whole life onto it, through bad times and good. That’s hard, it takes a lot. It’s horrible.’
As for Gatsby, there might also be romance on the horizon. The lovable star is looking for a woman to impress with a ‘helicopter ride on the first date’, and has set his sights on an older lady.
He teased: ‘I haven’t met the new girls yet. They are pretty fit, but they are quite young. Apparently there is quite a fit older lady coming on… she is a bit of a MILF.’
There are rumours Dan Edgar has taken a shine to new girl Chloe Ross, and Gatsby coyly confirmed they had ‘got on well’.
Sizzling: Clelia looked sensational during the cast trip to Thailand, where the latest season has been filmed
No drama! The girls are determined to stay away from the drama
Here come the boys! Liam Gatsby Blackwell, Tommy Mallet, Dan Edgar, Sam Mucklow and James Diags Bennewith (left-right) will all hit screens for the Thailand special
Kady and Myles leaving the show was part of a mass cull, with a host of series regulars departing and new blood being introduced, including veteran TOWIE star Chloe Sims’ younger sister Demi.
Some faces will be missed more than other, however, and everyone was in agreement that Amber Turner taking some time out was a shame but necessary.
Amber’s on/off romance with Dan Edgar been a focal point of TOWIE for the last few series, but she was reportedly told she wasn’t coming back for the new series – despite producers being ‘extremely sympathetic’ to her romantic woes.
Clelia clashed with the glamorous blonde when she first came onto the Essex scene, but insisted they had patched things up.
She said: ‘I was kind of gutted when Amber didn’t come back because we have actually sorted things out.
Hitting out: ‘Me and Amber are a lot more similar than what I thought, there was obviously a reason why we clashed so much, Dan’s obviously got a type personality wise’
‘Me and Amber are a lot more similar than what I thought, there was obviously a reason why we clashed so much, Dan’s obviously got a type personality wise.
‘I do like Amber, I feel for her. She’s going through a lot with him. She deserves better’.
Courtney agreed: ‘She needs to focus on what she wants because I think she was so lost in her relationship with Dan, she just loved him so much.
‘Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and concentrate on yourself.’
It seems that fiery-tempered couple Yaz and Lockie leaving is less of a loss, however, following bust-ups with the girls and each other (many, many times).
Chloe diplomatically said: ‘I think they needed time away. They needed to go and work on their happiness and stuff, that’s what most important. None of us were that close to them.’
TOWIE returns to ITVBe for TOWIE Thailand at 9pm March 17.
Former love: Courtney agreed: ‘She needs to focus on what she wants because I think she was so lost in her relationship with Dan, she just loved him so much’