She’s set to make a welcome return to our screens in the new series of Celebs Go Dating, following a two-year absence from reality television.
And Lauren Goodger has reminisced about her first brush with fame in an interview with New! magazine, discussing the double-edged sword of the public attention that came with her time on
The social media sensation, 32, also revealed her ‘career-minded’ ex of nine years, Mark Wright, had told her ‘from the start he’d be a star’.
Perils of fame: Lauren Goodger reminisced about her time on TOWIE in an interview with New! magazine, discussing the double-edged sword of fame
Lauren and Mark were the golden couple of TOWIE when the constructed reality series first launched in 2010, and even got engaged on the show.
After their ups and downs played out on screen for all to see, their engagement came to an acrimonious end in 2012.
Despite Mark not always treating her right (including famously making jibes about her weight), Lauren says it’s all water under the bridge and she wishes him nothing but the best.
She revealed the presenter – who has gone on to host Extra in the US and now works on Heart Radio, as well as having a high-profile marriage with Michelle Keegan – was always determined to be famous.
‘We were the first reality couple’: Lauren and Mark were the golden couple of TOWIE when the constructed reality series first launched in 2010 and even got engaged on the show
She said: ‘Good luck to Mark – he’s very career-minded and he told me from the start he’d be a star, and he made it happen…
‘We were the first reality couple [in the UK] really and it was tough for us. It was real.’
Lauren also reflected on the stress the public interest in her love life caused her.
She said it was hard the other original girls – Sam Faiers, Jessica Wright and Amy Childs – weren’t given as much attention at the time.
Lauren was asked why she thought she was more of a ‘target’ than Sam, for example.
She rationalised: ‘I don’t know, but the paps always preferred to follow me. Out of all the TOWIE lot, I’d be the one they’d choose to focus on. It means you’re the bigger star in their eyes.’
‘I’d be the one they’d choose to focus on’: Lauren said it was hard the other original girls – Jessica Wright, Amy Childs and Sam Faiers (pictured from left to right in 2010) – weren’t given as much attention at the time
Childhood sweethearts Lauren and Mark became engaged on the show and were a couple for 11 years before their bitter break-up.
In June 2015, the former TOWIE golden couple were locked in a bitter war of words over Lauren’s discussing Mark’s fairytale wedding to Michelle.
Lauren vented her frustrations in a lengthy rant, claiming she wasn’t milking her romance with Mark for publicity.
She wrote: ‘I’m not living off Mark for money. I have been offered numerous interviews to talk about him, particularly of late – all of which I have turned down.
‘I only ever speak about him in my column to defend myself against stories which aren’t from me.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Lauren discussed how ‘addictive’ fame can be, saying it can be hard to go from doing so much to not ‘a whole lot’.
After taking time out to focus on herself, Lauren feels happier than ever and is ready to be back in the limelight on Celebs Go Dating.
Tough: Lauren discussed how ‘addictive’ fame can be, saying it can be hard to go from doing so much to not ‘a whole lot’