Newly sin­gle Lau­ren: “Joey didn’t un­der­stand my weight bat­tle”

The TOWIE star ad­mits her for­mer jail­bird boyfriend wanted her to re­gain her size 8 fig­ure

Closer (UK) - - In­side This Is­sue... - By Re­becca Twomey

Af­ter weeks of A spec­u­la­tion, Lau­ren Goodger has fi­nally con­firmed she’s split from her jail­bird boyfriend of 15 months, Joey Mor­ri­son, re­veal­ing it was a “mu­tual de­ci­sion.”

An­nounc­ing the news on In­sta­gram last week, she said: “We haven’t been to­gether for a few months now… me and Joey are still speak­ing, and we’re good friends as noth­ing hap­pened to make us fall out. Joey will be home in not too long hope­fully and I will see him as we’ve been through this last year and a half to­gether and have a friend­ship and re­spect for each other.”

The news came af­ter Lau­ren, 30, posted a se­ries of throw­back gym pic­tures of her at her skin­ni­est, claim­ing it was when she was “ob­sessed.” Only last month, she re­vealed to Closer how she was “scared” she’d get big­ger than her cur­rent size 12 and that she’s con­sid­er­ing lipo or a gas­tric band to get back in shape.


In the past few months, Lau­ren has made a dis­tinct turn­around in her be­hav­iour, swap­ping her nights in and gym ses­sions for wild nights out – she par­tied un­til 5am with foot­baller Dele Alli last month and pole-danced at V Fes­ti­val. And while in­sid­ers say Lau­ren hasn’t ruled out a re­union with Joey, 30 – who is cur­rently serv­ing a 16-year sen­tence for a string of vi­o­lent drugs-re­lated charges – they add that her on­go­ing weight bat­tle, which has seen her yo-yo be­tween a size 8 and a 16, was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in their break-up.

A source says: “Joey didn’t pres­sure her to lose weight, but he did en­cour­age her in her ef­forts be­cause he knew she could achieve her body goals again.

“She doesn’t like her fig­ure at the mo­ment, but she doesn’t hate it either. She’s a dif­fer­ent size in dif­fer­ent brands, but she would like to lose weight and get her train­ing body back.”

Lau­ren be­gan dat­ing Joey in April last year – not long af­ter re­veal­ing her im­pres­sive 4st weight loss, drop­ping to a size 8 with her fit­ness DVD Lau­ren’s OMG Work­out. But she ad­mit­ted to Closer last month that Joey some­times failed to un­der­stand her frus­tra­tion with her fluc­tu­at­ing fig­ure.


She told us: “Joey al­ways tells me I’m beau­ti­ful, but he knew me when I was at my slimmest and a size 8. He says: ‘Why can’t you get back to that again?’ But he’s a man and he doesn’t un­der­stand that it’s harder for women to lose weight be­cause we have more body fat. He’s sup­port­ive, but he’s a very fit, ac­tive per­son, even while in prison, so he thinks I should do the same.”

But when Lau­ren took part in Chan­nel 5 show In Ther­apy, which aired in Jan­uary, her friend Jodie Wheeler re­vealed on the pro­gramme: “He’s (Joey) very controlling, he wants her to do things she wouldn’t do for some­body else. But she likes that.”

That same month Lau­ren re­vealed her boyfriend was quite tough on her when it came to weight loss, say­ing: “He’s [Joey] done a PT course in there [prison] so he thinks he knows all about fit­ness… if he was with me now, he’d have me locked in a room with a tread­mill and would feed me wa­ter and bloody veg! The other day he said: ‘Cor, you look good to­day. When I saw you the other day you looked bloated.’ I don’t care, though, be­cause I say it about my­self.”

De­spite ev­ery­thing, her pals say the TOWIE star hasn’t given up on her fairy-tale end­ing with Joey. A source says: “She’d love to get mar­ried and have a baby and her friends don’t think this is the last they’ve heard from Lau­ren and Joey! But while he’s in prison, it’s not go­ing to work.”

High-street la­bels have also been con­demned for sell­ing the ma­te­rial – some­times un­der the pre­tence that it’s faux. Ear­lier this year, Miss­guided and House of Fraser prod­ucts, such as hats and gloves, were found to mis­tak­enly con­tain real fur Pop­ski de­spite be­ing la­belled as “faux,” af­ter tests Lon­don sell rac­coon fur hats proved the items used rab­bit and cat fur. Both im­me­di­ately took the prod­ucts off sale. Yvonne says: “When peo­ple see pom poms on hats and fur on jack­ets they as­sume it’s faux. But it’s some­times real.” Mean­while, other brands, such as Pop­ski Lon­don, spe­cialise in real fur prod­ucts – from hats to fur-lined parkas – start­ing at £20.

HOW CAN YOU EN­SURE YOUR FAUX FUR IS RE­ALLY FAKE? Some­times faux fur can be con­fus­ing but it is pos­si­ble to per­form a vis­ual check. If you pull the fur apart and see stitches then it is def­i­nitely fake. But if you can see skin, then it’s real.

The star as a size 8 at the start of last year

For­mer beau Joey

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