Lydia Bright has quit The Only Way Is Essex so she can 'concentrate' on other TV and fashion projects.
The 27-year-old, who has been part of TOWIE since the first series, reportedly made the decision to leave when she learned her ex-boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent is planning to return following his stint in rehab.
The pair's relationship has often been a main storyline of the ITVBe show and has served up plenty of dramatic moments over the years like this...
His little face is too much!
A TOWIE insider told The Sun:
Lydia's loved being on TOWIE despite the stresses it's caused in her personal life, particularly when it comes to Arg. She was weighing up her future following the end of the last series and with Arg clearly being back in contention, it triggered her decision. She knew he would get a lot of airtime and it's only natural she would be dragged into possible storylines.
We totally get where she's coming from TBF. Sometimes you've just got to do you.
A source added:
Lydia has loads of TV and fashion projects in the pipeline and leaving TOWIE will free her up to concentrate on them. She'll always been incredibly grateful for the experience.
We wish her all the luck in the world!