TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger talks ‘hellish year’ as she reveals if she’s ready to date again


Lauren Goodger has spoken out about her ‘hellish year’ after the tragic loss of her baby daughter Lorena, a bitter split with her partner and the death of her ex boyfriend. 

The reality TV personality, 36, is looking ahead for what’s to come in 2023 as she reflects on the ‘massive trauma’ she has been through over the past 12 months.

Speaking to MailOnline, Lauren put on a brave face as she arrived at The Inspiration Awards in London on Friday night where she said she is ‘ready to come back to the industry in the right way’ after a string of difficult events.

‘Hellish year’: TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger has spoken to MailOnline about her ‘hellish year’ after tragic loss of her baby daughter, bitter split with partner and the death of her ex

When explaining why she wanted to come to the event, Lauren said: ‘It’s an amazing cause, I can’t wait to hear all the stories.

‘I feel like I’ve been through a hell of a lot and I feel like it was the right one for me to go to. I’ve been asked to do a lot of things, I’m coming back slowly.

‘I took a break and now I am ready to come back to the industry in the right way.

‘I’m very new to this, like I say, I’ve been through massive trauma, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it but everyone knows and I feel like one day I want to inspire other women.’

Split: Lauren said that she finds her strength in being a mother to her daughter Larose, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Charles Drury (pictured together)

Split: Lauren said that she finds her strength in being a mother to her daughter Larose, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Charles Drury (pictured together)

Lauren said that she finds her strength in being a mother to her daughter Larose, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Charles Drury. 

It is understood that their relationship ended bitterly last year, and at the funeral of their second daughter, Lorena, it is alleged Lauren was attacked and she was left with a black eye in the days following. 

Charles, 25, was later arrested and bailed following the incident. 

The former TOWIE cast-member confirmed the terrible news of her newborn’s death in an Instagram post in July last year, admitting Lorena  was born ‘without complications’ prior to her death.

Tragic: The former TOWIE cast-member confirmed the terrible news of her newborn's death in an Instagram post in July last year, admitting the child was born 'without complications' prior to her death

Tragic: The former TOWIE cast-member confirmed the terrible news of her newborn’s death in an Instagram post in July last year, admitting the child was born ‘without complications’ prior to her death

Lauren is focusing on being best mum she can to Larose. 

‘Larose, my daughter, I think being a mum to the most amazing little girl I’ve ever had in my life,’ Lauren told MailOnline.

‘Like, she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I am a very strong person. I’ve been through a lot. And I feel like I want to be there…

‘I’m strong, independent and I want to inspire young girls and other mum that are going through similar things. And just you know like, everything happens for a reason and just don’t like… life goes on.’

Painful: Lauren's ex Jake McClean tragically died in a car accident that has left his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou injured (pictured is a snap taken by Lauren at Jake's funeral)

Painful: Lauren’s ex Jake McClean tragically died in a car accident that has left his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou injured (pictured is a snap taken by Lauren at Jake’s funeral)

Only a few days before the death of her daughter, her ex boyfriend Jake McClean tragically died in a car accident that has left his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou seriously injured.

Jake, who was 33, was driving in Bodrum, Turkey on Sunday when his car crashed over a hill before emergency services rushed to save him.

Now living as a single mother, Lauren revealed that she isn’t sure about her prospective dating life.

Single mum: Now living as a single mother, Lauren revealed that she isn't sure about her prospective dating life

Back in the industry: She explained: 'I don't know. The main thing is just being happy and like I'm not looking openly...'

Single mum: Now living as a single mother, Lauren revealed that she isn’t sure about her prospective dating life

Concern: Recently, Lauren sparked concern after deleting all her posts on Instagram, wiping everything from her grid while leaving her video reels intact

Concern: Recently, Lauren sparked concern after deleting all her posts on Instagram, wiping everything from her grid while leaving her video reels intact

She explained: ‘I don’t know. The main thing is just being happy and like I’m not looking openly… I’m just doing my thing and being a mum. Yeah.’ 

Recently, Lauren sparked concern after deleting all her posts on Instagram, wiping everything from her grid while leaving her video reels intact.

She said: ‘I literally archived all my posts. Everyone was like, “What’s going on?” My family were like, “Have you blocked me?” I’m like, “No, I’m restarting.”

Exes: Lauren and Charles' relationship ended bitterly last year, and at the funeral of their second daughter, Lorena, it is alleged that Lauren was attacked and she was left with a black eye in the days following. Charles was later arrested and bailed following the incident

Exes: Lauren and Charles’ relationship ended bitterly last year, and at the funeral of their second daughter, Lorena, it is alleged that Lauren was attacked and she was left with a black eye in the days following. Charles was later arrested and bailed following the incident

‘I’ve archived everything online for me. I just want to move forward. So I’m starting again.’

After spending some time away, Lauren said she has a lot of plans as she launches her comeback to the industry: ‘There’s so much I want to do, I’m doing my own charity for Lorena, yeah just doing more mum stuff.

‘It’s a different image now, it’s not Lauren Goodger before, it’s Lauren Goodger now. I’m a woman, I’m a mum, I’ve been through more.’

Out and about: Lauren stunned in a lacy mesh crop top and gold maxi skirt on Friday while leading the stars at the Inspiration Awards for Women in London

Out and about: Lauren stunned in a lacy mesh crop top and gold maxi skirt on Friday while leading the stars at the Inspiration Awards for Women in London



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