The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright's life since leaving show as she goes public with new boyfriend

TOWIE reality TV star Lydia Bright with her daughter Loretta.
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Former The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright hasn't been a mainstay on our TV screens for years since leaving the show - but she's been busy. Since bursting onto the reality TV scene in 2010 she's starred on other shows, had a daughter and written a book.

The 33-year-old was a much-loved cast member from the early series of TOWIE. The show introduced her as James 'Arg' Argent's girlfriend and showed the ups and downs of their relationship.

Although the couple split up long ago, they remain close friends. Both of them regularly share pictures spending time together.

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Lydia gave birth to her daughter Loretta Rose in February 2020 shortly after splitting from her boyfriend. She shares sweet videos of her daughter on Instagram.

The reality TV star went on a lengthy journey to find the perfect family home, enduring two years of house hunting and a seven-month stint at her parents' place before finally settling down.

When she bought the home she posted: "Nearly 2 years since I started the search, 1 failed house purchase, 7 months bunking in at my parents and probably/maybe 50 viewings later...," Lydia expressed her overwhelming emotions on Instagram. "Our forever home fairytale can finally begin. I am so emotional right now. I am so proud of this moment and extremely grateful for every opportunity that I have been given in life that has led me to this day. I can not believe this is ours, a new chapter in our life together, happily ever after."

Following her move, Lydia spoke to OK! about how motherhood has transformed her approach to beauty, contrasting it with her TOWIE days. She reflected: "When I was a teenager, or when I was in my early 20s, I always wanted to look older. But now I'm in my 30s, I was to look younger, so I definitely don't wear makeup as I used to. I wouldn't have the time to do it."

This year she released a children's book called Mummy and Me. It is a picture book that celebrates how families can be big or small.

Lydia has recently shared her new boyfriend on social media. In a post showing pictures of the two of them she said: "Now you are no longer my secret lover, we gotta get better at the couple pictures for the gram."