TOWIE's Georgia Harrison reveals she was dating Jake McLean when he died

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Georgia Harrison has paid tribute to Jake McLean who has died in a car crash. (PA)
Georgia Harrison has paid tribute to Jake McLean who has died in a car crash. (PA)

Reality star Georgia Harrison has revealed she was dating Jake McLean when he died in a car crash in Turkey.

The 27-year-old — who has appeared on The Only Way Is Essex and Love Island — paid tribute to 33-year-old McLean, who was killed in a collision in the port city of Bodrum, which left fellow TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou seriously injured.

Harrison wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of herself and McLean: "Thank you for giving me the confidence to love myself, thank you for always routing for me, thank you for loving me but most of all thank you for being my mukka even in my road girl days.

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"333 will always be my number for you and the way the world lost you will forever haunt me because it makes no sense.

Jake McLean was killed in a car crash in Turkey. (Getty Images)
Jake McLean was killed in a car crash in Turkey. (Getty Images)

"RIP Jake you lit up a room and everyone who met you couldn’t help but love you."

The Love Island 2017 contestant also shared the final correspondence she exchanged with McLean, revealing she had made plans to join him in Turkey.

Screenshots of their messages show McLean had asked her: "Weekend? Istanbul. Fri-sun?"

Harrison then confirmed she had nothing on that weekend and he replied: "Okay I'll book Tomorrow and send you confirmation."

She wrote on Instagram stories: "Me and so many others just wanted the best for Jake. He was cheeky with the ladies but he was funny, caring, kind. He knew how to make you feel special and his energy was addictive on every level."

Georgia Harrison had made plans to join Jake McLean in Turkey before he died. (PA)
Georgia Harrison had made plans to join Jake McLean in Turkey before he died. (PA)

Harrison added: "Those who actually know him/know what went on are hurting."

Oukhellou, 28, is recovering in hospital following the car crash.

Her representative told PA news agency: "Yazmin is stable and recovering in hospital after surgery.

TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou.
TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou is said to be stable in hospital following surgery after the crash. (Getty Images)

"Yazmin and her family have requested privacy at this time."

Oukhellou confirmed she was dating McLean in December 2021 with pictures of a romantic date night shared on her social media.

But in January 2022 she announced they had split.

Lauren Goodger, 35, dated McLean between 2012 and 2016.

Lauren Goodger and Jake McLean pictured together in 2013. (Getty Images)
Lauren Goodger and Jake McLean pictured together in 2013. (Getty Images)

She said in a statement on social media: "R.I.P Jake, I have no words right now.

"My thoughts are with your family and friends."

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