TOWIE star Harry Derbidge pays tribute to ex-boyfriend Rhys Alan Smith

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram
Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram

The Only Way Is Essex's Harry Derbidge has paid tribute to his ex-boyfriend Rhys Alan Smith after his recent death was announced.

It's thought that Rhys passed away last week in Tenerife where he had been living, the Daily Mirror reports.

The pair dated several years ago and their relationship history was recently referenced on the show and written into a storyline between Harry and Bobby Norris.

Harry commented on an Instagram post of one of Rhys's close friends who was also paying their tribute: "I can’t believe this is real. Rhys was the most loveliest person."

Rhys had built close bonds with a number of cast members from the reality show, many of whom have taken time to post on social media to remember Rhys and write heartfelt comments in memory of him.

Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram
Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram

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Gemma Collins wrote a comment on Rhys' last Instagram post, which reads: "My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece."

James Argent also commented and wrote: "Love you mate."

"Truly heartbreaking. Sending love to everything that got to share your light. You will be missed," Vas J Morgan wrote.

One of Rhys' close friends, Holly Williams posted a thoughtful and loving tribute, that explained how close they were and how much Rhys will be missed.

Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram
Photo credit: Rhys Alan Smith (@rhysalan) - Instagram

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Posting on Instagram, Holly wrote: "What am I suppose to do when the best part of me was always you! Falling to pieces. Rhys was so much more than just a best friend he was my soul mate. My heart is truly broken.

"I would give anything and everything to turn back the hands of time. I can’t imagine living the rest of my life without him in it. Thank you everyone for all the loving and kind messages, I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to open them all yet. This is the most difficult moment of my life. But I will open and respond to them all as soon as I can manage it.

"An empty void will be left in all of the lives that were blessed enough to have the pleasure of meeting this very special man. It's still so very hard to believe this fate as reality. May God bless his beautiful soul! My rock my world my everything forever and always. I’ll never stop loving you besty!!!"

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