Original cast member James 'Arg' Argent headed out to Marbella with the gang where he came face-to-face with ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright, and the 26-year-old opens up to Reveal about finding love, spending time with Lydia and why he's finally feeling ready to settle down.
Viewers saw Lydia make a surprise appearance at the end of the last series. Did you speak to her after the cameras stopped rolling?
No, I couldn't. I wanted to distance myself and sort myself out a bit. I was so busy with the launch of my book too. I dropped her round a copy of the book though.
What did Lydia say about your "passionate" kiss with Amy Childs?
She was hurt and upset. We discussed it over text.
So we saw yourself and Lydia on a dinner date in Marbella. What happened?
I wouldn't call it a date. I think it was just two old friends clearing the air and just speaking. She was really nervous and she was also upset at some points. There were times when she was tearful and other times when she was laughing, so there was a bit of everything. I think she's still got a lot of feelings there. I was her first love and she went through a lot. I think there's obviously still something there. We will always have something.
How did the dinner end?
We agreed to be friends at the end of the dinner. You know what, I haven't spoken to Lydia for two years and the last time we spoke, she found out that I cheated on her. It's going to take a hell of a lot more than a dinner date if I was to win her back. Do you reckon I'll get Lydia back? Everyone's got different opinions and I don't know how it's going to turn out. I enjoy spending time with Lydia. When I spent time with her it felt like nothing changed. I love being around her.
You've stayed close with Lydia's mum Debbie...
Yes, we met up on Wednesday and walked the dogs around the forest. We had a good heart to heart. I think she's a bit worried about me. I don't know, I think she's worried about some of my antics and things like that. We've always stayed close.
Did you get up to any antics in Marbs?
I think I'm turning a new leaf. I didn't really get up to any antics in Marbella. I've seen my best mate Mark Wright settle down and I'm 26 now. I've just moved out and the last two years have been a blur what with partying and girls, but I think now would be a good time to prove that I can mature.
So tell us, who's your ideal girl?
Samantha Barks. I love her, she's naturally beautiful. She's well spoken, she's in to musical theatre and she's got amazing talent. She would be my dream girl mixed with a little bit of Lydia Rose Bright as well! We've got to have a bit of Lydia.
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