The reality star was pictured enjoying a bowling session with co-stars in Essex on 11 March, looking happy and lively on the lanes.
Charlie didn't seem to be there.
It emerged yesterday that Charlie had quit TOWIE, with bosses saying: "We haven't been able to film with Charlie for several days because he hasn't felt comfortable sharing his real life on camera and that is an essential part of being in TOWIE.
"As such we have decided he will no longer be part of the show; we agree that it wouldn't be right for him to continue and wish him well in the future."
In a shocking twist, Charlie also sent a string of tweets that suggested he and Ferne had split – despite them looking happy together in recent episodes of the show.
Ferne has yet to comment.
A source, however, told us she was feeling confused and upset about the whole situation, which appears to have come out of the blue.
"Unfortunately Charlie has given Ferne an ultimatum – it's him or the show. This came as a huge shock to Ferne who is really upset that he would put her in such a position.
"She loves being part of TOWIE and is an important character who is great for the show. She's very successful off the back of it.
"The reality is that Charlie has never wanted to live his life on camera. Ferne has promised to support him either way and just wants him to do the same for her.
"Hopefully he will realise he can't dictate her career, it feels unfair to suddenly from nowhere put her in this position. She's hoping he'll realise this and they'll make it up, but right now Ferne is unsure what to do and is just very upset."
It's unsure yet how the split - if that's what it is - will be addressed on the show.
TOWIE airs Wednesdays and Sundays at 10pm on ITVBe.
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