Lauren Pope on why she quit TOWIE: "I kind of had no mates left"

Published Wednesday, Nov 11 2015, 10:26 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Lauren Pope was all smiles in London yesterday as she held a press day for her new business venture.

The reality star, model and DJ has just launched the Hair Rehab London Academy, just one of many new projects she's taken on following her decision to quit TOWIE.

Lauren Pope arrives at The Soho Sanctum - 10 November 2015.

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As always, fashionista Lauren nailed her ensemble in a bright orange suede blouse teamed with biker trousers, a leather jacket and over-the-knee boots.

Speaking about her exit from TOWIE after five years, Lauren told Mail Online that she had been thinking about leaving "for a while".

"I kind of had no mates left," she said. "The last series was not a fun series for me and I think the fun kind of went from TOWIE for me, and it made my decision a lot easier. I think it was just the right time, I had been thinking about it for a while."

Lauren, who joined the ITVBe reality show during the first series in 2010, also said that filming made it difficult for her to juggle her businesses and projects, which includes Hair Rehab London, a fashion range with In The Style, as well as DJ-ing and modelling.

Lauren Pope arrives at The Soho Sanctum - 10 November 2015.

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After news of her exit was reported last month, her BFF Vas J Morgan confirmed she had quit in a message posted to Twitter.

Vas said: "Always chic, classy & loyal @LaurenPope thank you for being a wonderful friend on & off screen & good luck with all your future endeavours."

Lauren joined TOWIE in the first series and viewers watched the ups and downs of her relationship with Kirk Norcross, as well as the fall of her friendship with Chloe Sims. She's also had romances with Tom Pearce, Mario Falcone, Lewis Bloor and Dan Edgar.

TOWIE series finale airs Wednesday 11 November at 10pm on ITVBe.

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