This series, Jess and Pete have had us hooked with their 'Will they? Won't they?' romance. While Jess initially said she didn't want a relationship with Pete, she later had a change of heart and things hotted up between the pair.
However, a surprise bombshell from Lewis Bloor revealed that Jess had kissed him, despite dating Pete, and their fling was hanging in the balance. Luckily, though, it was nothing they couldn't work out and Jess and Pete sealed their romance with a kiss in this week's series finale of the show.
Although, familiar Essex face Lauren isn't so convinced Jess is the right girl for Pirate Pete...
Reveal caught up with Lauren ahead of TOWIE's finale airing and she confessed she finds Pete and Jess an "odd match".
Sharing her thoughts on the couple, beauty entrepreneur Lauren, who has recently launched her Hair Academy for her own extension brand Hair Rehab London, told us: "To be honest, I find them quite an odd match, I wouldn't have put them together."
Instead, she thinks Pete would have been better suited to Verity Chapman - despite him branding her "vile" not too long ago.
Pete and Verity did enjoy a brief romance in the past and Lauren admits the pair showed more chemistry than he has done with Jess.
"I think he was better suited to Verity. I spent time with him and Verity, I saw the connection. I didn't spend any time with him and Jess so I didn't see the chemistry on camera, maybe off camera you could see it? With Pete and Verity... you could see it. They were very hands on with each other."
As for Jess and that shock kiss with Lewis, Lauren said she never would have expected the pair to lock lips.
Lewis revealed to Pete he and Jess had enjoyed a drunken smooch, before telling Jess he "didn't regret" kissing her.
When asked if she saw it coming at all, Lauren said: "No. Especially after the way she kicked off about me kissing Dan."
Lauren and Jess had fallen out recently, after Lauren struck up a romance with Dan Edgar. Jess was upset that Lauren would do so, considering she had dated Dan in the past and felt like the pair had gone behind her back.
Now, Jess has kissed Lewis and, calling her out for being slightly hypocritical, Lauren did date Lewis in the past. Their relationship then came to an end in Marbella, however, when Lauren found out he had cheated on her. And we'll never forget the showdown that followed when she confronted him about it, you?
Luckily for Lauren, though, she no longer has to deal with the drama in Essex, as she has chosen to leave the show after five years.
She recently revealed her exit was down to not having many friends left on TOWIE and reiterating that to us, Lauren told us she didn't enjoy filming the show anymore.
"I wasn't really close to anyone on the show and when you're in that social situation, there's not much you can give to the show," she said.
Instead, Lauren is now channelling her inner business woman has been focusing on a number of projects. Not only has her Hair Rehab London extensions found their way into the professional arena, she has a successful clothing line with In The Style and hopes to add more lines to her name in the future.
Something tells us it won't be the last we'll be seeing of Popey!
Lauren Pope is the founder of Hair Rehab London, the new Salon Professional range is available from salons nationwide. For more info visit: www.hairrehablondon.com
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