Lauren Goodger denies dating man in prison: 'He's been a friend for many years'

Published Wednesday, Sep 28 2016, 11:56 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Lauren Goodger has shut down rumours she's dating a man in prison.

The TOWIE star, 28, hit out via Instagram after it was reported by a newspaper over the weekend she'd been looking cosy with a man named Joey Morrison during visits to HMP Standford Hill.

Lauren Goodger selfie on Instagram
12 May

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Lauren said: "I don't normally do this but I feel I have to explain this situation that is in the press at the minute. This boy Joey Morrison is my friend and I have known him for many years."

She added: "Leave this at he's my friend and I have nothing else to say."

Lauren's last romance was with Jake McLean, whom she dated for four years before splitting in May. At the time, Lauren's rep said: "The break-up was amicable and there was no-one else involved. Lauren is feeling positive and looking forward to the future."

Her most high profile romance was, of course, with former TOWIE co-star Mark Wright, who is now happily married to Our Girl actress Michelle Keegan.

Lauren Goodger in The Only Way Is Essexmas, December 2015

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Lauren in TOWIE's Essexmas special in December 2015.

Essex original Lauren's getting ready to return to TOWIE this series, marking her first time on the show as a regular since series six. She did pop up during the Christmas special last year for a brief cameo.

But we'll have to wait a little longer to see her on screen as a rep told us she's not filming with the cast in Marbella.

Lauren announced her return over the summer, saying: "I said I would love to come in as Lauren so people can see who Lauren is. Nobody knows who I am. I've always been in drama or in a relationship on TV and now it's about me. I have no drama. I can go in and be one of the girls."

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