She had been linked to Arthur over the summer, but insisting she is single again, Ferne has played down their relationship as "a bit of a summer romance."
Speaking to new! magazine, Ferne said: "He's lovely, but we're just friends. Another one bites the dust."
"It was just a bit of a summer romance," she added. "We weren't right for each other. I'm four years from being 30 so I can't waste time."
Ferne and Arthur had sparked speculation they were an official item, after pictures surfaced of the pair holidaying together in Ibiza. Ferne, however, had insisted she still thought of herself as 'single' while they were dating.
She told The Sun: "Arthur is just someone I love to spend my time with. I do still count myself as being single."
Her comments came before Ferne was seen discussing whether being famous has hindered her love life with Vicky Pattison.
During the girls' mini series for ITV's This Morning, that saw them travel the Amalfi Coast, Ferne had said: "I think it's tough, not only because we're in the public eye, but it's hard with our generation to meet someone. Everything's so instant. It gets rid of that whole meeting someone organically.
"I just want to fall in love. I'm such an old romantic... I want to laugh with someone. I want my man to be my best friend."
If Ferne is to meet a special new someone, it's more than likely that she'll be keeping things between herself and her new man, though.
When we caught up with the 26-year-old back in July, Ferne told us she was looking forward to having a relationship away from the camera. She previously dated her old co-star Charlie Sims and their relationship had played out onscreen on TOWIE.
Ferne said: "I would definitely keep things away from the [public] to begin with. Funnily enough, I do actually like to be private. Not many would think that, me coming from TOWIE, but it's a private and personal thing [being in a relationship], isn't it? I don't want to share it with everyone from the get go."
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