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When new magazine catch up with Lauren Goodger over Zoom, it’s so nice to see her in such a good place. During the chat, the former TOWIE favourite can’t stop gushing about her new boyfriend, Katie Price’s ex, Charles Drury – or Charlie, as she affectionately calls him.
It’s fair to say that Lozza, 34, has endured enough heartbreak, having had problematic long-term relationships with Mark Wright, Jake McLean and jailbird Joey Morrisson. But this time she says she sees “a difference” with 23-year-old builder Charlie, who is always planning cute things for the pair to do and who Lauren insists is her “best friend”.
The loved-up couple went Instagram official last month, but she tells new they had actually been speaking for five months before that.
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Like many relationships, Lauren says their romance has been fast-tracked because of the Covid lockdowns and Charlie is now living with her at her Essex flat. They are also planning to buy a place together!
If that wasn’t exciting enough, she’s looking forward to their very first Christmas as a couple, too. “We’ll be together and will see my family Christmas Day,” she says. “And we might go to his on Boxing Day.”
As well as the nitty-gritty of her new relationship, we discuss Lozza’s amazing body – which she insists is down to “loads of sex” – as well as how she’s been coping with her mental health after previously telling new she’s been having therapy to help with her anxiety.
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“I wish someone could give me a tablet so I’d never worry, because I over worry,” she says. “A letter will come through the door and I’ll start panicking over the worst scenario ever.”
Here, Lauren opens up about her happily ever after and Charlie taking her OnlyFans pictures, while setting the record straight on his time with Ms Price…
Hi Lauren, you seem very happy! Can you tell us about your love story?
Charlie actually messaged me two years ago and I didn’t reply. I was like, “He’s good looking, but nah.” And then he messaged me again and I was chatting to him throughout lockdown on FaceTime. All my friends were like, “He’s nice”, and then one of my mates invited him over. We went out for dinner when everything was open. We were chatting and it was really nice. He came over a few times and I took it slow.
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Then what happened?
We became official because I thought, “There’s no point hiding it.” He was amazing – sending me flowers – and was so romantic. All my friends loved him. He’s met all my best friends, my godchildren and my family, and I’ve met all his family. They FaceTime me all the time. It’s the weirdest thing, because when I was chatting to him I never thought it would be anything like this. It just kind of happened. Now he’s moved in officially and we’ve cleared his flat out. I feel like I’ve been with him for about five years! We’ve not left each other’s side. I’ve been ill with him and we’ve seen each other in every state possible. It’s been full-on so early, but I think that’s good because we’re so comfortable with each other.
Was it an instant attraction?
Yeah. I’m weird and boys make me cringe – I get really scared. But once I’m past that stage I’m the complete opposite. I loved the way he liked me so much. He was constantly ringing and messaging. I’ve been with ar**holes and I needed a nice guy.
Is he quite romantic?
Oh, he’s so soppy. He makes me coffee and breakfast every morning. I make him dinner and he’s just thoughtful. No one’s perfect and we’ve had our moments, but it’s real.
Did this romance take you by surprise?
It did. I came out of a relationship two years ago and I was seeing my ex [Jake McLean] again. I didn’t think I was going to be in love again, because I didn’t like anyone enough. It came to me and I didn’t look for this. It does come unexpectedly.
They do say you always meet someone when you least expect it…
It’s true and it happened like that.
So how are you finding living together?
It’s been like that since day one, so it doesn’t feel any different. He’s changed his bank address and everything. In the future we’d like to get somewhere together.
Have you said “I love you” to each other yet?
Mind your own business, cheeky!
Have you had much backlash about your new relationship?
No. Everyone is private messaging me or writing on my pictures, “I’m so happy to see you happy – you deserve it more than anyone.” It’s so cute. I’m really grateful. With certain things that I’ve been through in my past, and I do believe I’m a good person and deserve to be in love. I feel very secure at the minute and settled.
Charles was previously linked to Katie Price. Did that ever come up?
The press talk about it a lot, but it wasn’t anything. It wasn’t ever a relationship. There was one picture of them that was taken in Turkey in the back of a taxi with a group of people. It wasn’t a big deal.
Are you still friends with her?
I used to hang out with her a bit in 2014, but I haven’t spoken to her for years. She unfollowed me on Instagram years ago.
I don’t know. She probably cleared her Instagram out. We’ve never had a fallout, but we don’t chat. We did at one point and I went to her house a few times. We went partying, but that was years ago.
Is Charles willing to embrace the celebrity life?
Obviously, when you don’t know someone you’re always a bit wary, but I spoke to him about my job and what I do and he respects it. He’s got to know me as a person and he wants to be with me. We’re very happy. I’ve had conversations with him, saying, “There are girls that are going to message you.” I know, because I’ve had it – I did a magazine cover with an ex, and the amount of girls trying it with him! Charlie’s aware of it. He said, “Lauren, stop panicking. I’m not going to cheat on you.”
You’ve been through a lot in relationships. Does that make you wary?
I don’t ever trust anyone 100%. He’s not from this area, he was born in Surrey and lived in Nottingham. He’s different. I think the guys round here are worse for fame and birds. He talks about “we” – “when we go on holiday” or “when we go out”. We don’t do anything separately. His intention is always “we”. But with relationships in the past it was like, “I want to go to Marbella with the boys, I want to go to LA with the boys.” But we want to do it together. I see a difference.
Have you spoken about marriage and babies?
At the minute I’m very happy and very settled and we’re getting on really well. We do speak about the future, yeah.
Do you think you’ve found your happy ending?
I hope so. I am happy and this has come to me very randomly. It’s a proper relationship, we’re really committed and I know that he loves me. Who knows what’s round the corner or what could happen?
Is this the best relationship you’ve been in?
They’re all different. Timing is a massive factor and I’m a different person now to when I was 16, at school and in childhood love. It’s a completely different relationship. He’s like my best friend.
How did you find the latest lockdown?
It’s been tough for everybody, no matter what you do. It was hard because I felt like I was braindead. I couldn’t do anything. I just felt a bit weird and sluggish – all I could do was eat!
And how has your mental health been?
I do have anxiety and worry about things and I’ve things that I stress about. I deal with things on my own and there are a lot of up and downs with it. Up and downs with my family – I’ve been through shit. But there are a lot of happy and positive things. I don’t suffer with depression, I suffer with anxiety. It’s horrible – it’s the worst thing ever. I was hospitalised for it last year and that’s because I take a lot on by myself and I don’t have family support. It’s like a computer – I had a bit of a breakdown. But I’m a happy girl and not a moody person. I just worry a lot. That’s my downfall.
Are you still having therapy?
I’m still seeing a lady, yes. As much as I’m doing it, I say to them, “I don’t understand how this is going to help me.” They’re teaching me [coping] methods, but a couple of days go by and I’ll forget it. It’s hard to do it.
Has it helped you at all?
I don’t really know. But I like having fortune readings, and that seems to help me. I just want to know what’s going to happen to me and I believe in it all. But I will continue with therapy.
Does Charles support you too?
He’s so understanding. We went out to a party and he was like, “Don’t worry, darling. Relax.” The majority of guys don’t understand it, but he does. Sometimes I deal with it better by not letting anyone know.
You have previously said that things are tricky within your family. How is it going now?
I speak to my mum’s side and my sisters and their kids, but I WhatsApped my dad three weeks ago and he still hasn’t replied, so I can’t really be bothered with him. He unfollowed me on social media. I don’t understand their problem! It’s been like this for years. The more effort I make, the more I feel like I’m being set up to fail anyway. He WhatsApped me on my birthday at 5.30pm and said, “Happy birthday, kid.” I wasn’t even going to reply, but I was in happy mode.
Do you hope you’ll be able to fix things with your dad at some point?
I have trouble with the whole side of my dad’s family. I don’t know what’s going to happen. None of them know what’s going on in my life. I’ve had a really stressful couple of years. I would’ve loved to have had some support from them, but it is what it is.
On to happier things… you’ve joined adult subscription site OnlyFans. How are you finding it?
I don’t know why I took so long to get on it! I don’t do anything naked and I could do a lot more on it. I never do personalised stuff. I’ve done glamour before, so what difference does it make?
Is it quite lucrative?
It’s easy money. I’m going to up my game a little bit, but you could make it into your full-time job. I know a well-paid architect left her job and does OnlyFans full-time! A lot of people have come on it since I’ve done it, like Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace and Chloe Goodman. I’ve opened the door for it to not be porny and sleazy. I’ll post a little bit sexy, but I’m still a classy girl. How can you judge someone?
Does Charles take the pictures of you?
Yes, he does. He loves it. He says, “I don’t even care because I get the real thing.”
You look amazing in these pics. What’s your secret?
Having loads of sex, LOL! When you’re in a relationship, even though we do nice things, I never finish my dinner. I don’t really snack – but he eats a lot! I don’t overeat and I’m trying to be careful. I can’t really exercise and I can’t be arsed to go on 5k walks.
Most people put on weight in relationships…
I’ve done the opposite! When I’m bored and depressed I’m drinking, but I feel happy and excited and not bloated. But I haven’t been able to train, so I feel sluggish. It’s my boobs and arse – they don’t stop growing.
Have you put on weight?
I don’t think I have. The first lockdown, I blew up. I felt really s**t because I was just drinking and eating. But I think I look alright at the moment.
You’re looking fab! Would you ever consider having your boobs reduced?
I would – but I’m just a bit scared. I had a consultation a few months ago about it. I don’t know what I want, but I thought about getting an uplift. I don’t know if I want scarring, because I’ve got quite nice boobs, but they are quite big for me. Even with breathing, when I’m lying down they’re quite heavy. But I’m terrified of the surgery. I’m scared I’m going to die and not wake up. Again, it’s an anxiety thing, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
Are you feeling confident in general at the moment?
I know I have my anxiety, but I’m quite a confident, comfortable person anyway – I always have been!
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