Earlier this year, TOWIE saw the biggest shake-up in its nine-year history, as a new generation of young Essex-types joined the cast to breathe new life (and, of course, drama) into the series. And while they certainly delivered plenty of that, there were two standouts who stole the show and became instant heat favourites.
Eighteen-year-old besties Chloe Brockett and Joey Turner have become the show's most fabulous double act since Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge thanks to their sassy one-liners, sharp tongues and Insta-worthy wardrobes; so is it any wonder the stars reckon the rest of the cast are 'jealous' of them?
Asked if she thinks their castmates are jealous of their popularity, Chloe told heat: "Yes! The new girls have definitely had a bit of jealousy, and some people let it overtake them."
"At the beginning, it was very much me and Ella, and Chloe and Kelsey," added Joey, "but the tables turned very quickly.
"Me and Chloe soon figured out that we were stronger as a pair. At the end of the day, all I will say about [co-stars] Kelsey [Stratford] and Ella [Wise] is that you can’t be friends with someone who wants your life."
But we thought you called a truce with Kelsey and Ella at the end of the last series, Chloe?
"We haven’t spoken with them since filming," she told us. "We were just so drained by the end of the series. They were loving it, though, because it made them relevant. It gave them a storyline."
"We were their free meal ticket," explained Joey. "I say hello to Ella if I see her out, but I am very black and white. I can’t be fake with people. Either you’re my good friend, or you’re not my friend at all."
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Lauren Goodger takes on the red carpet at Essex Fashion Week back in 2011, a year after the show launched. Stripes and fake tan for days.
Oh YASS, the glow up is real.Check out Lauren Goodger in 2018. We don't know what magical moisturiser she is using but we are well jel - she looks younger. She briefly returned to TOWIE and has since launched her tanning brand LG Tan.
TOWIE's sweet heart and cousin to TOWIE royalty, Amy Childs, at the afterparty of a film premiere. Looking so young and fresh faced.
After quitting the show TWICE in 2014 (so, extra) he followed in his cousin Amy Childs' footsteps and opened his own boutique which later closed down. Now, he is a social media influencer and make-up artist and slaying the game. He has also announced his adoption plans with his fiancé Dean Rowland.
Do you remember when she was a brunette? Yeah, no one does.
"So, girls"She later ditched the bangs, the brunette hair and the excessive tan.After becoming TOWIE's most meme'ed star, she's launched her own TV show Diva Forever, dropped a podcast and she continues to be in an on/off relationship with James 'Arg' Argent.
Amy Childs in her signature red hair back in 2010 - on the red carpet for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex.
After being the first one to quit the show, she stormed the showbiz world with her own reality TV show, starred in Celebrity Big Brother and she is now reported to be worth over £5 million. She's also a mum to Polly and Rich.
Other than being an immediate TOWIE heartthrob / major palyer, he also used to model early on in his career.
Mark is now happily married to Michelle Keegan. He has his own radio show, he used to be the face of Take Me Out: The Gossip and he ventured across the pond to work with Mario Lopez on Extra.
This is what he looked like in 2011, a year after TOWIE launched.
Following his break-up from his on screen love, Lydia Bright, he took sometime off from TOWIE. He appeared on and off for a number of series but in 2020 he opened up about his cocaine addiction and eating disorder. He is now in an on/off relationship with Gemma Collins.
Lydia opened her own boutique as soon as she joined TOWIE. She left the show after major drama with co-stars James Argent and Gemma Collins.
Lydia's now mum to a little girl, Loretta.
Quintessential Essex glamour is the best way to describe this picture but she definitely wins the best glow up...
She 100% glowed up the most. Her life changed drastically since she first appeared on TOWIE. After leaving the show, she became a mother to Paul and Rosie. She followed Amy Childs' footsteps and joined Celebrity Big Brother and she has her own show The Mummy Diaries. You go girl.
He is a TOWIE original. He left the show three years after first appearing on our TV screens.
Not much has changed, except he is a dad to two children now.
She had a very short time on TOWIE after she was dubbed "just a f***ing extra" by Kirk - harsh, right?
We use the term 'now" very loosely with Maria, this picture is from early 2017 - that's because we can't find any recent pics as she is keeping it on the down low. We do know that is she is a makeup artist now, she's married to Kelvin Batey and they're expecting their second child later this year.
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