Watch out, Essex – there’s a new ladies’ man in town, and he may look familiar.
The Only Way Is Essex has recruited a brand new cast member for its 22nd (!) series, and although you might think there’s no room, the show’s latest addition makes a lot of sense.
Joining the reality series, according to The Sun, is none other than Yazmin Oukhellou’s older brother Adam (who has already featured on Ex on the Beach), and we expect is going to ruffle a fair amount of feathers.
Not least because TOWIE fans have been impatiently waiting for Adam to confront Yazmin’s boyfriend James ‘Lockie’ Lock, who has been criticised for his ‘aggression’.
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Lock’s behaviour during a recent argument with Yaz even came under fire from domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, who criticised the show for normalising “toxic behaviour”.
“The first two episodes are demonstrations of really nasty, potentially abusive behaviour by some of the central characters towards their girlfriends,” its campaign manager said.
Referring to the moment James called Yaz a “spoiled f**king brat” and accused her of “playing the victim”, Women’s Aid said that Lock was demonstrating “controlling behaviour”.
“Lockie is isolating Yaz from her friends, blaming her for his anger and provoking her… These patterns of toxic behaviour and toxic masculinity have a lot of negative connotations.”
In a statement, TOWIE defended its decision to air the uncomfortable moments, insisting that it is committed to reflecting the cast’s ‘uncensored’ experiences.
“The producers strive to portray the whole story without censorship or comment whilst being aware that behaviour should not go unchallenged,” a spokesperson told Digital Spy.
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The Only Way Is Essex continues Sunday (May 13) on ITV Be.
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