The Only Way Is Essex star James Lock has been exchanging flirty messages with a mystery Love Island star, who slid into his DMs, OK! online can exclusively reveal.
The newly single 32 year old Essex hunk has been exchanging flirty messages with the islander after splitting from his girlfriend of two years, Yazmin Oukhellou, 25.
The source exclusively told OK! online: “James hasn't been short of female attention since his breakup, but he's been respectful and hasn't been seeing anyone.”
Speaking about Lockie’s split from Yaz the insider added: “He still loves Yaz and cares for her but he knows they can't be together.”
The source also suggested it was Sherif Lanre, 20, who encouraged the mystery Love Island girl to send James a “cheeky message” and explained: “Sherif actually knew one Love Island girl who was interested in James and told her to drop him a message a couple weeks ago.
“So the girl did and sent James a cheeky message and a few flirty bits.”
Lockie and Yaz broke up in July after having an explosive argument while on holiday in Turkey. The Essex exes then returned to TOWIE for the new series.
Speaking about the split on the ITVBe show, Yaz revealed the reason she split from James was because she was adamant he “cheated” while on their holiday.
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Reliving the heartbreaking situation which saw the end of their relationship, Yazmin explained: “We went away on holiday, a holiday that I treated him to, and cut a long story short at four in the morning he wasn’t next to me in bed and he was in a room with two random guys he met round the pool and three girls.
“As I come round the room, three women did come out, one had her hair piece hanging out and one of them was still pulling her draws up.”
She added: “I know my worth and I’m not settling to be treated like that because I know I will find someone that will treat me how I deserved to be treated. That night, I will never forgive him for, ever,” she added while tearing up.
Lockie did, however, reveal he “wasn’t happy” in the relationship but he did “still care for” Yaz.
A later TOWIE episode saw Lockie made a bold move to get closure from his former relationship by getting his tattoo dedicated to Yaz covered up.
The episode, which aired in September, showed Lockie’s best pal Pete Wicks, 30, and TOWIE newbie Jayden Beales, 20, support James while he gets the “Y” ink transformed into a “P” to honour his best mate.
Speaking about how he predicted Yaz would react to the news of his tattoo cover up, James said: “I can imagine her being quite hurt because it was a sentimental thing but she has to understand where I’m coming from. We need to cut all ties.”
And he was right, as Yaz confronted James later in the episode and asked: “How do you think that's made me feel?”, with him responding: “We can't ever reconcile, we'll never work out.”
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