James Argent ‘sacked from Towie after testing positive for cocaine’
11 May 2019, 15:49
The TOWIE star is reported to have failed a drug test and will no longer be on the ITV reality show.
Argent, 31, has struggled with drugs in the past and has previously spent time in rehab facilities.
"It’s a shame but James’ problems flared up again, and he failed a routine test," a source told The Sun.
"As a result Lime Pictures aren’t working with him, and it has sparked more concerns among his friends who fear he isn’t looking after himself.
"His weight has rocketed recently which he says he plans to tackle, but getting back involved with drugs is even worse. It’s a dangerous path he is going down.”
A TOWIE spokesperson declined to comment on drug testing but confirmed "there are no current plans to film with James on TOWIE or Gemma’s forthcoming series."
Argent has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with TOWIE co-star Gemma Collins, and appeared in her solo reality show 'Diva España', which is expanding into a full series.
Argent discussed his health and weight issues earlier in the week on ITV's 'This Morning' where Dr Ranj Singh broke the news that the reality star needs to lose 10 stone. Despite the harsh message he told Instagram followers it made him feel better.
"It’s time I finally addressed it, It’s time I owned it & it’s time I do something about it," he posted.
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That certainly wasn’t easy or comfortable to talk about my weight issues on @thismorning but I feel so much better for doing so. It’s time I finally addressed it, It’s time I owned it & it’s time I do something about it! Thank you everyone for your kind loving messages & also to the trolls for giving me motivation! Here’s to another journey of mine... #DreamIt #BelieveIt #BecomeIt ❤️ Credit: “The Master” @tundeajayi9