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TOWIE cast: Essex is magic

TOWIE stars Chloe Lewis and Lewis Bloor have blasted Victoria Beckham for criticising Essex, insisting the county is “glorious”.

Stars from the reality show were shocked when the singer-turned-fashion designer criticised their county last month. As the spin-off show The Only Way is Marbs hit screens last night, Chloe Lewis and Lewis Bloor were quick to defend their home.

“She backtracked, Essex is a glorious and magical land and everyone knows it, including Victoria Beckham,” Lewis told Mirror Online.

“I just can’t believe she would say that,” Chloe added.

Tommy Mallet has also stepped into the heated debate following Victoria’s comments.

“Never ever forget where you’ve come from,” he fumed.

Victoria, who was born in Harlow, Essex, caused a stir recently by seemingly denouncing her birthplace.

"I'd like to forget the Essex bit. It's not a very nice place,” she said at a New York fashion event.

Just days later, Victoria appeared to backtrack by insisting she wasn’t ashamed of her roots in a message posted on her Twitter account.

"Happy Sunday in the sun fashion bunnies xx vb (sic)," she wrote, alongside a picture of a pink badge that read: "Essex girl and proud of it!"

Meanwhile, The Only Way Is Marbs kicked off in dramatic style with intense flirting and a dramatic break-up.

A beach holiday in Marbella, Spain, hasn’t been plain sailing for Danielle Armstrong and James ‘Lockie’ Lock. It was revealed the couple’s relationship has hit a rocky patch following months of arguing over Lockie’s bad temper. As he decided to patch things up by proposing to Danielle during a romantic meal, she revealed she’d had enough of his mood swings.

“I can’t remember a good thing you’ve done for me. It’s got to the point where it’s gone too far. I just feel like we can’t be together right now. I’m so down - you’ve pushed me so far, I can’t see a way out of it,” Danielle sobbed during dinner.

Lockie failed to show much emotion as Danielle ended the relationship, only saying he accepted her decision.

While one romance seems to have ended, another could be about to begin.

Jessica Wright and Ferne McCann have both set their sights on hunky newcomer Pete Wicks, but he just can’t decide which one to choose. There was a great deal of flirting between Pete and the two girls, with tensions rising after the pals realised they are both chasing the same guy.

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