So much has happened over the past few months – it’s been a very difficult watch with The Only Way Is Essex, as me and James Lock’s arguing was well-documented and it was definitely one of the hardest seasons yet.
But what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, and working with everyone on the show, including my brother Adam Oukhellou, has made it all worthwhile.
I know the nation is being swept away with Love Island, but I have to say I’ve not seen any – I need to get involved! I have heard that a lot of the islanders are getting stick, particularly Adam Collard’s behaviour with Rosie Williams – I think it’s good to raise awareness on how people are treated, but the blame should always lie with an individual rather than stereotype a gender. Not all men are like that, and I’ve always said the same thing about people’s behaviour on TOWIE.
So here’s what’s been going on with me…
Mine and James’ relationship
Obviously it’s not been the easiest of rides for me and James, as our relationship was tested and pushed to the brink so many times during the course of this series. And what was most difficult was some of the online abuse we received as a result.
Frankie Essex joins Yazmin Oukhellou for a party in Ibiza as the pair show off their incredible figures in swimwear [Instagram/Yazmin Oukhellou]
People forget we’re real people, and when I get people going in on mine and James’ relationship on social media, it can be very difficult. Obviously TOWIE was very hard to watch this season, and I couldn’t view back some of the episodes because it would bring up fights that we’d had before. I get that we made that choice to put our lives on TV, but it has been very intense these past few months.
People were saying James wasn’t nice to me at the start of the series – because he’s my boyfriend and I love him, I want to defend him until the end, but we were just bombarded with hate.
Thankfully, what we have is stronger than any amount of troll comments, and I’m happy to say we’re better than ever. We’re heading to Dubai next week, and we’re both just really over the moon to be with each other. When we film, because there’s so many people getting involved it goes from 0-100 in the space of an hour. Now we’re away from it, we can finally reconnect.
TOWIE’s return – and working with my brother
Now there’s a bit of a break before we start filming again, but I can confirm we’ll be back recording the show at the end of August!
It will be amazing to have some time off just me and James – we’re looking to do a lot more travelling, and we’re starting a new venture with Herbalife, so it’s all go, go go.
What was obviously incredible this season was that I got to spend more time with my brother, Adam Oukhellou. Me and my brother will defend each other to the death, but we argue like cat and dog. It’s hilarious to watch – we do row a lot, but if anyone says anything bad about either of us, we’ll have each other’s back.
I’m not sure what the situation with Adam and Chloe Sims is now, but they really were dating – and they’re both very private, even with me. I’ll have to do my digging and find out – he’s been in Ayia Napa with James this week, so it’s nice that like spending time together away from the show!
Adam is only 22, so he’s still so young and he’s started getting so much female attention. It has to be hard. The attention they get is on another level, so I don’t think he’s ready to settle down at all just yet.
Will Gemma Collins ever stop being an icon?
When you take a break from TOWIE filming it is hard to meet with everyone, but we’re hoping to grab Gemma Collins and James Argent very soon. They seem to be happier than ever – they’re one of my favourite couples, and I’ve been rooting for them since day one.
I heard Gemma has made her own sex tape, and says she’ll sell it for a million pounds. Absolutely nothing surprises me about Gemma anymore, and I think this is absolutely brilliant. The people need to see!
We’re going to have a girly reunion with some of the cast at a dinner next week, which will be lovely – it’s great to see everyone when we’re not filming, as we really are a tight-knit group on and off the show.
Me and James are heading to Dubai soon, so I’ll let you all know what we get up to very soon.
So many exciting things to come, and can’t wait to fill you in!
Love, Yaz xxxx