Lauren Goodger is living in the home she once shared with her late ex Jake McLean and considers her “happy place”, we can reveal.
As we reported last week, the former TOWIE star, 36, sold everything from the house in Essex that she lived in with Charles Drury following their split and moved back into her previous home in Loughton.
Now a source close to Lauren has told us she wanted to return to her old place to feel closer to Jake, who died in a car crash in Turkey in July – the same month she tragically lost her newborn daughter Lorena.
“Lauren is all settled into her home. It’s the house she shared with Jake when they were together,” they said. “She wanted to be back there because it’s her happy place with lots of happy memories.
“She looks back on her relationship with Jake with fondness. She likes to think he’s looking down on her with her angel baby, Lorena.”
However, they added pals don’t want Lauren to dwell on the tough times.
“Although Lauren is happy there, friends are concerned she might be living in the past a little bit,” the source added.
“They want her to look to the future rather than take any steps back.
“Living in the house again will obviously remind her of Jake and they’re worried it could upset her.
“But Lauren insists she’s happy there and she sees herself being there for the foreseeable.”
Lauren dated Jake from 2012 to 2016. She told of her devastation following his death aged 33 in a heartfelt tribute, saying, “He will always be a part of me.”
Last week, Lauren looked to the future as she popped Prosecco in her pad, posting, “Here’s to new beginnings and happy times.” She previously told fans it was a “fresh start” for her and 15-month-old daughter Larose, adding, “Back in my happy place.”
Her move comes after it was revealed Charles, 25, has moved in with one of her closest pals after they started a relationship. He had also been arrested for an alleged bust-up with Lauren on the day of their daughter’s funeral, but later released on police bail.
A representative for Lauren told new, “Lauren’s focus is very much on the future and moving onwards. The treasured memories of Jake are part of her historical make-up that continue to drive her forwards – nothing is holding her back.”
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