The popular Essex lady has decided to take 'an extended break' from the show

Kate Wright hasn’t had an easy ride since joining the cast of TOWIE back in 2015, and after splitting from on/off boyfriend Dan Edgar at the end of last year – she’s been caught up in A LOT of dramz.

But following a series of fiery spats with newbie Amber Turner, it looks like the Essex beauty has had enough of all the ag and has decided to quit the ITVBe show altogether.

What?!

Yup. A spokesperson for Lime Pictures has confirmed Kate will be taking ‘an extended break’ at the end of this series, releasing a statement which said: ‘Kate has informed producers that she may take an extended break after filming for this series wraps.

‘We fully support this decision and will keep in close contact with Kate so we can mutually decide if and when a return is appropriate.’

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SO, why the sudden change of heart?

Well according to reports, the reality star’s decision could have something to do with her blossoming romance with footie player, Rio Ferdinand as the star has supposedly told pals she’s determined not to fall into the TOWIE curse.

Is Rio the reason behind Kate’s decision to quit TOWIE? (Photo by Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock and REX/Shutterstock)

A source revealed to Heatworld: ‘Kate is over Dan and doesn’t want to keep being put in scenes with him or watch him date other girls. Rio hasn’t told her to quit the show but she knows he’s a private person and she couldn’t discuss their romance on the show.

‘She doesn’t think the relationship will work with her being TOWIE, as filming also takes up loads of her schedule. She’s really smitten with Rio and is willing to do what it takes to make it work.’

More: Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright: What’s really going on?

However, Kate has since spoken out about her decision to call it quits as she recently told The Sun Online that she’s focussing on her Bahimi Beachwear collection, revealing: ‘I am taking a long break from the show to focus on my new business ventures and an exciting bikini range.’

Wishing I was back in Dubai in my beaut @bahimibeachwear bikini ❤️☀️😎☺️🌊🛥

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Although neither stars have confirmed the romance, Kate has been linked to dad-of-three Rio – who’s wife, Rebecca Ellison died in 2015 – since January this year after they both spent New Year’s Eve in Dubai and are said to have enjoyed a series of dates in the UK.

Well, we really hope Kate decides to come back to TOWIE – who else is going to make Dan feel super awkward?