The 31-year-old Essex boy chats us through his return to TOWIE…
Charlie, you’re back on the show! How does it feel to be making a comeback after you left in 2013?
It feels really good, and like I’m finally being true to myself, which is such a relief. I came out as gay after I first left TOWIE and my life’s a lot different now.
Do you think it’ll be a different experience for
you on the show now?
Yes, because I’m actually myself. I finally feel like me, and I’m a lot more certain with my opinions. I knew that I wasn’t being true to myself before. Now I’m out, I feel like the real me. There’s potential for fireworks!
What have you been up to since leaving our screens?
I’m a personal trainer now and I love my job. I’ve been training Gemma Collins! I chose to focus on myself when I left the show and that’s really allowed me to build up my confidence. I love my business and I think I’ll be training a lot of the guys on the show – if they’ll let me.
Why didn’t you sign up to any reality shows?
It’s a well-trodden path, but I didn’t feel like it was for me and I wanted some time out of the limelight. Going into the jungle or doing Celebrity Big Brother wouldn’t have been right for me, especially as I hadn’t come out yet when I left TOWIE.
Are there any people you’re wary of seeing now you’re back on TOWIE?
I wouldn’t say wary, but Bobby Norris and I have a few things that we need to talk about as we fell out a little in the past. I’m sure that we can put it all behind us, though. I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends – and making new ones, as the cast has changed quite a bit since I left. I’m just really happy and excited to be back.
The Only Way Is Essex is on ITVBe at 10pm on Wednesdays and Sundays