Another original cast member bites the dust

For six years TOWIE has brightened our screens with their awkward, semi-reality TV catchphrases, but the iconic original cast has been whittled down over the years. And now we have to say goodbye to one more: Billie Faiers.

The star has, unfortunately, confirmed she is leaving the show. According to reports in The Sun, the mum-of-one handed in her notice last Friday.

Billie is set to focus on her family, which includes her adorable two-year-old daughter Nelly.

A rep for the reality star told OK! Online: ‘Billie has recently made us aware that she would like to prioritise family life and little Nelly for the rest of the year.

‘We are in full support of this decision and will continue discussing with her how best to move forwards.’

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This doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Billie and little Nelly on our screens: the ITV bosses are happy to work with her if she wants to in the future.

The rep added: ‘Billie is a much loved and valued member of the TOWIE team and we are happy she wants to continue working with us.’

Billie Faiers joined the first series of the show with her sister Sam, who eventually left the show for her own ITVBe series, Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries.

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Now, only Lydia Bright and James Argent are the original cast members from the show. If you’ve been keeping up with TOWIE, you know that their relationship isn’t exactly on the most stable of grounds.

While this is probably not the last we’ll see of Billie, we’ll miss her on our screens!

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