Charlie is heading out with the boys this evening

TOWIE‘s Charlie Sims is 23 today!

But there’s one person who’ll be missing from his celebrations tonight – his ex-girlfriend Ferne McCann, who he split from last week.

In fact, Charlie‘s decided to have a lads’ evening to mark the special occasion.

The group of boys – who will include his co-stars Joey Essex, Mario Falcone and James ‘Arg’ Argent – are heading to Brentwood eatery Alec’s Restaurant.

Charlie revealed his plans to his Twitter fans yesterday.

‘Looking forward to @AlecsRestaurant tomorrow night with @JoeyEssex_ @Mario_Falcone @ionutz_dutca @RealJamesArgent rob & greg! #Birthday #23,’ he wrote.

Despite his and Ferne‘s unexpected break-up, it sounded as though Charlie was pretty excited about his big day, continuing: ’40 mins.. Then I’m off to bed. #BirthdayBoy23.’

And today he’s been happily thanking followers for their best wishes.

The couple ended their long-term on-off romance on Thursday, after Charlie gave Ferne the ultimatum: ‘It’s me or the show.’ He quit TOWIE at the same time.

Charlie announced the news via a series of shock Tweets the next morning and Ferne, 24, has since told us: ‘I’m in shock more than anything.’

However, the pretty brunette has been putting a very brave face on things. At the weekend, she revealed on Twitter that she’d ‘not stopped laughing’ on a night out with pals.

Meanwhile, Charlie admitted to suffering from insomnia. He Tweeted on Sunday: ‘Literally have the worst sleeping pattern recently .. Do not feel tired one bit! 😣 help..’

Perhaps his and Ferne‘s split had been playing on his mind?

If that was the case, the deli owner reassured devotees yesterday that he was feeling much more positive after a couple of promising business meetings, calling them ‘great’.

And we’re sure Mario and co will be VERY keen to show him a good time tonight.

WATCH! See Ferne McCann show us around Charlie’s deli…

  

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