Mark has won over Michelle's family

Mark Wright admits his reputation made Michelle Keegan and her family a bit wary of him to begin with.

The ex-TOWIE star, who was previously engaged to Lauren Goodger, started seeing Michelle a few months after she split from The Wanted‘s Max George in 2012 and wanted to prove himself to her.

Michelle had just come out of a relationship,’ says Mark, 27.

We both lived far away from each other and had different jobs.

In the past I have lived like a lot of young boys – meeting a lot of people and having a fun time, but the moment I met Michelle I was a completely different man.

In the beginning Michelle did say to me, “I imagined you would be different.” I tried to explain myself but she said, “Don’t go there.”‘

Mark clearly won Michelle over quite quickly as the couple got engaged in September last year.

The TV star has also formed a close bond with his fiancée’s relatives though admits it took some time to convince her father.

I get on with her family so well, and her dad keeps me in place,’ Mark tells the Mirror.

At first he wouldn’t let loose until he got to know me. Now he likes me and we play badminton and golf together.’

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Anna Francis