TOWIE star Lauren Goodger defends her new fiance Mark Wright

The Only Way Is Essex‘s Lauren Goodger says fiancé Mark Wright doesn’t deserve his love rat tag.

The hunk has been labelled a lothario because he had flings with Playboy model Kayla Collins and TOWIE co-stars Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh just weeks before he proposed to his girl.

But faithful fiancée Lauren, 24, says Mark, 24, technically didn’t cheat on her.

‘It’s easy for people to get confused with who he’s seeing and who he isn’t [on the TV show],’ she explains.

‘But as far as I know, when he’s been seeing these other girls, we’ve been broken up.

‘I don’t think Mark is a cheater. I think we’ve just broken up a lot. This is where people get confused.’

Lauren and Mark met at an Essex high school aged 15 and have been together on and off ever since.

At the start of the second series of TOWIE, viewers saw the couple get engaged.

‘We’ve showed everyone that we’re for real and that it’s me he wants,’ Lauren tells the Daily Mirror.

‘It’s true love.’

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Naomi Kent