James Argent reveals he started using drugs ‘heavily’ after Lydia Bright heartbreak to ‘escape the pain’

James Argent has candidly opened up about how he became addicted to cocaine, after revealing his addiction issues earlier this week.

The 32 year old former The Only Way Is Essex star James spoke honestly about how regular nightclub appearances caused him to use cocaine “more and more”.

But, his addiction worsened after his heartbreak over his split from Lydia Bright.

Former TOWIE stars James and Lydia began dating in 2007, before their reality fame and had an on and off romance for nine years – which eventually ended in 2016.

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The couple first split in 2012 after Arg was accused of cheating on Lydia, 30.

And now the star has admitted his addiction, though it was already there, had worsened after the breakup.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford via video link on This Morning, James revealed the attention from women during regular nightclub appearances “went to his head” which caused Lydia to split from Arg.

He said: “When I got to TOWIE, the whole thing was a shock to me. I’d only had one girlfriend my whole life, that was Lydia, I wasn’t earning any money before TOWIE, I was going from job to job trying to make it as a wedding singer.


“Then, all of a sudden I started earning good money every week, I had lots of attention from women in nightclubs and stuff and that kind of went all to my head.

“And when Lydia broke up with me, I suppose it was a bit of a shock and I struggled to deal with that.”

Arg revealed his drug use became more regular as he tried to “escape” the pain of his heartbreak.

The reality star said: “The pain that I was going through from the heartbreak I started using drugs heavily, more so to try and escape the feelings, the pain.

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“And I was also battling with the insecurities of how I looked on television and I was just eating and eating to comfort myself and stuff and then I thought: ‘If I get Lydia back that will be the answer to all my problems,’ so I got her back and I was so deep into addiction I couldn’t stop. So that relationship ended.”

James, who recently admitted he “hated” girlfriend Gemma Collins for her tough love approach to his addiction, also revealed his habit first started when he toured the country doing personal appearances in nightclubs.

He said: “I remember when I first started The Only Way Is Essex and, by the way I’m not putting any blame into that whatsoever, but I think, when I started TOWIE initially – and I’m sure the Love Islanders can relate – when you come off a big show like that you started getting booked up for nightclub appearances.

“I remember I was in nightclubs up and down the country most nights of the week, probably six nights a week and I remember I was drinking near on all of those nights and I started doing drugs more and more and I think my addiction started, probably really badly when my friends and family recognised it.”

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