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Towie's Yazmin Oukhellou quits the show to live in Dubai after split with James Lock

TOWIE'S Yazmin Oukhellou has quit The Only Way Is Essex to live in Dubai after her split from James Lock.

The 26-year-old has turned her back on the reality show for a fresh start in the Middle East.

The couple went their separate ways earlier this month after an explosive row in the UAE city.

James told OK!: “We’ve broken up. We tried to make it work and we really thought it was going to be different this time but things don’t always work out as you’d expect.

“I have a lot of love for Yaz and a huge amount of respect for her but we’re just better apart."

While Yazmin said: "James and I have split up amicably. I love James but we're not good together.

"It couldn't go on the way it was so I told James we should end things and he agreed."


It had been reported that Yazmin was "desperate" to leave Dubai after a furious bust-up.

The exes – who only got back together last October after splitting in 2019 – were in Dubai on a business trip.

However, a huge argument left their relationship in tatters.

"They had a very nasty row. People have been trying to get hold of them, but their phones are off," a source told the MailOnline.

The Essex pair were together for two years before splitting in August 2019.

The Sun revealed at the time that Yazmin accused Lockie of "cheating" on her with a group of women in a hotel room in Turkey.

She originally begged James for the truth on "her hands and knees" before eventually telling us her story.


She said: "We had an argument and then James went out with some random guys and left me alone in the hotel room.

"I then got a message on Instagram from a girl who said James had gone to a room with a group of girls and guys nine doors down.

"I was then banging on the door like a lunatic and he wouldn't answer or come out of the room. I saw three girls come out of the room, one of them pulling their knickers up.

"At first he said he wasn't in that room and he was in a different room.

"But then he admitted he was but said he had passed out. He said he didn't do anything but I doubt they were playing Monopoly.

"Whether he did cheat or not our relationship died that night. I was on the floor being sick and crying my heart out and he still didn't come home until 12pm the next day."

The couple have endured an on/off relationship since they started dating back in 2017.

However, the pair reunited in Majorca last year nearly a year after their first split.

A spokesperson for TOWIE confirmed: “Yaz has decided to stay in Dubai to pursue a career in real estate so she won’t be starting this series of The Only Way is Essex. 

"We support this decision and wish her well in this new venture. As with other cast, the door remains open should she return to Essex.”

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