Lauren Goodger has spoken out about her “hellish year” after the tragic loss of her little daughter Lorena, a bitter breakup with her partner and the death of her ex-boyfriend.
The reality TV personality, 36, looks ahead to what’s to come in 2023 as she reflects on the “massive trauma” she’s been going through over the past 12 months.
Speaking to MailOnline, Lauren put on a brave face as she arrived at the Inspiration Awards in London on Friday night, where she said she was “ready to return to the industry in the right way after a series of difficult events”.
‘Hell of a Year’: TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger has spoken to MailOnline about her ‘Hell of a Year’ following the tragic loss of her baby daughter, the bitter split from her partner and the death of her ex
Explaining why she wanted to come to the event, Lauren said: “It’s an amazing thing, I can’t wait to hear all the stories.
“I feel like I’ve been through a hell of a lot and I feel like going there was the right thing for me to do. I’ve been asked for many things, I’m slowly coming back.
“I’ve taken a break and am now ready to return to the industry in the right way.
“I’m very new to this, like I said, I’ve been through massive trauma, I’m not going to sugarcoat it, but everyone knows it and I feel like one day I want to inspire other women.”
Split: Lauren said she finds her strength in being a mother to her daughter Larose, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Charles Drury (pictured together)
Lauren said she finds her strength in being the mother of her daughter Larose, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Charles Drury.
It is understood their relationship ended bitterly last year and at their second daughter Lorena’s funeral, Lauren is said to have been attacked, leaving her with a black eye in the days that followed.
Charles, 25, was later arrested after the incident and released on bail.
The former TOWIE star confirmed the devastating news of her newborn’s death in an Instagram post last July, admitting Lorena was born “without complications” before her death.
Tragic: The former TOWIE star confirmed the devastating news of her newborn’s death in an Instagram post in July last year, admitting the child was born “without complications” before her death
Lauren is focused on being the best mom she can to Larose.
“Larose, my daughter, I think I’m the mother of the most amazing little girl I’ve ever had in my life,” Lauren told MailOnline.
“She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I’m a very strong person. I’ve been through a lot. And I feel like I want to be there…
“I am strong, independent and I want to inspire young girls and other mothers who are going through similar things. And only you know that everything happens for a reason and you just don’t like it… life goes on.
Painful: Lauren’s ex Jake McClean tragically died in a car accident that injured his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou (pictured is a snap Lauren took at Jake’s funeral)
Just days before their daughter’s death, her ex-boyfriend Jake McClean tragically died in a car accident that seriously injured his on-off partner Yazmin Oukhellou.
Jake, who was 33, was driving in Bodrum, Turkey on Sunday when his car went over a hill before emergency services rushed to save him.
Now living as a single mom, Lauren admitted she is unsure about her future dating life.
Single Mom: Now living as a single mom, Lauren revealed that she is unsure about her future dating life
Concern: Lauren recently raised concerns after deleting all of her posts on Instagram and deleting everything from her grid while keeping her video rolls intact
She explained: “I don’t know. The main thing is just to be happy and like I’m not looking openly… I’m just doing my thing and being a mom. Yes.’
Lauren recently sparked concern after deleting all of her posts on Instagram and deleting everything from her grid while keeping her video rolls intact.
She said: “I have literally archived all of my posts. Everyone said, “What’s up?” My family said, “Have you blocked me?” I say, “No, I’ll start over.”
Exes: Lauren and Charles’ relationship ended bitterly last year and at the funeral of their second daughter Lorena, Lauren is said to have been attacked, leaving her with a black eye in the days that followed. Charles was later arrested after the incident and released on bail
“I archived everything online for myself. I just want to move forward. So I’ll start again.”
After being away for some time, Lauren said she has a lot of plans as she embarks on her comeback in the industry: “There’s so much I want to do, I’m doing my own charity for Lorena, yeah I’m just doing mom more -Things.
“It’s a different picture now, it wasn’t Lauren Goodger before, it’s Lauren Goodger now. I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’ve been through more.”
Out and about: Lauren stunned in a lace mesh crop top and gold maxi skirt while leading the stars at the Inspiration Awards for Women in London on Friday
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