Lauren Goodger secretly reconciled with ex Jake McLean and split just two years before his shock death – as the ‘devastated’ star was seen for the first time since his fatal crash
- Jake, 33, was tragically killed in a car crash in Turkey in the early hours of Sunday
- He was driving with TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou was seriously injured
- Yazmin is said to be ‘stable’ and recovering’ in hospital following the crash
- Lauren and Jake dated publicly on and off for four years after meeting in 2012
- It has now been revealed they were romantically linked up until 2020
- They were expecting a child together before Lauren had a miscarriage in 2013
Lauren Goodger was secretly dating her ex-boyfriend Jake McLean up until just two years before his sudden death over the weekend.
Jake, 33, was tragically killed in a car crash in Turkey while driving with TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou, who has been left seriously injured but is ‘recovering’ in hospital.
Lauren and Jake dated publicly on and off for four years after meeting in 2012 and were expecting a child together in 2013 before Lauren suffered a miscarriage.
Long-lasting love: Lauren Goodger was secretly dating her ex-boyfriend Jake McLean up until just two years before his sudden death over the weekend
However it has since been revealed that Lauren and Jake were romantically linked up until 2020, when she began dating her current boyfriend Charles Drury.
An insider told the Sun that they ‘always rekindled their romance and truly loved each other’, and only ended when she sparked her romance with Charles.
Friends close to Lauren told MailOnline the pregnant mother-of-one has been left ‘devastated’ by Jake’s untimely death.
Mother of one Lauren, who is expecting her second child with Charles, 24, broke her silence on the shock death on her Instagram page on Monday.
Shock: Jake, 33, was tragically killed in a car crash in Turkey while driving with TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou, who has been left seriously injured but is ‘recovering’ in hospital
Lauren shared a short message of condolence on her Stories, writing: ‘R.I.P Jake, I have no words right now. My thoughts are with your family & friends.’
Jake’s on/off girlfriend and Lauren’s fellow former TOWIE co-star Yazmin, 28, was also injured during the accident.
It was revealed by MailOnline that Yazmin is in a ‘stable’ condition following the car accident that killed Jake McLean in the early hours of Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Yazmin told MailOnline on Monday evening: ‘Yazmin is stable and recovering in hospital after surgery. Yazmin and her family have requested privacy at this time.’
Brave face: Following the news of her late partner’s death, Lauren looked sombre on Sunday as she was seen running errands with her 11-month-old daughter Larose
The reality star’s mother has flown to Turkey to be by her daughter’s side as she recovers from reportedly extensive arm injuries.
Yazmin had travelled to Bodrum in Turkey last week to join Jake, who had reportedly been there for business.
Friends reported that the couple were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident.
Former romance: On Monday, Lauren expressed her sadness at Jake’s passing, writing: ‘R.I.P Jake. I have no words right now’
Lost for words: The TV star posted ‘my thoughts are with your family and friends’ and ended her tribute with a broken heart and angel emoji
They believed they weren’t far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year.
Following the news of her late partner’s death, Lauren looked sombre on Sunday as she was seen running errands with her 11-month-old daughter Larose.
Lauren previously revealed that she suffered a miscarriage after trying for a baby with Jake while competing on Dancing On Ice in 2013.
The reality star shared her heartbreak on Channel 5 programme, In Therapy, explaining: ‘I was on a TV show that was quite intense. I had to try and perform when I was quite far gone. It didn’t last’.
Heartbreaking: Jake’s on/off girlfriend and Lauren’s fellow former TOWIE co-star Yazmin, 28, was also injured during the accident
Lauren said: ‘I’m the type of person who, when something happens, I move on. That’s how I am. It’s not something I addressed.
She told the therapist that she didn’t take the time to grieve, saying: ‘No, I just moved on’.
In 2019, Lauren was said to have been left feeling ‘betrayed and upset’ after her close pal Yazmin began dating Jake.
A source told Closer: ‘Yaz was someone she opened up to about Jake, so for her to go behind her back and date him, knowing how upset that would make Lauren, feels like a low blow.
‘She doesn’t want to have a big showdown with Yaz, but she’s told pals she can’t see how they can be friends again. She’s heartbroken.’
Jake and Yazmin have endured an on/off romance and it is not known when they rekindled their relationship this year – having previously announced they’d split in January.
The Sun report that Jake was in Turkey for a business deal, and Yazmin had joined him in the tourist resort of Bodrum in recent days.
Shocking: Photos of Jake’s overturned car emerged on Monday, with the vehicle lying on its roof in tall grass as paramedics and police worked on the scene close by
A source said: ‘Apparently Jake was driving when he lost control of the car and it went off a cliff.’
Another insider added to MailOnline: ‘It’s a complete tragedy and a total loss of life. Everyone is in shock and hoping Yazmin makes a full recovery.’
Sources have told the publication that Yazmin has suffered ‘extremely serious’ damage to her arm in the crash.
‘Jake and Yaz are both very well known in our circles, and while he wasn’t a saint this is just unbelievably tragic. Everyone is stunned.’
‘They were so close’: Yazmin and Jake were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident
Another cast member said: ‘Nobody is quite sure what they were doing out there, we thought they’d split up, but apparently he was involved in some sort of business deal.
‘But whatever’s gone on this is just heart-breaking. It sounds very, very serious, perhaps life-changing.’
Dramatic photos emerged of rescue crews at the scene of the fatal car crash near the tourist city of Bodrum, on the Aegean Sea, laying on its roof in darkness on Sunday night amidst knee-high grass.
The front and read doors of the car are open and its lights are on, while emergency crews are standing nearby using torches to peer inside.
Exes: Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with James Lock (pictured in August 2020)
Jake was jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2008 after conning his way into a mother’s house and overpowering her before a masked gang ran in and raided the family home.
He reportedly tricked his way into the property pretending to be an estate agent.
Jake, who was 18 at the time, was part of a gang of six. The other five members ran into the home carrying imitation pistols and threatened to kill their victims if they screamed for help.
It is believed he only served half of his sentence and had been in prison for other convictions since. In 2018 he shared Instagram posts showing himself wearing a leg tag.
Reports: Jake’s car is believed to have been travelling at speed down a hill and careered off the road around a bend before flipping
In 2013, Lauren, who met her former lover via Twitter, admitted she was aware of Jake’s criminal convictions but was willing to oversee his wrongdoings.
She said: ‘Jake told me about his past. I could see how much he regretted his actions. I try to take people as I find them.’
Yazmin and Jake have been dating on and off since May 2021, after the TOWIE star called quits on her long-term relationship with TOWIE co-star James Lock, 35.
Horrifying: Jake’s vehicle swerved off the road and fell 10 feet into a ravine (pictured circled in red), killing him and injuring his partner Yazmin
Yazmin moved to Dubai last year to be with Jake after leaving ITV show TOWIE.
But the reality favourite ended her romance with Jake in January after discovering he had been unfaithful with former Love Island contestant Ellie Jones.
Sources close to Yazmin say her relationship with Jake was ‘pretty toxic at times’.
It is unknown when the pair reconciled and the reason for them being in Turkey, with Yazmin last sharing a photo of herself in London on Tuesday.
Comeback: Yazmin was due to make her return to TOWIE this year after filming with the cast in the Dominican Republic last month