Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean’s relationship was in the ‘best place’ before he was killed


EXCLUSIVE ‘Friends expected him to propose’: Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean’s relationship was in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident

Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident.

Friends close to the TOWIE star, 28, and Jake, 33, believed they weren’t far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year.

On Sunday, Jake lost his life after he drove his car off a cliff in Bodrum, Turkey, while Yazmin was left seriously injured and is currently recovering in hospital.

'They were so close': Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean were in the 'best place' before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident

‘They were so close’: Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident

A source told MailOnline: ‘Yazmin and Jake were so close; they had fallen back in love with each other and were busy making plans for their future.

‘Those closest to them believed Jake wasn’t far off proposing to Yazmin after the two had discussed getting married.

‘It’s terribly tragic what’s happened, Yazmin is devastated, and is still struggling to get her head around everything.’

Jake was killed during the early hours of Sunday morning after driving his car off a cliff in Turkey.

'Devastated': Friends close to the TOWIE star and Jake believed they weren't far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year

‘Devastated’: Friends close to the TOWIE star and Jake believed they weren’t far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year 

His on-off girlfriend Yazmin was a passenger and is being treated in hospital for severe injuries to her arm while her family have flown to Turkey to be with her. 

Jake’s family are said to be ‘devastated’ by their loss.

Speaking from her east London home today, Jake’s auntie, Sheila McLean, said: ‘Jake was so lovely. We’re all so upset.’

Yazmin and Jake, who previously dated TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger, 35, for four years, went public with their relationship in May last year.

After initially keeping their romance a secret, Yazmin shared a photo of herself with Jake, covering his face with an emoji.

She captioned the post: ‘We’ve been through more than most. Had our ups and downs but I wouldn’t have us any other way.’

Former romance: On Monday, Lauren expressed her sadness at Jake's passing, writing: 'R.I.P Jake. I have no words right now'

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

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 

On Monday, Lauren expressed her sadness at Jake’s passing, writing: ‘R.I.P Jake. I have no words right now.

‘My thoughts are with your family and friends.’

She ended the tribute with a broken love heart and angel emoji.

She dated Jake from 2012 until 2016 while she appeared on TOWIE, Dancing On Ice, and Celebrity Big Brother. 

Lauren is currently expecting her second child with partner Charles Drury and is expected to give birth any day now. 

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