James ‘Arg’ Argent hit the headlines back in March 2019 after ‘fat-shaming’ his own girlfriend, Gemma Collins.

Arg has certainly been looking bigger than his former self, though, as anyone who’s followed the reality TV star from his first days on The Only Way is Essex will know.

Back in 2010 Arg was a sliver of his current self. Now, Arg is more accustomed to wearing girlfriend Gemma Collins’s tracksuit because apparently, they’re “both the same size”.

Here’s how Arg’s character has grown over the last nine years, developing into a more well-rounded version of himself.

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Arg in 2010

Throwing it right back to when The Only Way is Essex first started, Arg looked the picture of health.

Here he is with co-star and best pal Mark Wright in 2010.

Arg and Mark Wright in 2010 (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Arg and Mark Wright in 2010 (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

2011 – Arg and Lydia

During the early days of TOWIE Arg was dating Lydia Bright.

He and the Essex girl had been together years and Arg was pretty much part of her family.

Arg may be repping a questionable polo top and jumper combo here but he’s looking much slimmer.

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Arg and Lydia Bright in 2o11 (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)

2012 – Arg runs a marathon

In 2012 Arg went for it and ran The London Marathon.

Arg was also getting his teeth into being a reality TV star with TOWIE really taking off.

He looks the epitome of tall, dark and handsome stood next to his co-star Sam Faiers.

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Arg ran The London Marathon 2012 (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Arg and Sam Faiers in 2012 (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

TOWIE takes off

As the years ticked over and Arg became a TOWIE OG he looked as though he started to gain weight.

Here he is in 2014 taking a stroll with friends Tom Pearce and James ‘Diags’ Bennewith.

Though Arg may have stopped counting the calories, he still looks happy as ever with his mates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: James 'Arg' Argent, Tom Pearce and James 'Diags' seen filming TOWIE in South Woodford on February 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)

Arg filming for TOWIE 2014 (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)

Arg looks slimmer in 2015

A year later in 2015, Arg looks to have shed a few pounds.

Still dating his on/off girlfriend Lydia, Arg clearly pulled out all the stops for this occasion including a classic David Dickinson style spray tan.

Nevertheless, he looks slimmer in the face and wears a fitted shirt and trousers.

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Arg and Lydia 2015 (Photo credit should read Eagle Lee / Barcroft Media via GC Images)

Arg’s weight 2017 onwards

In May 2016 Arg split with his on/off girlfriend of eight years, Lydia Bright.

In 2016 and 2017 Arg still looks his former self.

Then December 2017 came around and Arg made things official with Gemma Collins.

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Arg and Gemma Collins 2017 (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

And from 2017 to 2018 he ballooned in size.

Things in Arg’s personal life looked to be rocky which were perhaps the cause of his weight gain.

Arg was supposed to feature in Gemma Collins’s TV special ‘Diva Espana’ but due to the couple breaking up he didn’t appear on the show.

Gemma actually roped in pal, Chloe Sims, to help remove all of her items from her and Arg’s Spanish villa.

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Arg and Gemma 2018 (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: James Argent seen attending National Television Awards at The O2 on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)

James Argent in 2019 (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)

Arg today and the ‘death row’ diagnosis

James Argent in 2019 looks a totally different version of himself.

Although his weight gain may seem like a negative, 31-year-old Arg looks happier than ever with girlfriend Gemma.

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(Photo by HGL/GC Images)

On March 11th 2019 Arg was blasted by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan for ‘fat-shaming’ his girlfriend, Gemma Collins following a lover’s tiff.

Arg apparently sent nasty messages to Gemma concerning her weight.

Piers harped: “No offence mate but you’re not exactly in a position to lecture anybody about their weight.”

Arg agreed: “Listen it was pot, kettle, black. I’m a hypocrite.”

But it seems that Arg is taking his weight gain seriously after doctors warned him his dramatic increase in size was putting him on “Death Row”!

In a snap he shared to Instagram, Arg is getting in the boxing ring to try and sort out his weight issues.

Good on you Arg!

Arg: TOWIE series 24

In 2019 The Sun reported that Arg will no longer be working with Lime Pictures – the company that produces TOWIE.

Arg is said to have failed a drugs test around April 2019 which prompted bosses to “sever ties”.

Back in 2018, during the filming for series 23, Arg went into rehab. This was the third time in his career.

In 2014, the 30-year-old entered a rehab facility after he was suspended from The Only Way is Essex for wild partying.

Three years later, in 2017, he entered another facility in Thailand to help overcome a “cycle of depression”.

 

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