James ‘Arg’ Argent has hit the headlines once again after ‘fat-shaming’ his own girlfriend in March 2019.
He and girlfriend Gemma Collins scrubbed up well for the National Television Awards back in January.
Arg was certainly 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.
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.
2012 – Arg runs a marathon
In 2012 Arg went for it and ran The London Marathon.
He was also getting his teeth into being a reality TV star with TOWIE really taking off.
Arg looks the epitome of tall, dark and handsome stood next to his co-star Sam Faiers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arg also appeared on friend and TOWIE co-star Ferne McCann’s TV show ‘First Time Mum’ where he sang a rendition of Inner Circle’s ‘Sweat (A La La La La Long)’ at baby Sunday’s first birthday party.
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.”
‘I was thrown out of the flat.’@RealJamesArgent opens up about his relationship with reality star Gemma Collins and said he deeply regrets the comments he made about her weight. pic.twitter.com/XGFJdyR9DM
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 11, 2019
Will Arg be in Series 24?
In 2018 Arg pulled out of filming for series 23 of TOWIE because he 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”.
Arg then checked himself into another rehab facility following a difficult summer, which included filming for the Gemma Collins Diva Espana series in Marbella.
Arg told OK! Online: It’s not been an easy time but I’m happy to be back in a programme that gives me the ongoing support that I need.
There have been no announcements that Arg will return for TOWIE Thailand in 2019.
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