Series 23 of TOWIE got off to a pretty positive start this year.

The Essex peeps were up to their usual shenanigans in episode 1 – tanning, pool parties, gossip and of course some standard confrontation.

However, there was one touching moment, as Tommy Mallet opened up about a health issue that we were previously oblivious too.

The Only Way Is Essex Italia

The Only Way Is Essex has given us a fair few cringe-worthy scenes over the years but the opening of The Only Way Is Essex Italia was on another level.

After that Godfather-style intro attempted by ‘the tripod’ Dan Edgar, Myles Barnett and Diags… shall we just give Diags a BAFTA now?

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Screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

Tommy Mallet Breakdown

Businessman and TOWIE star Tommy opened up about having a mental breakdown after working 19-hour days for three years.

He launched MALLET footwear in 2015 and since then the brand has skyrocketed.

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Tommy Mallet breakdown screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

Tommy explained:

I used to think it was like a weakness and it was only in your head. I went from zero to making something into something massive and I thought I could handle it.

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Screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

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Tommy Mallet breakdown screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

He thanked his long-term girlfriend, Georgia Kousoulou for being there for him.

Georgia said: Just literally have a good time and relax. I think you need it, Tom.”

Tommy also said that he wants to help other people who go through severe anxiety and stress.

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Tommy Mallet breakdown screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

It wasn’t just Tommy and Georgia who were opening up this episode.

Lockie and Yazmin

James ‘Lockie’ Lock and Yazmin Oukhellou had their first (many more to come) argument of the series but made up hours later.

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Screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

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Courtney Green and Myles Barnett Back Together?

No chance!

Courtney is doing her best to get over Myles, throwing his pants, a teddy bear and a painting into a fire – she must mean it this time.

Courtz means business!

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Screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

There’s always going to be agg in Essex and this week is no exception.

Roll on next Sunday!

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