EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Goodger ‘devastated’ after ex-boyfriend moves in with close family friend

Lauren Goodger has been left devastated after learning her ex-boyfriend has struck up a relationship and moved in with one of her oldest family friends.

The star was left “blind-sided and upset” after learning that Charles Drury is now dating someone she has known for at least 10 years.

A friend of both women said: “The new relationship has caused huge ructions. Lauren has known her for years, and counted her as a very close friend.

“She even helped comfort Lauren when she lost the baby. She’s devastated that she is now not only seeing her ex, but that he has moved into her home. Lauren doesn’t care that Charles is dating in the slightest, but the fact it’s someone she considered a confidante.”

It’s the latest anguish to befall Lauren.

She was left heartbroken after her daughter Lorena was stillborn on July 8 – just minutes after she was born.

She was then allegedly assaulted on the day of her baby’s funeral. Boyfriend Charles, with whom she has a one-year-old called Larose, was later arrested and bailed following the incident.

Former TOWIE star Lauren has previously said how she was focusing on “self love” and “slowly getting back to normal life”.

The friend added: “Lauren is trying to keep her spirits up, but this has hit her for six, it’s come at a terrible time – emotionally she is vulnerable. She is amazing the way she is coping with it all, being a single mum and grieving.”

Lauren has previously spoken of Lorena’s traumatic birth.

The 35-year-old had been hoping for a home birth but was rushed to hospital when her midwife could no longer hear her baby’s heartbeat.

“I never ever thought I would have to plan a funeral for my child,” said the devastated TOWIE star.

“It shouldn’t happen. It breaks my heart that I won’t see her grow up.”

She learned the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck in the womb.

Despite the best efforts of medics who tried to resuscitate the tot, Lorena was pronounced dead. A postmortem has been ordered to determine exactly what went wrong.

“I’m not getting anywhere by blaming myself,” Lauren said at the time.

She added: “I have to try and move forwards and accept it. First, I need to understand it. She was just perfect.”

She has locks of her daughter’s hair, and carries around a photograph of her in a locket.

Drury was approached for comment but declined.