There have been rumours aplenty that original TOWIE cast member Jessica Wright is quitting the ITVBe show, but she insists it’s all just speculation.
“It’s just rumours,” Jessica told RadioTimes.com, adding, “I’m happy at the minute.”
Jessica has been with the show since its launch in 2010 and has had her fair share of Essex-based drama. But while Jessica’s certainly keeping herself busy – fashion lines and a three-book deal in addition to her filming commitments – she says nothing has come along to tempt her away from the series just yet.
“Not particularly, no. I’m happy at the minute with things and how they’re going,” she said. “I think you can never tell with the future. If something was to come up that would take me away from TOWIE, then who knows. But at the minute there’s not.”
Indeed, sources close to the show tell us that with the current series drawing to a close, filming on an ‘exit scene’ would already be in motion if Jessica had decided to leave.
Though Jessica does admit there are times when a break from the drama would be welcome.
“Yeah of course. Sometimes it does get a bit too much. I think that’s the same for all of the characters. It’s one of those things that you have to try and monitor. You get a lot of support behind the scenes and stuff. That’s what we’ve signed up for.”
So can we expect the same TOWIE-style level of mischief in Jessica’s first fictional novel Sparkling Stilettos?
“Yeah, there’s lot of drama,” Jessica teased. “The first chapter in particular is one of my favourites as it’s quite mad what happens.”
The book itself, a collaboration with a ghostwriter, is part of a three-book deal following a shoe designer eager to make it in the world of showbiz. Her publisher Totally Bound bills itself as the ‘home of erotic romance’, but don’t expect the next Fifty Shades of Grey.
“It has got some sex in it and stuff,” Jessica admitted, adding “but I’ve had to tone it down as I’ve got a young fan base. I don’t want them reading vulgar stuff.”
Sparkling Stilettos is available to pre-order now (on sale from 23rd July). TOWIE continues on Wednesday at 10:30pm on ITVBe