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Lucy Mecklenburgh rules our permanent TOWIE return

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Lucy Mecklenburgh rules our permanent TOWIE return

Lucy Mecklenburgh will never make a "permanent" return to 'The Only Way is Essex'

The 24-year-old reality TV star turned her back on the show two years ago in order to focus on her fitness venture and, although she hasn't ruled out going back for a few scenes, she's adamant she'll never make the programme her priority.

She explained: "I wouldn't go back permanently, but Lydia Bright is one of my best friends, so if anything happened to her that meant me going back, I'd definitely consider it."

Since waving the cameras goodbye, the brunette beauty has managed to build herself a fitness empire and a clothing brand but she has admitted it took hard work and long hours.

She said: "It feels so long ago [since I left] but I've done a lot of growing up - I started on the show when I was 19 but I were to walk on set now, I'd still know what to do.

"A lot of people expect that with fame comes fortune but things aren't handed to you."

And it's taken a while for Lucy to shake off the reality TV star tag but believes she's now recognised for her business.

She told Star magazine: "I wanted a credible fitness business as there are so many reality stars doing weight loss DVDs. I'm glad people can see past the reality star stigma."