Lauren Goodger has been open about her upset at the passing of her late ex boyfriend Jake McLean, who sadly lost his life in a car crash in Turkey in July.
And now she has moved back in to the home she once shared with Jake, who she dated from 2012 to 2016.
Jake passed away within weeks of tragically losing her newborn daughter Lorena, and a source close to Lauren says that the 36 year old believes the two are "looking down on her".
They exclusively told OK!: "She looks back on her relationship with Jake with fondness. She likes to think he’s looking down on her with her angel baby, Lorena."
The source continues that the reality star wanted to return to her old home to feel closer to Jake, who was travelling with TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou at the time of the crash.
“Lauren is all settled into her home. It’s the house she shared with Jake when they were together,” they said. “She wanted to be back there because it’s her happy place with lots of happy memories.
The house is in Loughton, Essex, and Lauren is said to have sold everything from her previous house that she lived in with Charles Drury following their split.
Lauren and builder and amateur footballer Charles are also parents to daughter Larose, who was born in July 2021.
Her move comes after it was revealed Charles, 25, has moved in with one of her closest pals after they started a relationship.
He had also been arrested for an alleged bust-up with Lauren on the day of their daughter’s funeral, but later released on police bail.
And while Lauren popped Prosecco in her pad and toasted to “happy times” and “new beginnings”, her friends are said to worried that living in the same home she shared with Jake will be difficult for her.
“Although Lauren is happy there, friends are concerned she might be living in the past a little bit,” the source added.
“They want her to look to the future rather than take any steps back. Living in the house again will obviously remind her of Jake and they’re worried it could upset her.
“But Lauren insists she’s happy there and she sees herself being there for the foreseeable.”
A representative for Lauren told us: “Lauren’s focus is very much on the future and moving onwards.
"The treasured memories of Jake are part of her historical make-up that continue to drive her forwards – nothing is holding her back.”
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