TOWIEs Harry Derbidge says new boyfriend Jackson Lonergan has shown me what true love is

TOWIEs Harry Derbidge says new boyfriend Jackson Lonergan has shown me what true love is

09/06/2022

The Only Way Is Essex favourite Harry Derbidge has admitted he feels "back to the old funny and quirky Harry" after falling head over heels with new beau Jackson Lonergan.

The 28-year-old reality star – who first joined the TOWIE cast as an original member aged 16 – exclusively told OK! this week that he knew from the second he met his future boyfriend and roomie that he'd "fall in love with him".

"We’re going really well," he laughs as we catch up on the phone. "I didn’t expect to meet Jack as quick as I did, but the second I met him I knew he was such a good soul and that I would fall in love with him.

"He’s really shown me what true love is. I feel like I’m in a very good place."

Harry called it quits with his ex-fiancé Dean Rowland in October last year following a two-year engagement and four year romance, saying that he still has the "utmost respect" for his ex.

Despite this, Harry claims this year is 'his' year, and has finally found true happiness.

"Over the past couple of years I’d lost myself, but 2022 is definitely a strong year for me. I’ve found happiness, not just with Jackson but in myself, and I feel like when you watch this new series of TOWIE you can tell that I’m back to the old funny and quirky Harry."

The on-screen favourite went Instagram official with new love Jackson in February this year, sharing a string of loved-up snaps with his new man, Jackson Lonergan. He wrote alongside the post: “Made it official. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Reflecting on how the pair struck up their exciting new romance, Harry told OK!: "He actually didn’t want to meet me at first, he wasn’t interested at all.

"I’d asked him if he wanted to go on a date through a mutual friend and he said no. I ended up persuading him and we had the best first date ever. Since that we’ve just grown to love each other."

He added, "I never used to listen to my heart, I would listen to my head and my head would tell me to do things that make other people happy. But what I’ve done now is walk away from bad situations to better myself.

"Sometimes it’s OK to walk away from things if they don’t make you happy."

The Only Way Is Essex airs Sundays at 9pm on ITVBe, with new episodes available on ITV Hub from 7am that day.

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