James Argent, 34, has found love again with 18-year-old Stella Turian

EXCLUSIVE ‘They’re smitten with each other’: TOWIE’s James Argent, 34, has found love again with Italian film star Stella Turian, 18, who is 16 years his junior after the pair met in Mykonos

James Argent has found love again for the first time since his on-off relationship with Gemma Collins, MailOnline can reveal.

The former TOWIE star, 34, is ‘smitten’ with Italian actress Stella Turian, 18, who’s 16 years his junior, after the couple met three months ago in Mykonos.

Sources close to the pair say that it was ‘love at first sight’ for James, who hasn’t felt this way for years, and he’s ‘determined’ to make this relationship the best of his life.

‘They’re in love’: James Argent has found love again for the first time since his on-off relationship with Gemma Collins, MailOnline can reveal (pictured in August 2022) 

‘James and Stella are in love, they fell for each other the moment they met and have spent as much time together as possible since,’ a source told MailOnline.

‘This is a big deal for James – he hasn’t been in a relationship for years because he’s been working on himself and finally now, he’s ready to share his life with someone.

‘The age difference hasn’t played any part in their romance so far, they’ve holidayed together in Italy and Marbella, getting to know each other away from the spotlight.’  

James met Stella, who would have been six-years-old when he first appeared on TOWIE in 2010, while he was in Mykonos attending a friend’s wedding, and they have been inseparable since.

The happy couple were seen passionately kissing and James lovingly gazed into Stella’s eyes this week in photos published by Sun Online. 

Gorgeous: The former TOWIE star, 34, is ‘smitten’ with Italian actress Stella Turian, 18, who’s 16 years his junior, after the couple met three months ago in Mykonos 

Stella appears in the film ‘Infiniti’, which screened at this year’s Venice Film Festival that was also attended by the likes of A-listers Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, and Timothée Chalamet. 

The jetsetter was also at the Monaco Grand Pix this summer, and documented the trip on her Instagram, which is littered with glamorous bikini pictures. 

James hasn’t publicly dated anyone since the end of his turbulent romance with former TOWIE co-star Gemma, 41, who was left brokenhearted on multiple occasions after James called her names and they fell out on and off screen.

He also dated TOWIE’s Lydia Bright, 31, who is now a mum to daughter Loretta while Gemma is engaged to fiancé Rami Hawash. 

New start: Sources close to the pair say that it was ‘love at first sight’ for James, who hasn’t felt this way for years, and he’s ‘determined’ to make this relationship the best of his life 

Star-studded: Stella appears in film ‘Infiniti’, which screened at this year’s Venice Film Festival that was also attended by the likes of A-listers Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Gemma Chan

In 2021, James underwent ‘lifesaving’ gastric sleeve surgery and has since lost over 14 stone. 

He decided to have the operation after his weight fluctuated following his seven-year battle with depression and drug abuse. 

The reality star has spoken openly about his addiction struggles with cocaine and food, previously saying he feared ‘that he was eating himself to death.’ 

In 2020, James went to a rehabilitation clinic in Thailand where he spent 10 weeks recovering from two near fatal overdoses. 

Exes: James hasn’t publicly dated anyone since the end of his turbulent romance with former TOWIE co-star Gemma, 41 (pictured together in 2018)

Speaking in May 2020, he said: ‘I’m in my 30s now and I have fully accepted that my life had become completely unmanageable a) with drugs and b) with my eating disorder.’ 

In an interview on This Morning, he explained: ‘From a young age I’ve always struggled with body image and sometimes when you see me being smiley and happy it can be to cover up – it was almost like wearing a mask.

‘When you come off a huge show like TOWIE and I’m sure the Love Islanders can relate, you start getting booked up for nightclub appearances and I remember I was finding myself in nightclubs up and down the country six nights a week and I was drinking most of those nights and then I started doing drugs more and more.

‘My addiction started really badly when my friends and family recognised I had a problem and an addiction, which was a year and a half into TOWIE.’

Overhaul: In 2021, James underwent ‘lifesaving’ gastric sleeve surgery and has since lost over 14 stone (pictured in August 2019)

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