Lauren Goodger has opened up about how her new man and TOWIE co-star Tom Pearce, has helped her to get over her ex Mark Wright.

The romance is her first since the well documented split from her childhood sweetheart and former fiance, and she has told Closer magazine of how she is ready to take the next step with Tom.

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Lauren and Tom share a kiss on TOWIE

“I’ve kissed someone else for the first time since Mark! I’ve been quite nervous, but I’m enjoying it," she said. “I’m finally ready to take the next step and sleep with someone new. I need to move on and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

“We went on a date, then he dropped me home. We’ve been out clubbing. Nothing’s happened!” she added. “We kissed, but there’s been nothing as in sex – not yet!”

Lauren also posed in a revealing black cat suit as she spoke about her battle to lose weight after seeing pictures of herself looking "dumpy" in Miami. Her words, not ours!

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Lauren is "happy" with her figure

The pictures, taken in March, spurred her on to lose a stone in weight. And although she admits that she her motivation has slackened somewhat recently, she claims she is happier with her figure since meeting Tom.

"I’ll always be curvy – I’ve got a bum and boobs!" she said. "But I’m not worrying too much. Sometimes, it’s not always about how you look on the outside – I’m actually happy on the inside now.”

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The full interview and more pictures appear in this week’s Closer magazine, on sale now.

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  • At her thinnest Natalie wanted the whole world to know she'd lost weight. An inevitable work out DVD followed.

  • Former 'Loose Women' star Denise Welch lost over two stone after becoming the face of LigherLife and taking up a new fitness regime in 2013.

  • The Steps singer managed to shed the weight she gained after the band split, but then she fell pregnant and battled to lose it since.

  • Gastric-band-gate swept the nation when it was revealed Fern hadn't exactly told the truth about her weight loss.

  • Dawn French was always been known for being a bit on the larger side, and that's why we loved her. Well, there's less of her to love now as since her split with Lenny she's shed a fair few pounds.

  • That picture on the left actually scares us. It's like she wants us to motorboat in that cleavage. Bleugh.

  • Bristolian comic Justin Lee Collins has gone from rock-sized to rock star after dieting.

  • Former Emmerdale actress Pauline Quirke lost several stone after being told she was morbidly obese.

  • It was revealed that Geri's dramatic weight loss was due to an eating disorder. Luckily she's settled back to a healthy weight now.

  • He's the man of the moment on The X Factor, but after the original Take That split Barlow ballooned.

  • James Corden's role in <em>One Man Two Guv'nors</em> helped him to shift over five stone.

  • TOWIE's Gemma shed four stone on a bid to win Mick Norcross. She gave up the bags of crisps but didn't manage to bag the bloke. Good job she's got Arg now then.

  • Pete's frame isn't the only thing shocking here. WTF is with that hair? Anyway, Pete shed the pounds when he split with Jordan. We didn't hear anything about that?

  • Eh up, don our Kerreh look slim. Must 'av been on t'Weight Watchers.

  • Jack Osbourne has struggled a lot with his size and is still yo-yoing with his weight now.

  • Gerard Butler has never exactly been a porker, but he's swapped his stocky frame for a much leaner one.

  • Jessie Wallace looked unrecognisable after slimming down, but since returning to Easties, Jessie has regained Kat's curvier figure.

  • <em>Superbad</em> actor Jonah Hill made jaws drop across the world when he unveiled his new look at an awards bash. He's hoping to lose more too.

  • The once teeny weeny, leather-chaps wearing Christina Aguilera got tongues a-wagging when she ditched her slight frame.