CHRIS Clark is enjoying a bit of a calmer life now after a busy few months in the press.
First he was caught up in a race row and then his ex-girlfriend Jesy Nelson’s close pals claimed his relationship with her was just a publicity stunt he cooked up to boost his profile.
Who is Chris Clark?
Chris Clark is a 22-year-old who was studying graphic design at Anglia Ruskin University before joining the Towie cast.
Since joining the ITVBe series he has become popular on Instagram and has over 224,000 followers.
He often takes topless snaps of his bulging muscles, promptly sending his fans into a swoon.
When did Chris Clark start appearing in The Only Way Is Essex?
Chris Clark joined the 17th series of the ITVBe show alongside his older brother Jon in 2016.
His first series saw him spending most of the time trying to woo Courtney Green, but to no avail.
When the 18th series aired in July 2016 Chris introduced his girlfriend Amber Dowding.
But the pair later split in the autumn after a series of rows and at the time he claimed that other gossiping cast members led to their split.
The Sun Online revealed in November that Chris had an explosive meltdown during the finale of the show after a scene with his ex-girlfriend.
His brother Jon was previously took part in Love Island and briefly dated busty Hannah Elizabeth.
How was Chris Clark caught up in a race row?
When The Sun Online approached Chris’ representatives with the messages, they responded: “The posts are from four and six years ago when Chris was only fifteen and seventeen years old.
“These are not the kinds of messages which represent him in 2017.
“He was a big fan of rap music and foolishly adopted some of the lyrics of his favourite artists in these posts.
“He understands how inappropriate these messages are, particularly now he reaches wider audiences and he deeply regrets his actions.
“He apologises unreservedly to anyone offended by these posts and reiterates that he had no ill intention.”
The messages have since been deleted from Chris’ account – where he has over 77,000 followers.
Why did Chris Clark and Jesy Nelson break up?
After the pair split, there were absurd claims circulating that the couple broke up because Chris couldn’t deal with the limelight.
Chris was revealed to have cruelly dumped Jesy out of the blue on the phone while she was away on tour in the US, giving little reason for his decision.
And contrary to reports that he was sad about the split, he was reportedly very blunt, making it clear there was no chance of a reconciliation.
Jesy’s friends fear the wannabe may have used her fame to boost his profile and plans to get back with Amber Dowding as a storyline for Towie.
And many of them are furious at the suggestion Chris ended the romance as he isn’t comfortable in the limelight — while starring in a reality TV show.
A source explained: “Jesy has been upset by the break-up.
“The next day Chris followed his ex-girlfriend Amber on Instagram again and they started interacting online. Jesy’s pals are suspicious about this behaviour.
“There are stories doing the rounds that Chris is hopeful that they can get back together, but many of us think this is all designed to make him look like the hurt party before he gets back with Amber.”