Who is Liam Gatsby (AKA Liam Blackwell)? The Only Way Is Essex lad and wannabe rapper

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LIAM Gatsby (aka Liam Blackwell) burst onto the Towie scene back in 2015 and has impressed viewers with his extravagant dates, entertaining rap songs and love of helicopters.

The Essex-born businessman is also pursuing a career as a rapper and has signed a record deal with independent label mrQoQ.

 Liam Gatsby or Blackwell is known for his lavish lifestyle and has appeared on Towie since 2015

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Liam Gatsby or Blackwell is known for his lavish lifestyle and has appeared on Towie since 2015

Who is Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell?

Liam Blackwell, who goes by the name Gatsby, joined Towie in 2015 as Lydia Bright’s best friend – her mum Debbie is his Godmother.

However, that wasn’t the first time the 28-year-old appeared on the ITVbe show.

The ladies man actually appeared in a trailer for the first series alongside the original stars of the show including Mark Wright, Amy Childs and Sam Faiers.

Liam told the Daily Star: “I was actually on the first ever advert for TOWIE.

“I got cast for the show, but after we filmed the trailer, I decided it wasn’t the right time for me to do it so I pulled out at the last minute.

“It was the right decision. I’m a bit older now so I can handle it.”

Before he became a reality TV stalwart, Liam was once a professional footballer.

He revealed: “I used to play football for West Ham United, when I was younger, but I lost interest and gave footie up to go out partying.

“I wish I’d carried on though – I could be a top player now!”

 Gatsby was introduced on the show as Lydia Bright's best friend

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Gatsby was introduced on the show as Lydia Bright’s best friend

Who has he dated?

The Sun Online exclusively revealed that Liam has started a new relationship with a stunning Swedish model named Isabella Cirinksi.

A source told us: “It’s very early days between Liam and Isabella but they get on really well and are seeing how it pans out.

“It’s about time Liam had some happiness and Isabella is the perfect woman. It’s not hard to see why Liam’s keen on her – she’s gorgeous.”

Isabella lives in Los Angeles but spends a lot of time in the UK where she met Liam.

Liam was recently involved in an on-going storyline on Towie which followed his failed romance with Chloe Sims.

 He had a whirlwind romance with Chloe Sims

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He had a whirlwind romance with Chloe Sims

He vowed to win her back after their whirlwind romance broke down but Chloe told him it wasn’t to be.

She even went on to admit that their fling ended up ruining their friendship.

Last year, Gatsby pulled out all the stops when he was wooing former Towie girl Ferne McCann.

He told Digital Spy about their lavish date: “I told her to meet me in a field – it was very romantic. I walked up to her with a picnic basket and some champagne and told her we were going to watch the cricket – which we weren’t, I just wanted to see her face.

“I made a phone call and I got a helicopter to pick us up and then the helicopter escorted us to dinner – to this manor house estate.”

They did kiss but their relationship didn’t go any further.

 Liam with new model girlfriend Isabella Cirinski

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Liam with new model girlfriend Isabella Cirinski

What’s happening in his music career?

Gatsby surprised his fans last summer when he partnered with grime legend D Double E for his first single, Helicopter.

There was no expense spared in making the glossy music video for the track as it was full of half-naked girls and champagne.

The song is based on Gatsby’s attempt to woo Ferne by taking her for a helicopter ride on their very first date.

In one shot, the party boy is in the pool pouring a bottle of champagne over his head.

He’s also supported by his pals from The Only Way Is Essex including Lydia Bright, Georgia Kousoulou, Tommy Mallett, James Argent and Dan Edgar.

Jon Clarke and James Diags Bennewith also make an appearance alongside former Towie regulars Nicole Bass and Lauren Goodger.

D Double E joins Towie’s Liam Gatsby in music video

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