James Argent, 34, flies girlfriend, 18, to Essex to meet friends and family as relationship gets really serious | The Sun

TOWIE'S James Argent is flying his film star girlfriend to his home turf Essex as their relationship ramps up a level.

The reality star, 34, recently travelled to Italy to meet Stella Turian's family and friends.

Now the former TOWIE favourite – who has revamped his life with a healthy lifestyle and weight loss – is said to be repaying the favour.

Singer Arg will welcome Stella to the UK "next week" MailOnline reports.

A friend told the publication: "James is delighted Stella has agreed to come to meet his friends and family because he’s desperate to show her where he lives and his roots.

"They’ve become inseparable and James is as happy now as he’s ever been."

A trimmed down Arg was spotted with the Italian film star for the first time in September, with the pair pausing to passionately kiss as they walked down the street in Marbella.

Arg, who previously dated beloved TV personality Gemma Collins, has apparently won over Stella's parents with his 'charm'.

James shared his trip to Italy over on Instagram, posting a snap of himself swimming in the sea in Positano in Italy's Costa D'amalfi, captioning it 'That's Amore'.

The source told the Mailonline that "James fell in love with Italy," and "He can't wait to head back there soon."

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The 16-year age gap has raised eyebrows though, with Peter Andre weighing in on the debate to defend the couples age gap.

The couple met in Mykonos when James was attending a friend's wedding.

Little is known about Stella but a film in which she appears – ‘Infiniti‘ – was recently showcased at the Venice film festival.

Arg turned the page on a difficult chapter after his spiralling weight gain and cocaine addiction.

He went sober and shed an incredible 14 stone before finding happiness with Stella.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Arg gushed to the presenter that he finally "feels like he's winning".

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He said: "I have come to a point where I finally feel confident.

"I am ready to meet someone and, as cliché as it is, you can't love someone until you love yourself and now I can take care of myself I can take care of someone else."

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