Lauren Goodger ex-TOWIE star sister Nicola cut ties with her after ditching fame

While Lauren Goodger has become a household name, her older sister went on to live a much more low-key life after parting ways with ITV2 back in 2012.

Nicola Goodger appeared in 15 episodes of the hit show The Only Way Is Essex alongside her younger sister, who at the time was dating former co-star Mark Wright.

The brunette beauty, who starred in seasons two and three, rarely appears in the media nowadays but once dreamt of a much bigger reality career, with the hopes of a Goodger family reality show.

Nicola, now 37, once joked that sister Lauren had "always been a diva," adding that her TOWIE fame made her "a bit worse".

Speaking in 2012, Nicola slammed TOWIE as "more staged" than other reality shows, hinting that she would like to see a camera crew follow the family to see them being "normal".

Addressing the "scripted reality" show, she told Closer: "TOWIE's a lot more staged, they set up scenarios.

"With Keeping Up With The Kardashians, you see everything, it would be nice to let people know we're normal. We have hangovers!"

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The sisters alongside their youngest sister, Rianna, all bear a striking similarity to Kourtney, Kim and Khloé, with their glossy brunette locks; their mum also rocked a similar hairstyle to the Kardashian-Jenner matriarch, Kris Jenner.

These days, the siblings don't snaps of one another on social media, and Lauren also recently revealed she kept her pregnancy news from her dad.

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Despite this, the family were once always spotted out together, with Nicola, Lauren and Rianna heading out on the Essex nightlife scene.

Nicola, once proclaimed she was the "motherly" figure of the family, often seeing her younger sisters head over to her Essex home in order to enjoy the Essex nightlife as a trio or to simply have a girls' night in.

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Speaking to New! magazine in 2020, Lauren said of her family: "I don't talk to any of them and they don't talk to me. They're good people, I'm not going to slag them off…

"I just can't have that in my life. I feel very hurt, upset and used at times. It's such a shame since coming into the public eye how much my relationships have changed with my family. It's quite upsetting, but I have to look after me."

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While their relationship may have appeared all smiles for the cameras, Nicola hinted at a family feud in 2012, saying: "A night out with us normally starts with arguing. Lauren gets stressed because she's not ready."

The last time Nicola interacted with her sister on social media was on Lauren's birthday in September 2017, where she shared a collection of snaps of the pair, alongside the caption: "Wishing my lil sis a huge Happy Birthday today! Have a lovely day babe! Love you."

Lauren previously revealed she was left heartbroken when she was allegedly split from her other siblings as a child.

"When I was four my mum gave me to my dad but kept my older brother and sister, she said she couldn't cope with three on her own – for me that was heartbreaking," she recalled while fighting back tears during an episode of Celebs Go Dating in 2019.

Despite appearing less close these days, Lauren continues to follow Nicola on her private Instagram page.

Although she may have appeared on the biggest reality show of its time, Nicola doesn't reflect this on her public Twitter page – only referencing it once since her departure.

Following the tragic news of Mick Norcross' death, Nicola shared a clip of a memorable scene, which saw the businessman flirt with her and offer her a bottle of champagne at a swanky pool party.

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