James Argent and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu Spark Romance After Cozy Essex Dates

James Argent, 36, and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 29, have started a romantic relationship after bonding over their struggles with trolls and health issues. The pair have been on cozy dates in Essex and have been spotted passionately kissing, with friends excited to see where their relationship will go.

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James Argent and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu Spark Romance After Cozy Essex Dates

James Argent and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu Spark Romance After Cozy Essex Dates

James Argent, 36, and Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 29, have started a romantic relationship after enjoying cozy dates in Essex following her elimination from Celebrity Big Brother in March. The pair have grown close after supporting each other through tough times, including Ekin's struggles with harsh trolls and James' past health issues.

The budding couple have been on several dates at each other's Essex homes and have been spotted passionately kissing. "James lives close to Ekin, they are practically neighbours – so when she needed a friend after Celebrity Big Brother, he was there for her," an insider revealed. "Their friendship developed into something stronger and they started to spend more time together, even passionately kissing."

Although James and Ekin are not officially a couple yet, friends are excited to see where their relationship will go. This marks Ekin's first romance since her split from Love Island boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti, 29, in January. James also hasn't been with anyone since parting ways from Stella Turian, 19, last November.

Ekin faced a difficult time after being eliminated from Celebrity Big Brother in March. She was involved in a bullying row on the spin-off show Late & Live and wrongly accused by Lorraine Kelly of pulling out of an appearance on her morning show, which Kelly later apologized for. Feeling vulnerable and exposed to hateful trolls, Ekin decided not to attend the Celebrity Big Brother final.

Meanwhile, James has transformed his life in recent years. After having "life-changing" gastric band surgery in 2021 and attending a rehab facility, he has prioritized his health and wellbeing. James has also found new success with The Arg Band.

"It's still early days and they both appreciate they need to take it slow, having come out of high-profile relationships in the past six months... but there's no denying the feelings and chemistry between them," the insider added. As James and Ekin navigate this new chapter together, only time will tell if their bond blossoms into a lasting love story.

Key Takeaways

  • James Argent, 36, and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 29, are dating after meeting in Essex.
  • The pair bonded over shared struggles with trolls and health issues.
  • They've been on cozy dates and spotted passionately kissing.
  • This is Ekin's first romance since splitting from Davide Sanclimenti in January.
  • James and Ekin are taking things slow after recent high-profile breakups.