Jake McLean once shared his heartbreaking wish to have a family, years before he tragically died on Sunday 4 July.
The on-and-off boyfriend of TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou sadly died after the car he was driving in crashed off a cliff in Bodrum, Turkey. He was 33.
Yazmin, 28, was in the car with Jake and was taken to hospital afterwards where she remains in critical condition.
Before the pair began dating in 2019, Jake had been in a long-term relationship with fellow Towie star Lauren Goodger, 35, from 2012 to 2016.
The former couple opened up about their romance to OK! back in 2015 as they discussed their plans to have children together and possibly get married.
“We speak about it a lot. For me, getting married and having kids is what life is about. I can’t wait to start a family together,” Jake had told us.
“Starting a family is the most important thing for both of us, getting married isn’t really a priority.”
Lauren added: “I’d love for us to get married one day but I think we’ll have children first. I’d love to have our kids there on our wedding day.”
Jake also shared his intentions to move in officially with girlfriend at the time Lauren, as he said: “We basically live together now so it is the natural next step for us.
“We’re in a much better place now than when I moved in with Lauren before, so I think it would be lovely to find a place together soon.”
The couple also spoke about getting tattoos in tribute of each other and discussed how they had made the big step in meeting each other’s families.
Jake continued: "My family love Lauren. After I introduced her to my aunts they all texted me saying how beautiful they thought she was and telling me not to let her go.”
Lauren described Jake at the time as being “very protective of me” and she liked “feeling looked after” by him.
The star is thought to be devastated over the crash, along with other TOWIE stars, as one cast member told Daily Mail: “Nobody is quite sure what they were doing out there, we thought they'd split up, but apparently he was involved in some sort of business deal.
"But whatever's gone on this is just heart-breaking. It sounds very, very serious, perhaps life-changing."
Harry Herbidge tweeted: "Thinking of you @yazminoukhellou”, while, Amber Turner wrote: "Thinking of you. Can everyone keep Yaz in their prayers tonight."
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