James ‘Arg’ Argent is reportedly getting a helping hand from his supportive longtime friend Mark Wright in adjusting to life after ‘rehab’.
According to The Sun, 33-year-old Mark and his wife Michelle Keegan, 32, have remained in touch with the TOWIE star, 32, throughout his challenges, and most recently since he returned to the UK from Thailand.
A source said: ‘Mark was straight on the phone to James to make sure he is OK. They’ve spoken a lot and James knows that Mark is there for him. Michelle will be too. They both think the world of him and want him to get back to his very best.’
Lean on me: James ‘Arg’ Argent, left, is reportedly getting a helping hand from his supportive longtime friend Mark Wright, right, in adjusting to life after ‘rehab’
According to the friend, Arg has struggled somewhat since returning to his native Essex, given the recently mandated nationwide coronavirus lock-down.
‘It’s weird,’ said the pal. ‘James was looking forward to coming back then just getting home last week from Thailand was a nightmare because of all the travel delays. Then when he gets back he can’t go anywhere or see anyone because of the lock-down.
‘It’s been hard and a bit of a head f*** but in many ways James is used to it more than most of us as he has spent the last few months of his life living that way. He is looking to the positive and making sure he gets plenty of rest, eats right and does a bit of exercise everyday.’
Back home: The 32-year-old TV personality recently returned to the UK, after a reported rehab stint in Thailand. Pictured in September 2018
MailOnline has contacted representatives for James Argent and Mark Wright for comment.
On Monday, Arg was publicly seen for the first time this year, as he was pictured in Essex on Monday, a day before the UK lockdown rules came into place.
However, Arg, whose girlfriend is Gemma Collins, failed to follow social distancing guidance as he was seen offering a friend a lift on the back of his scooter.
The troubled star was taken to hospital for the second time in two months last year after friends and family feared he had attempted a second ‘overdose’.
I’ll be there for you: A source told The Sun, ‘Mark was straight on the phone to James to make sure he is OK. They’ve spoken a lot and James knows that Mark is there for him’
Paramedics rushed to his £1.3million home in South Woodford, Essex in December, where they found the star ‘disorientated’ shortly before friends – including Mark – rallied around in a bid to help him get the support he needs.
Insiders told MailOnline: ‘Mark was at his house for around six hours to support him. This was after Arg had been to hospital and come home again…
‘Arg can’t afford rehab but Mark and other close friends and family are clubbing together to put him in a good place so he can overcome this.’
‘He has realised he needs help with his recent addiction issues and with his weight loss battle, so has turned to professionals.
Loved up: Arg will also have the support of his girlfriend Gemma Collins. Pictured in May 2018
‘Arg is receiving some of the best care in the world and so is in an environment to finally improve his physical and mental state.’
The reality star returned to social media in February following a rumoured stint in rehab, as he announced that he was set to take on a residency at pal Elliott Wright’s Marbella restaurant.
However, with both Spain and the UK on lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis, it is unlikely the star will be able to take it on.
Arg had been due to perform at Olivia’s La Cala’s Famous Thursday events on selected dates from April until September.
Woes: The troubled star was taken to hospital for the second time in two months last year after friends and family feared he had attempted a second ‘overdose’
- Mark Wright is supporting James Argent ‘get back to his best’ as he struggles to adapt after rehab – The Sun