James Argent is all smiles as he chats to Gemma Collins blonde lookalike

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As he continues to get his confidence back following his gastric surgery, James Argent has been pictured chatting to a Gemma Collins lookalike.

The reality star, who reunited with best friend Mark Wright recently, was seen speaking to a mystery blonde, who is a spitting image of his ex-girlfriend.

The 33-year-old appeared to be in great spirits as the pair indulged in some conversation while standing in a VIP box at a charity football match in Essex over the weekend.

James showed off his recent weight-loss in a grey short-sleeve shirt as he cheered on celebrity pals, including former TOWIE co-star Dan Osborne.

The lady in question wore a bright pink top and sported similar blonde locks to Gemma.

The pair later enjoyed a hug and a smooch on the cheek as they continued to enjoy each other's company.

It was recently reported that James was trying to win back his teenage sweetheart ex Lydia Bright.

The television personality is said to have met up with his ex on several occasions over the last few weeks and is reportedly hoping for a reconciliation.

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An insider told OK! that James has "never truly got over" his break up from Lydia, 30.

"Lydia was Arg's first true love and a lot of people don't think he has ever truly got over their break-up.

"They have both had relationships since their split but are now back in each other's lives and Lydia has been great for Arg since his weight loss surgery earlier this year."

A separate source told The Sun: "The pair have started to meet up and Arg is very keen to start something up again.

"Lydia is a little more coy though. It's something Arg wants to happen as she was the love of his life."

A second source told the publication: "Arg is trying to work his way back in but Lydia isn't daft. Arg has had issues and she's a mum now.

"This weight loss battle is a good way for Arg to prove to Lydia he's a new man and all that is behind him."

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