He's had TOWIE viewers and co-stars wondering if he secretly bats for the other team, but in tonight's series finale Gemma Collins' prospective boyfriend Charlie appeared to put the rumours to bed at Mario Falcone's party.
The impeccably turned-out newcomer had got fellow cast members talking when he told of his love of 'Titanic' and Ricky Martin, and when he claimed to think like a lady.
Charlie in the previous episode
He had left Gemma heartbroken when he failed to turn up to Mario's 24th birthday bash in tonight's episode, but after the unlucky-in-love blonde beauty got upset over his absence, he showed up in the eleventh hour to surprise her and sweep her off her feet with a lingering kiss.
So lingering, in fact, that it even got slightly awkward.
As they continued to smooch the night away, Sam Faiers conceded: "Well, I'll tell you one thing. He's not gay."
Of course, for the sake of Gemma's happiness, we will overlook his sailor's outfit.
Also in tonight's episode, Ricky Rayment asked out Jessica Wright, and the brunette also had another steaming row with Lauren Goodger over the end of their decade-long friendship.
The Only Way Is Essex will be back later this year.
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