TOWIE's Tom Kilbey Reveals He Is Taking A Break From Essex

Tom Kilbey has announced that he is leaving The Only Way is Essex...

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TOWIE's Tom Kilbey Reveals He Is Taking A Break From Essex

We recently reported that a live TOWIE Christmas special has been confirmed, but one contestant who won’t be taking part is Tom Kilbey.

The 22-year-old has decided to take a break from the reality show to "focus on other things".

Tom took to Twitter to announce his departure: "Thank-you to everyone who has supported me on TOWIE but I'm guna take some time out from the show to focus on other things #staytuned."

What are these "other things" that Tom speaks of? He is listed on his Twitter profile as a Producer and DJ, do you think he will be taking over the airwaves anytime soon?

He later added: "Thank you@OnlyWayIsEssex and everyone who has supported me made some great friends but gota be true to myself and do what I wanna do x"

Kilbey, who joined TOWIE in series four, has decided to quit the hit reality show after the recent seventh series finale.

He was first introduced to the show as Billi Mucklow’s boyfriend and is the sister of Cara Kilbey.

The ex-Portsmouth midfielder is currently dating his co-star Lydia Bright. Could it spell the end of their romance?

The Only Way Is Essex is set to return to our screens for an eighth series in 2013 on ITV2.

Are you going to miss Tom’s chiselled good looks gracing your tellybox? Or do you think he was a just bit of eye candy with no real plot-line?

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