EXCLUSIVE ‘Friends expected him to propose’: Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean’s relationship was in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident
Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident.
Friends close to the TOWIE star, 28, and Jake, 33, believed they weren’t far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year.
On Sunday, Jake lost his life after he drove his car off a cliff in Bodrum, Turkey, while Yazmin was left seriously injured and is currently recovering in hospital.
‘They were so close’: Yazmin Oukhellou and Jake McLean were in the ‘best place’ before the businessman was tragically killed in a car accident
A source told MailOnline: ‘Yazmin and Jake were so close; they had fallen back in love with each other and were busy making plans for their future.
‘Those closest to them believed Jake wasn’t far off proposing to Yazmin after the two had discussed getting married.
‘It’s terribly tragic what’s happened, Yazmin is devastated, and is still struggling to get her head around everything.
‘When they split up Yazmin told friends she found it hard to cope without him, which is why she wanted to give things another go, but now she faces the nightmare of never seeing him again.’
Jake was killed during the early hours of Sunday morning after driving his car off a cliff in Turkey.
‘Devastated’: Friends close to the TOWIE star and Jake believed they weren’t far off getting engaged after reconciling their relationship earlier this year
Shocking: Photos of Jake’s overturned car emerged on Monday, with the vehicle lying on its roof in tall grass as paramedics and police worked on the scene close by
His on-off girlfriend Yazmin was a passenger and is being treated in hospital for severe injuries to her arm while her family have flown to Turkey to be with her.
Jake’s family are said to be ‘devastated’ by their loss.
Speaking from her east London home today, Jake’s auntie, Sheila McLean, said: ‘Jake was so lovely. We’re all so upset.’
Yazmin and Jake, who previously dated TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger, 35, for four years, went public with their relationship in May last year.
After initially keeping their romance a secret, Yazmin shared a photo of herself with Jake, covering his face with an emoji.
She captioned the post: ‘We’ve been through more than most. Had our ups and downs but I wouldn’t have us any other way.’
Former romance: On Monday, Lauren expressed her sadness at Jake’s passing, writing: ‘R.I.P Jake. I have no words right now’
Lost for words: The TV star posted ‘my thoughts are with your family and friends’ and ended her tribute with a broken heart and angel emoji
On Monday, Lauren expressed her sadness at Jake’s passing, writing: ‘R.I.P Jake. I have no words right now.
‘My thoughts are with your family and friends.’
Lauren ended the tribute with a broken love heart and angel emoji.
She dated Jake from 2012 until 2016 while she appeared on TOWIE, Dancing On Ice, and Celebrity Big Brother.
Lauren is currently expecting her second child with partner Charles Drury and is expected to give birth any day now.
In July 2015, Lauren and Jake were pictured on the front of a magazine together and discussed their desire to start a family.
Jake said: ‘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.’
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