The Only Way Is Essex's James 'Arg' Argent 'taking a break' from the show

 James 'Arg' Argent.

James 'Arg' Argent is set to miss out on the next series of The Only Way Is Essex.

The show's only original cast member missed the last few episodes of the previous series and was also absent from the Christmas specials.

According to The Sun newspaper, James will continue 'taking a break' from the ITVBe show in order to improve his mental well-being.

An insider told his newspaper: “Arg doesn’t feel ready to return to Towie. He wants to get himself in a stronger position before he commits to sharing his life on camera again and filming full time.

“He wants to return when he is able to give it 100%.”

Arg previously opened up about suffering from depression and anxiety after a month in rehab in 2015.

"The Towie production team have been incredibly supportive and he knows he has their full backing," the source continued. “He is so grateful to them. When he returned to Towie he promised he would take responsibility for his own well-being and that’s what he is doing."

A spokesperson for the show told The Sun: “James is continuing to take an extended break from the show while he continues to work on his wellbeing. We continue to support him and wish him well.”

The Only Way Is Essex will return to ITVBe soon for what will be its 20th series.

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