Lauren Goodger "mortified" as sex tape is leaked
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger has said she was "mortified" to discover a six-second clip of her performing a sex act on an ex-boyfriend had been leaked and spread across the internet.
The video is thought to have been filmed by Jake McLean, with whom Lauren was in a relationship for 12 months before the pair split just before Christmas.
It is not yet clear how the clip came to find its way into the public domain, but it has reportedly been widely shared via text, email and WhatsApp, with the message also containing Lauren's mobile phone number.
The salon owner was made aware the video was in circulation when she was sent it by a friend, though 25-year-old Jake had established contact a day earlier to see if she had seen it. According to Goodger, she believed this was simply an attempt by him to begin a conversation between the pair, who have barely spoken since splitting.
Recalling the moment she first viewed the footage, Lauren said: "I just started shaking. I was mortified. I’m private about things like this, so I was worrying about what people would think of me."
Despite speculation to the contrary, the 28-year-old - who is widely expected to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house when the Channel 5 series begins in the coming weeks - insists she was not involved in leaking the clip and has no desire to be the latest celebrity sex tape star.
She told new! magazine: "I'm not Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton who intentionally made sex tapes - I had no idea this happened. I feel so betrayed and violated."
However, Lauren remains determined not to allow the circulation of the video to destroy her confidence, though she does concede the incident will make her more wary of trusting future partners.
"I’m not going to let it stress me out. I don’t know why the hell anyone would want my video on their phone. I’d delete it!"