Lauren Goodger hides her black eye in first picture since being ‘attacked’ as she unveils new hairdo
Lauren Goodger hid her black eye in the first picture she has shared to social media since being ‘attacked’ on the day of her baby’s funeral.
The TOWIE star, 35, took to her Instagram Stories on Friday where she unveiled her new, balayage hair makeover, and told fans she was practising some ‘self love’ and focusing on ‘slowly getting back to normal life.’
It comes after Lauren was seen in public for the first time with a serious black eye on Thursday, in pictures shared by The Sun following the alleged attack which led to the arrest of her boyfriend Charles Drury.
Hiding the injury: Lauren Goodger, 31, hid her black eye in the first picture she has shared to social media since being ‘attacked’ on the day of her baby’s funeral
As well as uploading her own glossy shot, Lauren re-posted a photograph of her glorious new look from her hairdresser’s Instagram account.
She added: ‘Today was the first day out for some self love. One step at a time to going back slowly to normal life. Small steps. Hashtag self love.’
The hair makeover comes after Lauren’s outing on Thursday, when she appeared sombre while pushing her one-year-old daughter Larose along in a pram while running errands in Essex.
Onlookers told The Sun Lauren was trying to get back to normal life after suffering from a ‘fractured eye socket’ with one saying: ‘She’s a working mum and life has to continue. You could see her black eye very clearly.’
MailOnline has contacted Lauren’s representatives for comment.
Incident: The TOWIE star was spotted with a serious black eye in pictures shared by The Sun – a week after the attack which led to the arrest of her boyfriend Charles Drury
Before and after: As well as uploading her own glossy shot, Lauren re-posted a photograph of her glorious new look from her hairdresser’s Instagram account
Awful: On Thursday, Lauren was n seen in public for the first time following an alleged attack which left her with a ‘fractured eye socket’ (pictured in a previous Instagram post)
A close friend of Lauren’s, Lauryn Goodman, has admitted she is brought to tears every time she looked at the star’s face after the incident.
Lauryn, 31, told how Lauren has been through the ‘roughest, darkest ride in secret’ as she shared a message of support to her pal on Instagram.
Lauren’s daughter Lorena died on July 8 after being born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and she was laid to rest on August 3.
Charles, who has denied attacking Lauren, was arrested in the hours after the funeral on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault and has since been bailed.
Speaking out: A close friend of Lauren’s, Lauryn Goodman, 31, has admitted she is brought to tears every time she looked at the star’s face after the assault
Candid: Lauryn told how Lauren has been through the ‘roughest, darkest ride in secret’ as she shared a message of support to her pal on Instagram
Lauren’s sister Nicola shared a snap of Lauren’s daughter Larose and said: ‘This gorgeous little girl doesn’t even know how lucky she is to have such a strong amazing mum! As long as you have each other you’ll both be fine.’
Lauryn reshared the post and detailed her friend’s horrendous injuries on her Instagram Stories on Monday evening.
She said: ‘Couldn’t have said this better myself. Seen a few things as well and I’d like to say there are NEVER 2 sides to a story when my friend’s face looks how it does. She is unrecognisable.
‘Brings me to tears every time I look at her. No amount of lies you tell will ever hide the truth now. Please if anyone ever finds themselves in this situation never think staying quiet or hiding is best.
‘Always confide and reach out to people. Better days will come and you aren’t trapped. Promise. Be strong for your little ones.’
Attack: Charles (pictured right), who has denied attacking Lauren, was arrested in the hours after the funeral on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault and has since been bailed
In a separate post, Lauryn spoke about how people are ‘quick to judge’ Lauren, but described her as ‘one of the kindest hearted people I’ve ever met’.
She wrote: ‘You have a genuine soul and would never ever wish bad on anyone. I wish I could take the pain away for.
‘Larose is so lucky to have such a strong woman mum.’
Lauryn continued: ‘I wish people knew YOU, you are SO funny, genuine, beautiful inside and out and have been through the roughest, darkest, ride in secret.
‘This is one of the problems with the celeb world and social media. Everyone is so quick to judge every little thing. You’re a real one and trust me things will get better.’
Hiding: Lauren is reportedly staying with a friend following the alledged attack in Upminster (Charles pictured with Larose)
Lauren had to go to hospital for serious facial injuries and was interviewed by police.
She had just attended her daughter’s funeral with her family and was allegedlty attacked later that night.
Police were called at 00.37am on Thursday to reports of an altercation and Charles was arrested on suspicion of assault.
He was released on bail in the early hours of Friday morning, according to police.
Lauren was taken to hospital by her friend after the incident for medical check-ups and has since been awaiting her X-Ray results.
‘Lauren is absolutely terrified. This has shaken her badly,’ a source told The Sun on Sunday.
‘She suffered some nasty injuries and fears she has suffered a broken eye socket.’
Horrendous: Lauren posted an image on her Instagram after her daughter’s birth in which she holds the newborn’s hand
Charles denies attacking Lauren, telling the Sun: ‘There’s a completely different side to stuff.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said on Friday night: ‘Police were called at 00.37 hrs on Thursday, August 4 to reports of an altercation.
‘Officers attended. At the scene a woman, aged 30s, was found with facial injuries.
‘A man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was taken to an east London police station and subsequently bailed pending further inquiries. Inquiries continue.’
Lauren and Charles met in October 2020 and announced they were expecting a child together three months after going public with their relationship.
She had teased she was dating someone new before the identity of Charles, a builder and former lover of Katie Price, came to light.
The couple have a one-year-old daughter Larose together. In January, she revealed she was expecting her second child.
History: Lauren and Charles’ romance first came to light in October 2020, they announced they were expecting their first child together just three months after going public
The alleged assault happened just hours after Lauren attended the funeral of her baby daughter Lorena.
Doctors tried in vain to save the 9lb baby but she was born with two knots in her umbilical cord which was tied around her neck.
After she died, her traumatised mother spent hours saying goodbye to her.
The heartbroken star also later revealed she still ‘has a bit of a bump’ which sometimes tricks her into thinking her baby girl was ‘still there’.
She said: ‘It’s weird. My body feels like it’s unsettled, like it’s missing a newborn.’
Details: The incident happened only hours after a private funeral for baby Lorena (Lauren is pictured with Charles in an Instagram story
Lauren posted an Instagram message telling how much she loved her daughter, who died minutes after being born on July 8, saying: ‘I carried you, I felt you grow. Longed for the day we’d meet. Dreamed of your future. Not only did I know you, I fell in love with you.’
Lauren’s waters broke on July 6 and Tamzin, her NHS midwife, came to her house to take her blood pressure and listen to the baby’s heartbeat.
The TV personality was planning a second home birth with no drugs as she had with older daughter Larose, who was born in a ‘perfect’, ‘amazing’ and ‘smooth’ home birth last year.
Midwife Tamzin told Lauren ‘everything was where it should be’ and she waited for her contractions to start at home.
Charles took Larose to stay with family so Lauren could rest and she chilled out and went to sleep.
Awful: Doctors tried in vain to save the 9lb baby but she was born with two knots in her umbilical cord which was tied around her neck (Lauren and Charles pictured March 2022)
The following morning, July 7, midwife Tamzin came around again to check the baby’s heartbeat and movement, as well as Lauren’s blood pressure and temperature.
Once again, both mother and baby were normal, and Lauren didn’t have any ‘pain or signs of labour’.
On the morning of July 8 there were still no signs of contractions, so Charles brought Larose back and Lauren breastfed her because the stimulation can bring on contractions, which worked.
Lauren’s contractions began and she called her midwife to tell her Lorena was coming.
Tamzin came over immediately to check the heartbeat, but was devastatingly unable to find it, despite locating a ‘really strong heartbeat’ just hours before.
She told Lauren she was ‘really worried’ and called an ambulance. Lauren, ‘in agony’ at this point, was blue-lighted to hospital, and was ‘stood up screaming’ throughout the journey.
By the time she had arrived at hospital, Lorena’s head was crowning, which Lauren said was the ‘most traumatic experience I’ve ever been through in my life’.
She and Charles were taken inside the hospital and shown to a private room, where Lauren gave birth to Lorena just two hours after her contractions had started.
Lauren immediately knew there was a problem because there was no cry from Lorena and a team of doctors rushed into the room.
Lorena was born with two big knots in her umbilical cord and with the cord tied around her neck, causing life-threatening problems.
Doctors desperately fought to save Lorena, performing chest compressions and giving her adrenaline for eight minutes while trying in vain to resuscitate her.
The medical team were sadly unsuccessful and told Lauren and Charles there was nothing more they could do.
Lauren was already at ‘rock bottom’, as just five days before her child died on July 8, her ex-boyfriend Jake McLean, 33, died in a car accident in Bodrum, Turkey.
Mclean, who she dated from 2012 until 2016 and reportedly secretly reconciled with until 2020, died last month when he ‘lost control’ of the vehicle in Turkey.
After the accident she shared a heartbreaking series of lyrics to her Instagram Stories.
Lauren’s post featured a black backdrop while the song’s lyrics gradually appeared on the screen.
The lyrics were: ‘Search your heart, search your soul. When you find me there, you’ll search no more.’
Sad loss: Lauren Goodger’s ex-boyfriend Jake McLean sadly died in a car accident in Turkey last month