TOWIE’s James Lock apologises for being ‘insensitive’ during Dubai trip but insists he was working

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James Lock has apologised for being in Dubai with his ex-girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou when people have been struggling during the current UK lockdown.

The 34 year old jetted off to the United Arab Emirates last month with his girlfriend at the time Yazmin, 26, but the pair split whilst abroad.

However, he has defended his decision for being in Dubai, insisting he was there for work purposes.

The Only Way Is Essex star James, who is nicknamed Lockie, said: "I hold my hands up, I have been insensitive at times.

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"I should have been more considerate to the people back home who are struggling. I know people are finding it hard, including my own family and people that I love.

"But I honestly haven't meant to upset anyone and I'm not a bad person. I've tried to be as respectful as I can.

"Some influencers were out here partying but I've not been here on holiday I've been out here working hard and that's why I stayed."

He continued to tell The Sun: "People are saying you can be an influencer anywhere but you really can't. It's all determined by your traffic on social media.

"I understand if people think it's distasteful but that's our job to promote things and that's why I've teamed up with OOOOO.

"If we don't we don't earn money and we can't pay our bills. Would it be better if we were asking the Government for help? Or if we went bankrupt?"

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OK! online revealed earlier this month that James and Yazmin had split during their working holiday.

Speaking exclusively from Dubai, where the pair stayed despite their separation, James said: "We've broken up.

"We tried to make it work and we really thought it was going to be different this time but things don't always work out as you'd expect.

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“I have a lot of love for Yaz and a huge amount of respect for her but we're just better apart."

Yazmin added: "James and I have split up amicably. I love James but we're not good together.

"It couldn't go on the way it was so I told James we should end things and he agreed."

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