Billie Faiers is taking a break from 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

Billie Faiers

Billie Faiers

The 26-year-old beauty has chosen to take at least the rest of the year off from the ITVBe show so she can concentrate on being a mother to two-year-old daughter Nelly, who she has with her partner Greg Shepherd.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Towie bosses were shocked by her exit on Friday and the news quickly spread around the cast. Everyone is already mourning. It's no secret that Billie has a lot on her plate with her young daughter and marriage plans and to top it off she also wants to expand her family at some point.

"She was a brilliant and very funny member of the Towie family and was a natural in front of the camera from day one - producers have told her that the door is always open to her should she change her mind and want to return at some point in the future. She was a well loved member of the team and will be sorely missed by her friends on the show who are devastated that she's chosen to leave."

Meanwhile, an ITV spokesperson has confirmed Billie will be taking the rest of the year off to be with her family.

They said: "Billie has recently made us aware that she would like to prioritise family life and little Nelly for the rest of the year.

"We are in full support of this decision and will continue discussing with her how best to move forward. Billie is a much loved and valued member of the Towie team and we are happy she wants to continue working with us."

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