Lucy Mecklenburgh, star of The Only Way is Essex, has hit back at claims she is ‘the town bike’.
Speaking to Reveal magazine, 19-year-old Lucy claims she didn’t deserve the tirade of abuse she received on the show after going for a drink with local club promoter Kirk Norcross.
Her date’s ex Lauren Pope and best pal Maria Fowler laid in to her after spotting them together, calling Lucy “a slag” and “the town bike.”
Lucy, who has also dated local playboy Mark Wright, told the magazine: “I’m being victimised. I didn’t deserve Maria calling me a slag.
“Kirk and I were both single so I didn’t think there was anything wrong with going for a drink.
“I’ve never stolen another girl’s boyfriend and I never will.”
Despite the ITV2 series being plagued with claims that it is staged and the relationships are ‘for show’, Lucy insisted that her and Mark were the real deal.
She explained: “Mark and I were in a proper relationship. I was with him before the show started.
“He chased me and we went out loads – he took me to lovely restaurants.”
She said of arch love rival Lauren Goodger, who is now engaged to Mark: “Lauren and I just keep away from each other.
“She’s brave taking on someone like Mark – there’s no way I’d ever put up with him.”
The full interview appears in Reveal, on sale Tuesday