Lauren Goodger’s family ‘fear she’s back with Charles’ as she steps away from investigation

Lauren Goodger may refuse to cooperate with police in an investigation over an alleged assault last year, a source has claimed.

Friends and family fear that her decision not to assist in the investigation against Charles Drury may lead to her taking him back.

However, three separate sources have told us that the former couple have already been in contact over the past two months – news that will only concern those closest to her.

“We are worried she has taken him back but is keeping it quiet,” one source told us.

“We have heard they are even in talks to move out of Essex together. Her friends are concerned after everything she’s been through. They don’t want her to get hurt and they just want the best for her. But it seems she wants to be with him, despite her friends and family telling her not to be.”

A second source told us Lauren wants to keep her family together.

“Deep down Lauren wants that family unit and she wants that perfect family with both a mum and a dad in a house because she didn’t have that. That’s the dream for her.”

Meanwhile, a third source reiterated claims that they have reunited, saying “she wants to keep it on the down-low”.

However, Lauren’s agent strenuously denies they are back together. They said, “While this is an on-going police matter – to that there is no comment – Lauren is focused on positive lines of communications and her priority being that of her daughter.”

Charles, 25, was arrested in August last year after reports suggested an alleged assault on Lauren, 36, at their home on the night of their daughter Lorena’s funeral. Days after the alleged attack, Lauren was pictured with severe bruising around her eyes. Charles, who has always denied the allegations, will answer police bail next month.

“Lauren is considering not helping the police with this matter,” we were told. “She wants a clean slate and a fresh start to the year and doesn’t want the drama of last year hanging over her. Charles is always going to be in her life as he is the father of her girls. She wants to move forwards, not backwards.”

Lauren and Charles first started dating in October 2020. They briefly split in November 2021 while their daughter Larose, 18 months, was in hospital with an infection, only to reconcile weeks later.

They went through a rocky patch once again in January last year when Lauren discovered Charles had a fling with Instagram model Amy Gilbert during their separation, and kicked him out of their house.

But all seemed to be forgiven, and the couple confirmed their romance was back on just weeks later, announcing Lauren was pregnant with their second child.

At the time, Lauren said, “He’s the father of my children, that love will never go. And he will always be in my life and her life. Who knows what the future holds. I’m excited about it, I’m not scared.”

Tragically, their daughter Lorena died shortly after her birth in July last year – and on the night of her funeral Lauren was allegedly assaulted. The claims have been denied by Charles.

Two months later, Lauren was left devastated after learning Charles had struck up a relationship and moved in with one of her family friends of 10 years, Jacqueline Johnson.

At the time, Lauren’s pals revealed she was heartbroken and “blind-sided” by the betrayal.

“The new relationship has caused huge ructions,” they said. “Lauren has known her for years, and counted her as a very close friend. She even helped comfort Lauren when she lost the baby.

“She’s devastated that she is now not only seeing her ex, but that he has moved into her home. Lauren doesn’t care that Charles is dating, but the fact it’s someone she considered a confidante.”

Jacqueline and Charles split in December.

Lauren’s worried pals believe she can be “too forgiving” of the past and disagree with her that her relationship with Charles could ever work again.

“Lauren thinks she can change him and apparently he said he’s willing to change,” one of our sources revealed.

“We are worried she’s making the wrong decisions. Lauren had a really tough year and her head space still doesn’t seem clear. She hasn’t processed the last year properly and people think this
is a mistake. It’s a disaster.”


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