JAMES ‘Arg’ Argent was pictured out and about today for the first time since Gemma Collins released text messages in which he called her a “hippo”.
Arg, 32, was spotted taking his moped for a spin after it emerged his friends have urged him to “sort his life out”.
Wearing a blue sweater and grey shirts, Arg kept a straight face as he concentrated on the road.
The Only Way Is Essex star ensured he followed safety guidelines by wearing a blue helmet and also wore plastic shoe coverings but left his face mask at home.
Yesterday a friend close to Arg, who has been dating Gemma for nine years, told The Sun he needed to “grow up” after ending his relationship with the GC.
The hurtful messages sent by Arg are said to have been the final straw for 39-year-old Gemma.
“The way James is treating Gemma right now is totally out of order,” the insider told The Sun Online. “Gemma stuck by James for months when he was in rehab.
“And when he got home she was the first one there welcoming him with open arms.”
They added: “Gemma put her life on hold and now James has repaid her by behaving like this.
“He needs to grow up and realise he has a good thing with Gemma.”
Gemma revealed she was taking a break from social media after releasing the text messages.
The TV star usually shares videos of her life hundreds of times a week on the platform but hasn’t put anything up since sharing – then deleting the messages – her ex sent her.
The ranting texts began with Gemma saying: “What man pays for another woman!!!”
Arg replied: “Insensitive,” while Gemma continued: “And the woman that saved your life has to pay for herself!!!”
Her ex then hit back: “You are supposed to be treating me you hippo.”
Revealing the moment Gemma called it quits, she wrote: “We’re over.”
Sharing earlier screengrabs of their heated conversation, Arg had sent her a plane emoji in reply to a picture of flight details.
Gemma told him: “I’ll take a mate, I’m not booking it. You said you would be a gentleman!”
A furious Arg shouted back: “YOU FAT F**K. IVE JUST LOST ANOTHER 2000.”
Gemma then shared a screenshot of cruel pig emojis she’d been sent, although it was unclear if these were also from Arg.
The bubbly blonde is currently holidaying in the sunshine with pals.