TOWIE: James Argent’s new model girlfriend is definitely NOT 17 year-old One Direction dancer, Shannon Brennan!

by Anna Howell

After rumours began circulating yesterday that the unidentified model that The Only Way Is Essex star, James Argent, is dating was 17 year old Shannon Brennan, her agency Select Model, have come out to absolutely deny the claims.

We reported earlier this month, Arg, who split rather publicly with co-star Gemma Collins during the last series of TOWIE, admitted to now! magazine that he had started a new relationship with a model.

Whilst refusing to give too much away at the time, the reality star did say that his new girlfriend was a “naturally pretty, down-to-earth fun girl” but wouldn’t reveal too much as it was still “early days”, saying:

“There is, actually, but it’s still early days, so I won’t tell you too much.

“But I’ll say this, she’s very pretty – she’s a model.

“She’s a very naturally pretty, down-to-earth fun girl and she’s well-spoken too.

“I’m not really into the typical Essex look with the big boobs and fake tan.”

Everyone was dying to know who it was, and whilst we still can’t tell you that, we can tell you who it most definitely wasn’t – Shannon!

Shannon, who featured in the One Direction video ‘Live While We’re Young’, has denied the suggestion that she is dating the larger than life reality star despite his previous declaration that she “ticks every box”, with her management going as far as to say that the model found the rumours “upsetting” – we can understand that!

According to reports the rumours began when Shannon supposedly took to social networking site, Twitter, tweeting Arg to phone her if he couldn’t sleep, though no evidence of this tweet can be found now.

What you will find, however, is Arg publicly backtracking, telling his followers on the site that the pair are: ‘just good friends’.

Whilst Shannon reiterated:

“Hahaha funny how much you find out about yourself from the press, sorry to disappoint but it’s not true don’t believe everything you read!”

We bet Gemma Collins is loving this, and who would blame her!

Watch Shannon in action in One Direction’s Live While We’re Young video in the clip below:

The Only way Is Essex continues tonight at 10pm on ITV2/ITV2 HD