Former TOWIE star Maria Fowler threatens to sue X Factor's Marcus Collins after he brands her 'racist and homophobic' at Desperate Scousewives party
00:37 GMT, 4 May 2012
If the Desperate Scousewives had gripped the nation with these kind of shenanigans earlier, they would probably have a second series commissioned by now.
The reality TV world went to war tonight when former X Factor finalist Marcus Collins got into a heated argument with ex TOWIE star Maria Fowler.
Marcus, 23, accused Fowler of being homophobic and allegedly called her a racist after the two met last night as three Desperate Scouswives held a launch party.
The instigator: Maria Fowler and Marcus Collins entered a Twitter war after taking this picture together, last night, in Liverpool
It seems the argument kicked off at the launch of Amanda Harrington, and Gill and Debbie O'Tooles online store, after Maria, 25, asked Marcus for a picture with him and the singer reacted 'rudely' to the request.
His attitude prompted her to tweet about the meeting and she said: 'Drink down my dress. Marcus Collins who said he felt like he was workin when I asked for a pic #Bigtime'.
She then wrote: 'Ooh Marcus asked why I called him bigtime (because he is) I said coz u were rude so he called me fake n spat in my hair #ouch #big time'.
The beginning: Maria began to tweet about her meeting with Marcus and he in turn replied with some nasty messages
The war of words continued across the very public social network with both personalities racing to post abusive messages about the other one first.
After Maria had posted the problematic picture, Marcus retweeted it and made a sly dig at Miss Fowler's appearance.
He said: 'Does anyone know who this girl is Whoever she is she is very Very rude and needs to calm down #whythelongface'.
Bad words: The former X Factor star made some strong allegations about things Maria had reportedly said to him
The pair then continued to hit out at each other via the internet while standing in the same room for the entire virtual altercation.
However, things turned serious when Maria said Marcus had spat in her hair and he in turn accused her of being a homophobe and a racist.
He said: 'called “a f****** queer c***” by @MariaFowler, not standing for homophobic abuse by anyone it's unnessasry and I never spat in anyone's hair.'
He added: 'Some people should be ashamed of themselves #homophobia will NOT BE TOLERATED @MariaFowler #Ignorant.'
Back in the spotlight: Maria wore an ocean blue dress with her new blonde extensions which she claimed Marcus spat in
Party girl: Maria Fowler headed to get her hair and make-up done in Wilmslow, Cheshire, ahead of the launch
Maria refused to stand down and continued to tweet from the event, which she had attended with four male friends she claimed were gay.
She said: 'Throwing the gay line for record am with 4 gay guys here certainly not homophobic. No excuse #everyonesaw rude n ur 'people ' jut apologised.'
She signed off: 'Off to enjoy my night. Heard he been thrown out good. No one is bigger than anyone else. Regardless of talent etc. #BeGrounded x'.
The Seven Nation Army singer replied: '@MariaFowler I left because your vileness nocked me sick #attheopeningofanenvelope and your a homophobic liar.'
Desperate Scousers: From left, Amanda Harrington, Gill and Debbie O'Toole launched their online clothing store in Liverpool, last night
A clearly annoyed Fowler then threatened to take legal action against Collins and she wrote: 'call me racist I will sue you for defamation'.
Maria may be a fading star in the reality TV world, but her predictions of the future appear to be accurate.
She told Marcus: '@MarcuscollinsUK looool ok I'm ignorant. Go to sleep. I think your a bit drunk. In the morning u will wake. Cringe And delete ur tweets.'
Within two hours of the argument starting Mr Collins had indeed deleted a number of his earlier posts.
Good night: Maria made a point of telling Marcus how much more famous she is than him before signing off
While many followers jumped to Maria's defence, she continued to embarrass the singer in response to some of his now deleted tweets.
She said: '@MarcuscollinsUK babe if I wanted a headline I wouldn't use an xfactor reject. Think I get more headlines than u anyway #oops #sorry #block.'
She added: 'Please don't say I'm Using u for headlines If ur not on the paper on a weekly/daily basis, #YourNotDrake #EvenZListMeGetsMorePressThanYou.'