TOWIE's Lydia Bright toasts her newly-single status on girly night out… but can't hide her sadness over split from Arg
She was seen in floods of tears on Sunday night's episode of The Only Way Is Essex after she and boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent revealed they were taking a break.
So to cheer Lydia Bright up after the emotional ordeal, her nearest and dearest girlfriends decided to take the pretty blonde out for dinner at the White Bull Brasserie in Loughton.
Lydia looked chic, but not very Essex, in a cream sequinned top and mustard pencil skirt as she joined pals including Lucy Mecklenburgh, Jessica Wright and Lauren Goodger for the evening out.
Girls night out: Lydia Bright was seen making the most of her new single status on a night out with friends including Lucy Mecklenburgh at the White Bull Brassiere in Loughton, Essex
Smiling through the pain: While Lydia appeared to be putting on a brave face, she was missing her usual spark
However, there was something of
Lydia's usual spark missing as she posed up for photographers with Lucy
before heading inside for the meal.
And during the evening, the
21-year-old reality star was seen with her head in her hands looking
down in the dumps as she struggles to cope with her break from Arg.
But an onlooker at the restaurant said Lydia's friends did their utmost to cheer her up throughout the night.
Supporting each other: Lydia was joined at the meal by friends including Lauren Goodger and Jessica Wright (left front)
One diner told MailOnline: 'The girls
were really trying to make Lydia smile and at one point even held up
their wine glasses and toasted her freedom.'
Struggling: The reality star appeared to be down during the evening
On Sunday night's episode, Lydia wa seen opening up about her troubles with Arg to Lauren, confessing:
'Me and James have obviously always had our problems and
our issues. We always argue about the stupidest things.
every time I see him and my hearts crumbles and I love him so much.
James never admits something is wrong, he'll always be in denial about
it like everything is fine.'
had this amazing experience, and amazing adventure together, but a
second part of me is like can you really be this unhappy.'
Lauren replied: 'You stay in an unhappy relationship because you love someone. But you have to think: Is love enough'
Lydia thanked her friend, saying: 'It was good to talk to Lauren. I
think she's been in a similar situation. People don't understand.'
Arg meanwhile unburdened himself to Lydia's mother Debbie.
He sobbed: 'I thought we'd move in together, and if that went well we'd get engaged and then be married in a few years.'
And Debbie replied: 'I know how much you love my
daughter, and as a mother that's always what you want. But if you love
her that much you have to give her space.'
Dressed to impress: Lauren wore an animal-print top with leggings and boots while Jessica stood out from the crowd in her brightly-coloured dress by popcouture.co.uk
Lydia seems to be doing her best to make the most of her space by spending time with her girlfriends.
And Lucy, Lauren and Jessica all
seemed more than happy to support their friend during the difficult time
by joining her on the night out.
Lauren, who wore an animal-print top
with black leggings and boots for the occasion, wrote on her Twitter
page: 'Can't believe @LydiaRoseBright has changed our gym plans 2 go out
for dinner instead haha!Oh well x'
Meanwhile, Lucy, who seems to be going through some relationship difficulties herself with her boyfriend Mario Falcone at the moment, looked chic in a printed dress while Jessica stood out from the crowd in her brightly-coloured dress by Pop Couture.
Happier times: Lydia with boyfriend Arg before they decided to take a break from their relationship