Former TOWIE star Joey Turner hits back at fans who expressed concern at his new slimmed down appearance and warns he is ‘not a role model’  

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  • The reality star, 21, – who left Essex five months ago – has been posting multiple photos where he looks very skinny
  • One of the series of posts was simply captioned with the word ‘heroin’
  • One concerned fan commented: ‘The more you post, the more worried I get’
  • Joey became a firm favorite on TOWIE after joining a wave of new cast members in 2019
  • He left the show earlier this year after two and a half years to go to university.

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Former TOWIE star Joy Turner hit back at fans who expressed concern over her new slimmed down appearance on Saturday.

The reality star, 21, – who left Essex five months ago, has caused concern among her followers with her modeling shots skinny with the word ‘heroin’.

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Joey faces blacklash and talks about being ‘not a role model’ as she shares A photo of Kirsten Dunst dressed as Marie Antoinette with the caption: ‘Let them eat the cake.’

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‘I’m not your role model’: Former TOWIE star Joy Turner hits back at fans who expressed concern over her new slimmed down appearance on Saturday

What's up?  The reality star created concern among her followers with her skinny snaps bearing the word 'heroin'.

What’s up? The reality star created concern among her followers with her skinny snaps bearing the word ‘heroin’.

In a separate statement, Joy defended her modeling pictures, saying: ‘I am not your role model.

‘If I’m being honest I don’t get swayed by comments, I just want people who know about me that I’m fine.

‘I don’t care about comments just because it’s hard to care about the opinions of people who don’t know anything about me, my diet, my metabolism or my medical history with my weight.

‘I’m a student of 20, I’m not on TV. I’m a student like no other and I’m not your role model, so if you want someone to look up to you, I suggest someone else sit on a pedestal because that’s not me.’

Fame: Joy left Essex only five months ago (pictured in September 2019)

Fame: Joy left Essex only five months ago (pictured in September 2019)

Reaction: Apparently in reference to the uproar, Joey posted a photo of Kirsten Dunst dressed as Marie Antoinette to her Instagram story with the caption: 'Let them eat cake'

Reaction: Apparently in reference to the uproar, Joey posted a photo of Kirsten Dunst dressed as Marie Antoinette to her Instagram story with the caption: ‘Let them eat cake’

In a black and white snap, Joy wore ripped tights, a crop top and socks and stared at the camera.

In others, she sits on a wall, wearing snakeskin trousers and a tiger print top, before slipping into a black dress, with a cross chain and balaclava mask.

Her appearance on TV last year was more slim, and one concerned fan commented: ‘The more you post, the more worried I am’

Another said: ‘Towi guys please check that he is fine.’

Photoshoot: In a black and white snap, Joy wears ripped tights, a crop top and socks and looks at the camera

Photoshoot: In a black and white snap, Joy wears ripped tights, a crop top and socks and looks at the camera

A third wrote: ‘Very very sad.’

Joy and a representative from ITV have been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.

In his statement on leaving the show, he wrote: ‘After two and a half years on the show, I have decided to take a step back and forge a new path for myself.

“I started the show at the age of 17, when the makers asked me if I was interested in appearing on TV.

Slim: Another picture shows Joy sitting on a wall, wearing snakeskin trousers and a tiger print top

Slim: Another picture shows Joy sitting on a wall, wearing snakeskin trousers and a tiger print top

The Bold Look: Then she slipped into a black dress, accessorizing with a cross chain and balaclava mask

The Bold Look: Then she slipped into a black dress, accessorizing with a cross chain and balaclava mask

Weight: Joey started looking slimmer earlier this year (filming TOWIE in April 2021)

Weight: Joey started looking slimmer earlier this year (filming TOWIE in April 2021)

‘Like any other 17-year-old, I said yes and so I dropped out and started making films.

‘Even though I was basically a kid, I had the most fun experiences when I started out and made so many wonderful friends.

‘I am incredibly grateful for the whole experience and now it is time for the next chapter.’

Star: Joy became a firm favorite on TOWIE after joining a wave of new cast members in 2019 (pictured in 2019)

Star: Joy became a firm favorite on TOWIE after joining a wave of new cast members in 2019 (pictured in 2019)

Joey was emotional in the final scenes of the broadcast telling his co-star Chloe Brockett that he was going back to education.

‘I am leaving Essex,’ he said. ‘I have applied for Manchester Younis…

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