'I'll have a baby next year': Lauren Goodger is planning a family with convicted criminal Joey Morrison who is serving an 18-year sentence... as she claims he's 'not a bad person'
She's not had the most luck when it comes to matters of the heart - but Lauren Goodger reveals she's planning a baby with a convicted criminal next year.
Speaking to Closer, the 30-year-old said that while she describes Joey Morrison as a 'close friend', she can't wait to become a mother.
She said: 'I'll have one [a baby] next year. I want one right now, really. Hopefully I'll have a little girl, but if I have a boy first, then it's fine because she'll have an older brother.'
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'I'll have a baby next year': Lauren Goodger reveals she is planning a family with convicted criminal Joey Morrison who is serving an 18-year sentence
Lauren's 'love interest' is currently serving an 18-year-sentence but is due to be released in a matter of months after serving half his time.
And the former TOWIE star couldn't be happier.
She told the publication: 'He's not a bad person because he's in prison. Yes, he's not been an angel but people deserve a second chance and his crimes never involved innocent people.'
After talking about Joey (pictured) she said: 'I'll have one [a baby] next year. I want one right now, really. Hopefully I'll have a little girl, but if I have a boy first, then it's fine because she'll have an older brother'
Lauren calls Joey 'a beautiful person inside and out' and said she's said she wishes she could spend Christmas with him.
She said: 'I'm going to visit him over the Christmas period and I really wanted to see him on Christmas Day, but sadly the prison is closed.'
According to the Sunday People, Morrison is currently serving part of his lengthy sentence in HMP Standford Hill, Kent, where Lauren's visits have prompted rumours of a romance.
New romance? Lauren's 'love interest' is currently serving an 18-year-sentence but is due to be released in a matter of months after serving half his time
The prison is rated as category D open prison, meaning prisoners work within the community outside of the jail and there is a more relaxed attitude for visits.
Morrison, alongside accomplice Marvin Russell Jacobs, was convicted of possession with intent to supply, possession of a firearm, kidnap, blackmail, actual bodily harm and aggravated burglary following an eight-week trial at Wood Green in North London.
In one incident, the pair were accused of forcing their way into a home in Enfield and using a stun gun on a 27-year-old man while demanding £2million. When the victim told them the police were outside, the suspects fled.
The judge at the time said the victims were concerned in the supply of drugs.
Lauren's love life has often been thrust into the limelight, and her last serious relationship was with Jake McLean, who also spent time behind bars.
The couple first started dating in 2012 before splitting in 2013, only to rekindle their love for a few months between 2015 and 2016.
Former flame: Lauren's love life has often been thrust into the limelight, and her last serious relationship was with Jake McLean, who also spent time behind bars
McLean was jailed for three-and-a-half years at St Albans Court in 2008 after being found guilty of conning his way into a mother's house two days before Christmas, overpowering her before a masked gang ran in and raided the family home.
Prior to her relationship with Jake, Lauren was engaged to co-star Mark Wright, following a rocky ten year relationship.
However, the couple split in 2012 and he has since gone on to marry actress Michelle Keegan.
All over now: Prior to her relationship with Jake, Lauren was engaged to co-star Mark Wright, following a rocky ten year relationship - he's now married to Michelle Keegan
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