PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: TOWIE's James 'Arg' Argent cosies up to female pal as he enjoys post NTAs bash... after ex Gemma Collins shuts down claims she is back with him

His on/off girlfriend Gemma Collins shot down any speculation that they were back together on this week's Good Morning Britain. 

And James 'Arg' Argent was pictured brushing off his romance woes, as he enjoyed a night with friends at the National Television Awards in London on Tuesday night.   

The 30-year-old TOWIE star cut a dapper figure while clad in a tailored tuxedo and was spotted having a ball, as he cosied up to a female friend at the awards ceremony after-party.

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Chit chat: James 'Arg' Argent was pictured chatting to a female pal at the after-party of the National Television Awards in London on Tuesday night

Chit chat: James 'Arg' Argent was pictured chatting to a female pal at the after-party of the National Television Awards in London on Tuesday night

James teamed his two-piece suit with a white crisp shirt, bow-tie and leather dress shoe while his hair was softly tousled in the wind.

He appeared to be engrossed in conversation with his companion, a TV executive, as the close friends shared a joke while waiting outside the exclusive soiree.   

Arg appeared to keep his pal entertained, as she was seen laughing animatedly at the reality star - no doubt showcasing his loveable sense of humour as seen on the small screen.

Appearing to know each other well, Arg was seen putting an arm around the friend and the pair shared a hug, before continuing the night's festivities inside the bash.  

Having fun: The 30-year-old TOWIE star was clad in his tailored tuxedo as he cosied up to his female friend at the bash

Having fun: The 30-year-old TOWIE star was clad in his tailored tuxedo as he cosied up to his female friend at the bash

Close: The good friends were seen keeping each other company as they waited outside of the exclusive soiree
Ever the gent: Arg was seen wrapping an arm around his pal, as the duo hugged

Close: The good friends were seen keeping each other company as they waited outside of the exclusive soiree

Earlier in the night, Arg managed to avoid a possible awkward run-in with his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright was also spotted at The O2. 

However, the blonde beauty was in the venue to see American crooner August Alsina, 25, play on the Indigo stage while the annual awards were held in the main SSE arena. 

Meanwhile, his cosy display comes after Gemma Collins was quick to insist things aren't heating up between herself and her long-time TOWIE love interest while appearing on Monday's installment of Good Morning Britain. 

The reality star - who appeared to peeve host Piers Morgan after arriving 30 minutes late - was typically candid as she discussed her love life - or lack of, where Arg is concerned.  

Suit you: James teamed his two-piece suit with a white crisp shirt, bow-tie and leather dress shoe while his hair was softly tousled in the wind

Suit you: James teamed his two-piece suit with a white crisp shirt, bow-tie and leather dress shoe while his hair was softly tousled in the wind

Brushing off his woes: Arg appeared to be enjoying his evening - forgetting about his romance woes of late when it comes to on/off flame Gemma Collins
Seeking advice? He was seen locked in conversation with his female friend, a TV executive, as they continued the night's festivities

Brushing off his woes: Arg appeared to be enjoying his evening - forgetting about his romance woes of late when it comes to on/off flame Gemma Collins

Beating the chill? The duo made sure to hold onto each other, no doubt wanting to keep the chillier climes at bay 

Beating the chill? The duo made sure to hold onto each other, no doubt wanting to keep the chillier climes at bay 

Quizzed by Susanna Reid on whether she is currently seeing her on/off beau, Gemma retorted: 'No.' 

However, her answer might still arouse some suspicion given that Arg was pictured leaving her house on his moped on Friday morning.

The reality star appeared to want to keep a low profile as he exited her home in a very casual ensemble of tracksuit bottoms, a waterproof jacket and trainers.

However, Gemma claimed his visits are more innocent than they appear, claiming that he actually stops to see her neighbour, Ferne McCann, and merely pops in for a cup of tea when he's passing through.

Entertained: Staying close to his friend, Arg appeared to be entertaining the beauty with his wit while they waited outside the exclusive party

Entertained: Staying close to his friend, Arg appeared to be entertaining the beauty with his wit while they waited outside the exclusive party

Chic: Following his dapper lead, his petite pal looked stylish in a pair of suit trousers which she teamed with a gold-coloured camisole while draping a white blazer around her shoulders

Chic: Following his dapper lead, his petite pal looked stylish in a pair of suit trousers which she teamed with a gold-coloured camisole while draping a white blazer around her shoulders

She added: 'The press keep saying he's popping by my house - he pops to see Ferne. Ferne is my neighbour, so he says, "Gem, I'm popping by for tea".'

While Gemma's relationship with Arg remains one of TOWIE's leading storylines, Piers admitted he had never heard of the star, who the Celebrity Big Brother star described as a 'dear friend'.

Gemma and Arg have enjoyed an on/off relationship since they first started dating in 2012.

Chilled: Earlier in the night, Arg managed to avoid a possible awkward run-in with his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright was also spotted at The O2

Chilled: Earlier in the night, Arg managed to avoid a possible awkward run-in with his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright was also spotted at The O2

Moving on: However, the blonde beauty was in the venue to see American crooner August Alsina, 25, play on the Indigo stage while the annual awards were held in the main SSE arena
Moving on: However, the blonde beauty was in the venue to see American crooner August Alsina, 25, play on the Indigo stage while the annual awards were held in the main SSE arena

Moving on: However, the blonde beauty was in the venue to see American crooner August Alsina, 25, play on the Indigo stage while the annual awards were held in the main SSE arena

Yet Arg delighted TOWIE viewers by finally confessing his feelings for Gemma in the show's Christmas special, though their friendship has struggled to blossom into anything more after he announced he is uprooting and moving to Spain.  

But Gemma seems to have taken the news in good spirits, and has recently thrown herself back into the dating game after signing up to star in Celebs Go Dating.  

She is among a slew of famous faces who will look for love on the E4 reality favourite, with Love Island's Mike Thalassitis and Made in Chelsea's Sam Thompson and Ollie Locke also set to star.     

In the past: Gemma Collins was quick to insist things aren't heating up between herself and her long-time TOWIE love interest while appearing on Monday's installment of Good Morning Britain

In the past: Gemma Collins was quick to insist things aren't heating up between herself and her long-time TOWIE love interest while appearing on Monday's installment of Good Morning Britain

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