James ‘Arg’ Argent has confessed he is scared to go outside during daylight hours in case people see him after he revealed he now weighs 26 stone.
The former TOWIE star, 33, said he now feels so low that he comfort eats and avoids leaving his home before 4.30pm to avoid being seen.
It comes as Arg revealed he is set to undergo life-saving stomach surgery by having a gastric band fitted as a last resort to lose weight.
Honest: James ‘Arg’ Argent has confessed he is scared to go outside during daylight hours in case people see him after he revealed he now weighs 26 stone (pictured in May 2020)
He told The Sun: ‘I am depressed about it. I don’t want anyone to see me. If I need to do anything, I wait until it’s 4.30pm and it’s dark outside.
‘I see pictures of myself and it’s too upsetting.’
The reality personality hopes to lose 12 stone by undergoing the surgery in order to save his life, after doctors told him he was at risk of dying due to his weight.
He said medics have warned him he could die if he doesn’t slim down after his weight ballooned during lockdown.
Struggles: The former TOWIE star, 33, said he now feels so low that he comfort eats and avoids leaving his home before 4.30pm to avoid being seen (pictured in 2015)
James confessed that while he’s now marking a year of sobriety after overcoming his drug addiction, his weight has left him too embarrassed to leave the house and he spends hours alone comfort eating.
James told the publication that despite losing some weight after getting clean and sober last year, the pounds piled on after the gyms closed during lockdown, and he spent his spare time alone eating takeaways.
He said: ‘I don’t want to die. An op is the only way I can lose weight.’
Arg candidly revealed that he recently had to ask his manager to do up his shoe laces for him because he was unable to do it himself.
Final option: It comes as Arg revealed he is set to undergo life-saving stomach surgery by having a gastric band fitted as a last resort to lose weight (pictured earlier this month)
James said he’s now agonising over which form of stomach surgery to have with both operations costing around £10,000 each.
The star he’s deciding between a gastric bypass, which sees part of the stomach stapled to make it smaller, and sleeve gastrectomy, which is a more permanent procedure which sees a large section of the stomach removed.
Both operations will dramatically reduced the amount of food James can eat, meaning he will lose weight, and the star said he’s due to decide in the coming weeks which procedure he’ll have.
James has faced a much-publicised battle with his weight, which has drastically fluctuated since he rose to fame in 2010.
In 2015 the star was the slimmest he’d ever been, after losing four stone and transforming his physique.
Transformed: In 2015 the star was the slimmest he’d ever been after losing four stone, but has since seen his weight creep back up (left in 2015 and right in 2020)
But since then James’ weight has crept back up, and the star confessed he’s now too ashamed to leave his home during the day, and waits until it’s dark to go out in the hope he won’t be recognised.
He said that even his close friend Mark Wright has been moved to tears with concern about his size, and finally convinced him to face it by stepping on the scales.
James admitted both he and Mark were stunned to see he weighed nearly 27 stone, and warned him he needed to take his size seriously as it was having a serious effect on his health.
Difficult: James has faced a much-publicised battle with his weight which has drastically fluctuated since he rose to fame in 2010
The reality star blamed his weight gain on the COVID-19 pandemic which closed gyms and swimming pools.
This comes despite the star saying in October he had made some progress with his weight loss by losing five stone.
Last year James entered a rehab facility in Thailand to kick his drug addiction, and the star detailed how he used to hide his habit in his £1.3 million Essex home.
He then hit rock bottom when his family desperately attempted to get into his house after a three-day drug binge, with his addiction ending his relationships with Gemma Collins and Lydia Bright, as well as stalling his TV career.
Despite this James said he’s now celebrating a year of sobriety free of drugs and alcohol, and is now planning to document his weight loss journey with a TV documentary.
Struggles: The reality star blamed his weight gain on the COVID-19 pandemic which closed gyms and swimming pools (pictured in 2019)
The star he’s come to terms with the fact that he can never drink alcohol again and will have to substantially limit his food intake following the weight loss surgery.
Arg and Gemma ended their relationship in July after she revealed a string of abusive messages, purportedly sent to her by the TV personality prior to their split.
It’s understood James had made derogatory remarks about her weight after she suggested that he had bought another woman dinner.
In the unabridged statement of financial position, James’ accounts show that in 2019 he reported having £63,867 in cash at the bank.
However under the section for 2020 the section was left without a number a dash was used to fill the space.
The report also showed that James’ company – James Argent Limited – reported a difference and loss of £23,910 in its final assets for the two years.
Challenge: James split from Gemma Collins in July after allegedly making derogatory comments about her weight (pictured in 2019)