Yazmin Oukhellou has been spotted with an Essex gangster who is on the run from police – six months after her ex-Jake McLean died in a car accident, MailOnline can reveal.
The former TOWIE star, 28, who was a passenger in the car with on-off boyfriend Jake when he crashed in Turkey and lost his life at the scene, has been pictured cosying up to Kirk Holdrick, 40, at restaurant Montecristo Marrakech.
They were also seen relaxing in the sunshine together on a bed at luxury hotspot Nikki Beach Marrakech, where Yazmin posed on Instagram for glamorous bikini pictures.
Sources close to Yazmin say the couple are ‘inseparable’ and she is hoping to relocate to Morocco, where she has setup a boutique hotel rental called The Little Palace Marrakech.
New romance: Yazmin Oukhellou has been spotted with an Essex gangster who is on the run from police – six months after her ex-Jake McLean died in a car accident, MailOnline can reveal
Tragic: The former TOWIE star was a passenger in the car with on-off boyfriend Jake when he crashed in Turkey and lost his life at the scene
Former partners: Yazmin’s new love interest Kirk is currently on the run from police following an altercation with TOWIE’s Hannah Voynan’s ex-boyfriend (pictured in September)
An insider told MailOnline: ‘Yazmin and Kirk are getting serious after meeting through mutual friends in Morocco and spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve together.
‘Kirk has met Yazmin’s family and she’s finally feeling happier again after everything that happened this summer.
‘She hoped to start 2023 afresh and sees Kirk as her rock following his support throughout the aftermath of Jake’s passing.’
Reality star Yazmin has been posting a flurry of glamorous bikini pictures from Morocco, including in the swimming pool of her family’s boutique hotel.
She has shared photos with her 745K Instagram followers showcasing her curves at Nikki Beach Marrakech, where she was pictured on a sun bed relaxing with Kirk.
Kicking back: They were also seen relaxing in the sunshine together on a bed at luxury hotspot Nikki Beach Marrakech, where Yazmin posed on Instagram for glamorous bikini pictures
In a second photo exclusively obtained by MailOnline, Yazmin and Kirk look close at dimly lit bar and restaurant Montecristo Marrakech.
Yazmin’s new love interest is currently on the run from police following an altercation with TOWIE’s Hannah Voynan’s ex-boyfriend.
Kirk, who was seeing Hannah after she joined the ITVBe series last year, breached the terms of his licence following an alleged ruckus with her ex and is wanted by cops.
MailOnline has approached Yazmin’s spokesperson for comment.
Rest in peace: Jake McLean lost his life aged 33 in July when his car veered off a cliff in Turkey, while Yazmin miraculously escaped the crash with injuries to her arm
In 2004, he was arrested for attempting to rob a Securicor vehicle at gunpoint and five months later, while on remand, he escaped Pentonville Prison by scaling a 30ft wall and claiming through razor wire, according to a local news report.
A jury at Harrow Crown Court found Kirk guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and being in possession of a loaded firearm and he was sentenced to life imprisonment in October 2005.
TOWIE bosses subsequently axed Hannah from the series after she was last pictured together with Kirk at London’s Sexy Fish restaurant in September.
Yazmin’s new romance comes six months after her ex-Jake lost his life aged 33 in a tragic car accident.
Sun kissed: Reality star Yazmin has been posting a flurry of glamorous bikini pictures from Morocco, including in the swimming pool of her family’s boutique hotel, The Little Palace Marrakech
Fun in the sun: James Lock’s former girlfriend posed at Nikki Beach Marrakech, pouting and showing off her voluptuous figure as she enjoyed her Moroccan holiday in a post shared on January 1
The on-off couple were on holiday together when Jake crashed his car off a cliff in Bodrum, Turkey and died at the scene.
Jake was famed for his relationship with TOWIE star Lauren Goodger and the Essex businessman also romanced Love Island’s Georgia Harrison.
Yazmin told The Sun that to survive the smash she climbed down a cliff covered in blood with a broken arm and now she has permanent physical scarring.
After being told by doctors that she was lucky to walk away from the devastating accident, Yazmin confessed to experiencing sleepless nights and needing therapy because she couldn’t understand why she had been given a second chance at life.
Glamorous: Yazmin has been keeping her Instagram followers updated with her travels, sharing a mirrored selfie in her bikini
Indulgent: Yazmin also shared a video from upmarket Nouba Restaurant Marrakech to her Instagram Stories this week
In July last year, she said: ‘I severed an artery and a nerve, that’s why I bled so much. The doctors called me an angel, a miracle, because it’s a notorious spot and people have never survived.
‘Now I’m just wondering how the hell did my partner die while I’ve survived? It’s made me look at life totally differently.’
Yazmin was reportedly banned from attending Jake’s funeral after his family blamed her for his sad passing and said the couple had been arguing at the point of the crash.
The ITVBe star shared a post on Instagram ahead of the turning of the New Year, reflecting on the painful and life changing events of 2022.
‘I lived through something I shouldn’t have’: The ITVBe star shared a post on Instagram ahead of the turning of the New Year, reflecting on the painful and life changing events of 2022
She said: ‘This was the year that changed my life forever.
‘I lived through something I shouldn’t have. I learned that I am not as weak as I thought I was.
‘I learned the importance of family and good friends and I learned that each and everyday is simply a blessing.
‘There are nights I still cry myself to sleep and days I put my phone on aeroplane mode and hide away from the world and that is okay.
‘There are days I glam myself up and post on here so that everyone thinks I’m doing great and living my best life. And you know what? That’s okay too.’