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TOWIE’s James Argent banks six-figure paycheck five years after hitting ‘rock bottom’ in his addiction

The Only Way Is Essex’s James Argent has picked up a six-figure paycheck just five years after hitting “rock bottom” in his addiction battle.

Arg, 36, has had a tough time overcoming cocaine addiction and dropping nearly 14 stone, spending all of his money on rehab stays which left him with nothing in the bank three years ago.

Now, he has turned his finances around with two businesses whose total worth is more than £300,000 – a far cry from the peak of his problems with drugs that included two near-fatal overdoses and saw him sink all his cash into treatment.

The TV star’s company Arg Promotions Ltd has filed its most recent accounts with Companies House showing that it is currently worth £151,650, with cash reserves of £47,396.



James Argent has recorded a very healthy bank balance
James Argent has recorded a very healthy bank balance



Arg back in 2018, a year before he hit 'rock bottom'
Arg back in 2018, a year before he hit ‘rock bottom’

Meanwhile, company accounts for his other business James Argent Ltd for the previous year show it is worth more than £153,000, leaving Arg’s finances looking very healthy.

He is not the only reality star to have found fame on TOWIE who is now reaping the financial rewards, as a recent rich list of the cast past and present showed Mark Wright tops the list, worth a whopping £15 million.

Arg has made no secret of how difficult life has been for him in recent years – in 2019 he had two near-fatal drug overdoses as ex Gemma Collins called police and paramedics to his house after she and his parents had been unable to get him to answer the door.



Things are looking up for the TOWIE star
Things are looking up for the TOWIE star

He had claimed at the time that it was a misunderstanding, but in 2020 admitted that he had been taking drugs on his own at home for three days straight, telling The Sun: “I was at rock bottom. My heart was beating out of my chest, my nose was bleeding, I was shaking and my breathing was terrible.

“My family were banging on the door screaming, ‘Open up’ but I wasn’t answering the door to anyone. They feared I’d overdosed and was dead in the house.”

It was the lowest point in his seven-year addiction, which had also seen him suspended from TOWIE in 2014 after failing a drug test, being dumped by Lydia Bright in 2016 after she allegedly caught him taking drugs, and getting booted off TOWIE again in 2019 for failing another drug test.



Arg has been doing well from performance jobs and appearances
Arg has been doing well from performance jobs and appearances



Arg has documented his incredible weight loss journey
Arg has documented his incredible weight loss journey

Arg had also struggled with an eating disorder that caused him to binge eat and saw his weight rocket to 27 stone, but when doctors warned him he was at risk of dying from Covid during the pandemic, he started to get fit and had a gastric band fitted in 2021, eventually losing nearly 14 stone.

He recently told the MailOnline’s podcast: “I remember the doctors saying to me ‘you’re on death row’ and things like that, it was bad. I couldn’t tie my shoelaces, I have bad asthma and was finding it hard to breathe.”

Arg also had a tummy tuck in January 2023 as he had been left with excess skin after his dramatic weight loss.

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