Devastated James Argent pays tribute to ‘beautiful’ friend Rhys Alan Smith following his tragic death

JAMES Argent has paid tribute to his close friend Rhys Alan Smith following his tragic death.

Rhys – who was Harry Derbidge's ex- was tragically found dead in Tenerife, where he lives, last week.

Rhys has been at the centre of a recent Towie storyline with Bobby Norris and Harry.

He was close friends with numerous cast members, in particular Gemma Collins and James.

Sharing his upset today, Arg posted a picture of him sitting with Rhys.

He wrote: "RIP Rhys. A lovely human being and the most beautiful person inside and out."

Arg had previously commented on Rhys' last picture, telling him: "Love you mate."

Gemma had also commented, writing: “My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece ❤️.”


Harry and Rhys dated back in 2013 and make-up artist Harry later admitted he slept with Rhys when he had started dating Bobby.

The topic has been at the centre of a recent storyline as Bobby and Harry have come face-to-face on screen once again. 

While Rhys hasn’t been directly named, he has been referred to on numerous occasions as Bobby tried to get to the bottom of what happened. 



Back in 2014, Harry told Bobby he had slept with Rhys when they were together. 

He said:  "Before I tell you this I absolutely love you so much. Please don't cry, please.

"When we was in Tenerife I did sleep with my ex. I'm f**king so sorry because I f**king never meant to hurt you, I really didn't."

However, fast forward to this year and Harry has now said he wasn’t actually with Bobby at the time.


He said:  "We weren't together then. I think there's a confusion with all this.

"January 2014, me and Gemma [Collins] booked a holiday and we went to Tenerife. My ex was there, done the deed but at that point me and you had a couple of texts but that was the start of us chatting."

Their co-star Saffron Lempriere got involved and texted Rhys to find out the truth.

He replied: "He come over February 2014.


"That's when we slept together and I hadn't known until after he went that he was with Bobby so yeah, they was together."

Rhys' last picture saw him soaking up the sun on the beach, telling his followers: “Quality time with myself 🙌🏽.”

He is thought to have spent time living in Dubai before returning to Spain, where he is believed to have been training as a masseuse.

The fitness fan, who had transformed his look in recent years, often went on holiday with Gemma.

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