TOWIE beauty Jessica Wright gave fashion tips, autographs and posed for photos with fans to launch her With Love Jessica pop up fashion boutique at Sheffield’s Meadowhall, writes Graham Walker.
The Only Way Is Essex star was set to be joined by boyfriend Ricky Rayment for the second of her two day visit to the mall on Tuesday, August 27.
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Located in Lower Park Lane, her With Love Jessica pop up boutique, a temporary store, is showcasing her clothing range, tanning products, candle collections, even her own branded sweets and TOWIE merchandise.
Fans stood in line for up to six-hours to get to the front of the queue to meet her.
Sheffield schoolgirls Beth Stapleton and Chloe Armitage, both 14, were thrilled to say hello. Chloe said: “She was lovely. Just like she is on TV.”
Pals Danielle Middleton and Celine Beech, both 15, who were first in line, had travelled all the way from Hull. Daniellle said: “I’m here to meet my idol. She’s lovely, very pretty and I’m so proud of her.
Jessica, who has over a million Twitter followers @MissJessWright_, says she was genuinely touched by the turn out but says there have been similar scenes at venues throughout the country.
“It’s very flattering. It’s crazy. I’m just a normal person in my eyes but they obviously watch the show as fans and lots of them love my music, so I’m really grateful,” said Jessica, who had a top 40 hit with debut single Dance All Night and plans to release another next month.
In an exclusive chat with The Star she confirmed her and boyfriend Ricky are now very much “back on track” after he cheated on her earlier this year in front of millions of TV viewers on the hit reality show.
“We are back on track and all is good. It was very much for real. Nothing is scripted. You just cope with it I suppose,’’ she said.
“You gets loads of fan support, loads of letters. You just deal with it and it makes you a stronger person.
“Ricky was obviously really apologetic and in regret. I just made a decision I would have either left him or stay with him and I agreed to stay with him.”
In a message to fans she added: “ Thank you so much. I am so grateful and flattered to have your support. Keep watching and stay tuned.”