'The Only Way is Essex' star Lauren Goodger has labelled her ex-fiance Mark Wright an "asshole".

The 24-year-old beauty - who split from the nightclub promoter last month after a 10-year on/off relationship - is thrilled their romance is finally over and believes women "respect" her more now.

She told The Sun newspaper: "He is an asshole. It needed to be done as I was getting too much grief and wasn't in a good place. I think girls respect me a lot more now that I've done it. I'm happy.

"It's all about the girls now and having fun. I don't need a man."

However, Lauren is worried about working with Mark when they begin filming the forthcoming third series of 'TOWIE' on Monday (19.09.11) and she doesn't want him to attend her birthday party.

She said: "I'm nervous. We start filming on Monday, which is my birthday. It's going to open with a big party - though I don't want Mark to come."

Lauren has previously blamed Mark being jealous of other men finding her attractive for the end of their engagement, as well as the "pressure" of the ITV2 reality programme and their upcoming nuptials.

She explained: "A lot of things went on between me and Mark. But basically it was the pressure of the show on our relationship and the wedding.

"There was a scene in the show where I was trying on a purple Julien Macdonald dress in Debenhams. It was a short dress, clingy, really lovely and sexy.

"I bought it but Mark never let me wear it. He was jealous of how I would sometimes look when I went out. Men can get really jealous. It wasn't always easy.

"So yeah, I dumped him - well actually it was mutual. I just had to move out of our flat."