Love is the key to Maria’s happiness

Maria Fowler and Lee Croft

Maria Fowler and Lee Croft

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REALITY star Maria Fowler says her boyfriend, former Wiganer Lee Croft, has helped her feel more comfortable in her own skin.

The former The Only Way is Essex star admitted that last summer, she was dangerously obsessed with her weight and on anti depressants after a story broke accusing her of being a prostitute.

But speaking to Closer magazine, she said that falling in love with Lee, who was born in Billinge and now plays for Derby County, has helped her feel much more confident.

She said: “I used to think about getting liposuction, but now I’m with Lee - who I met in Marbella last August - I’m not bothered.

“If I feel paranoid about my looks, Lee just tells me he loves me as I am.

“Meeting Lee has made me realise those things like calories don’t matter.”

The 25-year-old also revealed that she wants to stay healthy to have a baby.

She said: “We talk about having a family a lot. When you’re too skinny, it is hard to fall pregnant.

“Lee would like two children, while I want three.

“We’ll probably have kids before we get married - starting a family is more important to me than a big white wedding.”