Controversial Towie star looks unrecognisable as a schoolboy before dramatic weight loss – can you guess who it is?

THE Only Way is Essex former star Joey Turner has shared a snap of him as a schoolboy – and he looks totally different.

The 20-year-old recently sparked concern after revealing his dramatic weight loss.

And in this throwback picture the peroxide blonde uni student looks worlds' apart from his younger self.

He has light brown hair that's slightly curled and is surrounded by pals.

But cheeky Joey joked in the caption: "Me in school. I miss terrorising people, preparing them for the real world."

Joey has been flooded with negative comments about his appearance ever since leaving the ITVBe show.

His former co-star and close pal Chloe Brockett, 21, this week reminded people that words can hurt after he was cruelly slammed for being "too skinny".

Chloe begged the "internet to be kinder" during an Instagram Q&A when a fan asked if she and Joey were still friends.

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The Celebs Go Dating star replied: "Of course we are. He called me today.

"I love him very much, I wish the internet would be kinder to him. @joeyturnerrr."

In October, Chloe hit back at fans telling her to "help" the university student.

Sharing new pictures of his skinny frame, Chloe reacted to worried fans commenting on Instagram about his appearance, insisting: "It's his choice".

"What I’m a bit confused is as to why I’m constantly getting tagged in these pictures saying I should 'help' Joey," the reality star wrote.

"He is fine, he eats. I’ve spoken to him, I see him regularly, all these people preaching about 'help your friend' are also writing 'vile' and 'far too skinny!'

"Sorry Karen from Blackpool, I forgot you see Joey regularly and know what his eating and how he is?

"Yet me, his friend, gets moaned at by complete strangers? Make it make sense.

"Joey is fine and we speak regularly. I understand he looks skinny, but that is his personal choice."

Last month, Joey was forced to hit back at followers who dubbed him "too thin" as he admitted he wasn't bothered by comments about his figure.

"I am not your role model," he wrote in a statement.

"If I'm honest I'm not phased by the comments, I just want those who are about me to know I'm okay.

"I don't care about the comments simply because it's hard to care for the opinions of people that know nothing about me, my diet, my metabolism or my medical history with my weight.

"I'm a 20-year-old student, I'm not on TV. I'm a student like any other and I am not your role model, so if you want someone to look up to I suggest putting someone else on a pedestal because I am not him."

He added to The Sun: "I weigh seven and half stone, but I don't weigh myself. I don't care about how much I weigh. I am skinny, I can't help that I am skinny."

Joey admitted that he had "always had a long, thin frame" and believed to be eating a healthy diet of ceral, salad and sushi.

"I don't eat loads. I am not really a foodie, that's not me being anorexic, I just don't care to participate in gluttony," he hit back.

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