TOWIE star Harry Derbidge is seen for first time since ex Rhys Alan Smith’s death


Harry Derbidge was seen for the first time since the tragic death of his ex-boyfriend Rhys Alan Smith when he stepped out on Saturday.

The TOWIE star, 27 was on hand to film the latest series of the reality show and joined his cast members to shoot new scenes in Essex, it is not known if Harry was aware of Rhys’ passing at the time.

His outing comes as it was revealed to MailOnline that Rhys’ death was not being treated as suspicious by police.

Putting on a brave face: TOWIE star Harry Derbidge was seen for first time since ex Rhys Alan Smith’s passing on Tuesday as it was revealed his death is not being treated as suspicious

Harry opted for a sombre look as he stepped out in an all-black ensemble that paired a varsity jacket with sleek cargo trousers.

He completed the look by wearing a simple black shirt and lace-up boots, while he accessorised with a silver pendant necklace. 

Last week, it was revealed that Rhys had been found dead in Tenerife where he had been living, with the cast of the The Only Way Is Essex paying tribute.   

Heartbreaking: Harry's outing comes as it was revealed Rhys' death was not being treated as suspicious after he was found dead last week (pictured left with ex Harry Derbidge)

Heartbreaking: Harry’s outing comes as it was revealed Rhys’ death was not being treated as suspicious after he was found dead last week (pictured left with ex Harry Derbidge) 

Look: Harry opted for a sombre look as he stepped out in an all-black ensemble that paired a varsity jacket with sleek cargo trousers for the day's shoot

Look: Harry opted for a sombre look as he stepped out in an all-black ensemble that paired a varsity jacket with sleek cargo trousers for the day’s shoot

Police sources on the island confirmed on Tuesday that officers had been called to an address in Granadilla de Abona in the south of the island in the early hours of last Thursday morning.  

An insider told MailOnline: ‘The alarm was raised around 3.50am and a man was confirmed as being dead at the address officers went to. 

‘An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is still ongoing and a report has been sent to a local court coordinating the probe. 

‘But there were no obvious signs of any violence and at this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious or the result of a crime.’   

Attention to detail: Harry completed the look by wearing a simple black shirt, while he accessorised with a silver pendant necklace

Attention to detail: Harry completed the look by wearing a simple black shirt, while he accessorised with a silver pendant necklace

Of Rhys' death, an insider said: 'An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is still ongoing and a report has been sent to a local court coordinating the probe'

Of Rhys’ death, an insider said: ‘An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is still ongoing and a report has been sent to a local court coordinating the probe’ 

The news comes after Rhys’ ex boyfriend Harry broke his silence with an Instagram tribute to his former flame.

The TOWIE star penned a heartfelt post to his ex-boyfriend, who he dated in 2013, which he shared to Instagram on Monday alongside a series of photographs of the pair together.

Alongside three photos of himself with Rhys, Harry penned: ‘I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Rhys was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the memories we shared together.

‘He was the most caring and thoughtful man and this news has truly broken my heart.

Heartbroken: Harry (right), recently broke his silence following the death of his ex Rhys (left)

Heartbroken: Harry (right), recently broke his silence following the death of his ex Rhys (left)

‘My thoughts right now are with he’s family, mum, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, Nan and all he’s friends. I still can’t believe this is true. RIP Rhys, I will never forget you. (sic)’  

In the three images which Harry shared to his Instagram, the former couple appeared to be incredibly close.   

Harry’s statement comes after sources said the reality star was ‘absolutely devastated’ and had been ‘crying all day’ while being comforted by his cousin Amy Childs, who is reportedly just as shocked by the tragic news. 

Moving: The TOWIE star penned a heartfelt tribute to his ex-boyfriend, who he dated in 2013, which he shared to Instagram on Monday alongside a series of photographs of them together

Moving: The TOWIE star penned a heartfelt tribute to his ex-boyfriend, who he dated in 2013, which he shared to Instagram on Monday alongside a series of photographs of them together

A source close to Harry told OK!: ‘Harry’s absolutely devastated to hear that Rhys has died. It has come as such a huge shock to him. He’s been crying all day.’ 

They added that Amy has been just as heartbroken by news of Rhys’ passing.

She is so shocked, she couldn’t believe it when she heard the news,’ the source said. ‘She’s been trying to comfort Harry, but he is inconsolable. It’s just so, so sad.’ 

Rhys was also close friends with cast members Gemma Collins and James Argent, who paid tribute in the comments of his last social media post. 

Emotional: Harry penned: 'I can't believe I'm even writing this. Rhys was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the memories we shared together'

Emotional: Harry penned: ‘I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Rhys was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the memories we shared together’

Gemma said in an emotional tribute: ‘My heart will never be the same. I won’t ever be the same, love you Reece’, while Arg added: ‘Love you mate.’

Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris. 

In 2014, Harry, who is now engaged to beau Dean Rowland, split from Bobby after he told the reality star he had slept with his ex at the beginning of their romance. 

Only recently on TOWIE, Harry and Bobby have been caught in several bitter rows as they addressed their past split, although Rhys was never directly named on the show.

Close: Harry's cousin Amy Childs has reportedly been consoling him, with a source adding: 'She is so shocked, she couldn't believe it when she heard the news'

Close: Harry’s cousin Amy Childs has reportedly been consoling him, with a source adding: ‘She is so shocked, she couldn’t believe it when she heard the news’

Rhys’ last Instagram post was on April 3 where he shared a photo of himself in Tenerife captioned: ‘Quality time with myself.’ 

Prior to that, he had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends. 

He then returned to his former base in Spain where he is believed to have been training as a masseuse. 

Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby. 

In 2014, Harry split from Bobby after he told the reality star he had slept with an ex at the beginning of their romance.    

He said at the time: ‘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.’  

Exes: Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris (Harry and Bobby pictured in 2014)

Exes: Rhys dated TOWIE star Harry in 2013 with the former couple regularly appearing at events together before Harry dated Bobby Norris (Harry and Bobby pictured in 2014) 

Bobby, who went on to ‘take a break’ from the ITVBe series, branded Harry a ‘compulsive liar’ and accused him of trying to ‘rewrite the history’ of their break-up, which took place seven years ago. 

The reality star’s pal Amy Childs – who is also Harry’s cousin – tried to build bridges between the pair by inviting them both to dinner, however the meeting ended in a bitter row and Bobby stormed off. 

Harry had been unhappy with Amy carrying on a friendship with his ex, despite the fact their relationship ended seven years ago and Harry is now engaged.  

Sad: Earlier this year, Rhys had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends (pictured in March)

Sad: Earlier this year, Rhys had spent time in Dubai where he had shared several pictures of himself enjoying various activities such as kayaking with friends (pictured in March) 



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