Tom Kilbey has quit 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

The hunky star - who is currently dating Lydia Bright - has decided to depart the show so he can spend time on new projects, but he has not yet confirmed what he will be doing.

He wrote in a series of posts on twitter: "Thank you to everyone who has supported me on TOWIE but I'm guna take some time out from the show to focus on other things #staytuned x

"Thank you @OnlyWayIsEssex and everyone who has supported me made some great friends but gota be true to myself and do what I wana do x (sic)"

Although Lydia is believed to be carrying on with the show, she posted a cryptic tweet about "change" at the same time Tom revealed he was departing.

She wrote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. (sic)"

The current series of 'TOWIE' has finished, but a live Christmas special is being planned on December.