Former TOWIE star Joey Turner has responded to fans expressing their concern after he posted a series of snaps to Instagram.

The 20-year-old shared a number of black and white photos that revealed his transformation after leaving the ITVBe show.

In one of the pictures, Joey posed with a black ribbon around his naked chest with a mask covering his eyes.

Another photo showed Joey wearing ripped tights and a crop top while glaring into the camera's lens.

Speaking out for the first time since sharing his modelling snaps, a defiant Joey told fans: "I am not your role model."

Towie’s Joey Turner sparked concerns with latest snaps from photoshoot

The former reality star, 20, assured fans he was 'okay'

"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."

The star, who left TOWIE four months ago, had been inundated with messages from concerned followers over his most recent Instagram posts.

Joey said he's a student 'not a role model' in a defiant statement

He moved from Essex to Manchester this year to study fashion (



May of the fans called on Joey's former cast-members to check in with him.

"The more you post the more concerned I am getting," wrote one.

"TOWIE friends please check he is ok," urged another.

Joey revealed he was quitting the show in May this year in order to go back into education.

In a tearful conversation aired on the show, Joey told his pal Chloe Brockett: "I am leaving Essex.

Joey told his pal Chloe Brockett this year why he had decided to quit TOWIE (



"I've applied to Manchester unis to study fashion."

In a statement to fans, Joey explained why he was leaving after nearly three years.

"I have decided to take a step back and create a new path for myself," he said.

"I started the show when I was 17 years old after being approached by producers asking if I was interested in being on TV.

"Like any other 17-year-old would have done, I said yes and so I quit studying and started filming.

"Even though I was basically a child when I started I have had the most fun experience and made so many amazing friends.

"I am incredibly grateful for the entire experience and now it's time for the next chapter."

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