The 25-year-old ITVBe star is going to bow out of the show at the end of the current series to spend more time on the bikini range she launched last year.
She told The Sun: “I am taking a long break from the show to focus on my new business ventures and an exciting bikini range.”
A source added: “Kate has been so busy recently with launching her new business ventures and doesn’t have the time to commit to the show.
“She is grateful for everything the show has given her but will now be focusing her attention on launching her new bikini line.
“She knows that the door is always open for her to return.”
Kate – who is rumoured to be dating Rio Ferdinand – joined TOWIE in 2015.
She was in a relationship with fellow TOWIE star Dan Edgar for six years before calling time on their romance last year.
A spokesperson for production company Lime Pictures said: “Kate has informed producers that she may take an extended break after filming for this series wraps. Continue here