In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Sam explained how she is "mentally a lot older" than Joey, despite him being 23 and her being 22.
Sam said: "I was engaged to a boy who [was] 22 but I'm mentally a lot older than him.
"Everyone says I mothered him but Joey does need direction and anyone in that situation would want to look after him."
Sam and Joey got engaged in front of the TOWIE cameras after being whisked to Dubai by Joey earlier this year. But the couple never made it down the aisle and broke up just weeks later.
Joey is currently in Australia taking part in this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.
Despite him walking around the jungle most of the time with his top off, it seems Sam has no regrets about breaking away from him in June.
She added: "Joey can act like he has OCD. Everything has to be done the Joey way."
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