Joey Essex not dating Amy Willerton (yet?): 'We're close friends'

Published Thursday, Dec 12 2013, 13:58 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Joey Essex has played down reports that he and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here co-star Amy Willerton are dating, insisting right now they are "just close friends."

The TOWIE favourite and model Amy shared plenty of chemistry on the show and were thought to have begun dating after leaving the Australian jungle last week.

Amy Willerton and Joey Essex outside a hotel in Australia after their first date
9 Dec 2013

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Joey and Amy in Australia together on 9 December.

Reports claimed that before jetting out of Oz, the pair attended the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here wrap party as a couple before stopping at McDonald's for a 'dinner date' on their way back to the luxury hotel the contestants were staying in.

But during an appearance on ITV's This Morning today (12 December), a coy Joey, 23, said of whether they are an item: "No, we are just close friends..."

WHAT?! Confused.

Joey Essex appears on ITV's This Morning, 12 December 2013


Joey appeared on This Morning on 12 December.

We're not alone as Holly Willoughby said everyone was getting "mixed messages" following all the rumours. "How close are you?" she asked. "Tongues close? Lips close?"

Joey laughed in response: "No! We're just really close."

Then Phillip Schofield asked him outright on whether the pair have kissed. Cue an embarrassed looking Joey! He refused to be drawn on whether he and Amy have kissed. Well, they do say a real gentleman never kisses and tells...

When asked if things might have developed between them in camp if cameras hadn't been there, he replied: "When we were both in the jungle we were really close as friends but I think because there was cameras there and stuff, we wanted to get to know each other a bit more maybe after when we come out."

Joey Essex appears on ITV's This Morning and poses for a picture with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, 12 December 2013

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Posing with "reem" Phillip and "salty potato" Holly.

He confirmed the pair did chat at last night's The Sun Military Awards in London, which they attended just hours after touching back down in the UK, but said they didn't leave together.

Fans of a Joey/Amy romance, however, shouldn't be too disappointed... they are meeting up tonight so romance could well be on the cards in the future!

He said: "Some people said I took her on a date to McDonald's the other day but I didn't, we were just having a burger together. We haven't actually had a proper proper date together yet, so I'm looking forward to that."