Joey Essex: "I was never in a relationship with Amy Willerton!"

Published Monday, Jan 13 2014, 17:30 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Joey Essex has denied that he was ever in a relationship with I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! co-star Amy Willerton and claims they were only friends.

The TOWIE regular was rumoured to have been dating Amy after the pair were voted out of the Aussie jungle by I'm A Celeb viewers in November.

British Comedy Awards, London, Britain - 12 Dec 2013
Joey Essex and Amy Willerton

© Twitter / @neonmanagement

Following their return to the UK, Joey and Amy were photographed together on a number of occasions and even appeared to be a picture perfect couple at the British Comedy Awards last month.

But according to Joey, they were nothing more than good friends.

Speaking to the Mail Online today (13 January), the Essex native said: "We never had a relationship anyway, we were never a couple, we just really got along in the jungle."

Debate - is it right to fancy Joey Essex? Amy Willerton give Joey Essex a massage in the jungle

© ITV / Rex Features

Amy and Joey became close in the Aussie jungle last year

His confession comes after Amy revealed her side of the story over the weekend

The 21-year-old model explained to the The Sun On Sunday that she and her I'm A Celeb campmate had called time on their "relationship" because she wanted to avoid becoming "the next Katie Price and Peter Andre".

However, Amy also admitted that she still fancied Joey.

Over the last few weeks, the twosome did a pretty good job at keeping us guessing when it came to their relationship status.

TOWIE's Joey Essex enjoys tea and biscuits with Amy Willerton.
12 December.

© Instagram / missamywillerton

But despite Joey referring to the blonde beauty as "my Ame" and introducing her to his TOWIE pals, it sounds like he never intended to take things any further that the friend zone.

Therefore, it's no surprise that both he and Amy have been spending time apart so far this year.

Earlier this month, Joey jetted off to Africa to film a new TV show, while Amy has now been spotted heading to the airport to catch a flight to LA.

Maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder?

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