TOWIE's Joey Essex: "I was over Sam Faiers a long time ago!"

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Joey Essex, National Television Awards, The O2, London, Britain - 22 Jan 2014

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TOWIE's Joey Essex has admitted that he has been over ex-fiancée Sam Faiers for a long time now, despite her previously claiming she still loves him.

The couple were both left noticeably heartbroken last summer after ending their engagement during a group holiday to Marbella.

But although they briefly toyed with the idea of a reconciliation a few months later, it now sounds like there is no chance of the couple ever getting back together.

Last night, Joey attended the National Television Awards in London and claimed that his feelings for Sam were no more.

When asked whether he would ever consider taking the blonde Essex beauty back he said: "Sam? I was over Sam a long time ago."

However, he has checked out his former flame on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother - even if it was only the one time.

"I watched Sam go into the Celebrity Big Brother house, but I haven't watched her since because I've been in Africa filming my new show," he said. "I guess she has what it takes to win."

Last November, Sam admitted that she still loves Joey while chatting with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV's This Morning.

But her feelings appeared to go unnoticed by her ex-man, as he grew close to model Amy Willerton during his stint in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Sam and Joey have a heart to heart about their relationship, TOWIE episode 20 October 2013

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Joey says he has been over Sam for a long time

And apparently Joey and Amy are now such good pals that he's even given her a special gift.

"I actually gave Amy one of my fragrances", the TOWIE star joked last night. "I spoke to her while she was out in LA too."

"Amy and Kian were my best mates in the jungle".

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

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Joey has been growing close to Amy Willerton recently

Speaking of the jungle, Joey also admitted yesterday that his trip to Australia to compete on the popular ITV show was a huge shock to his system, especially living on basic rations and sleeping outside.

"I didn't know you had to sleep outside! I thought you got to sleep in huts and stuff, so when I got there I was like 'What, we're sleeping on the floor?!'," he said.

"I think the starvation side was the hardest. I found myself eating the skin on the fruits to try and put on weight. You'd eat anything out there."

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