The former TOWIE star, 23, has admitted that the pair still have feelings for each other and seemed to hint that a reunion could be on the cards.
He also denied having a relationship with Amy Willerton, who he flirted with on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
In an interview with today's The Sun (9 March), Joey said: "Obviously me and Sam do have feelings for each other."
He went on to admit: "I have been seeing her again."
The reality star revealed that he had text her as soon as he found out she was unwell with Crohn's Disease and the pair have been in contact ever since.
He also tells the newspaper: "I haven't had a serious girlfriend other than her. We'll always be close."
Joey and Sam split up last summer after three years together. He then left TOWIE behind when he took part in I'm A Celeb, while Sam spent three weeks in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
After leaving the jungle, Joey reportedly hooked up with fellow contestant Amy, but he now insists: "There was never a relationship between me and her. Ever.
"Maybe she thought it was a relationship but it weren't. It was just a laugh. There was never a romance."
While Sam continues to appear in TOWIE, Joey will soon be seen in his own fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Joey Essex.
He filmed the series in Africa earlier this year.
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