Reality star Mario has just jetted back from a romantic break in Cape Verde with Emma and even though he arrived solo on the red carpet at this year's NTAs, his girlfriend was still at the front of his mind.
Opening up about his latest romance, the reality star told Reveal: "It's going really well. I'm quite loved-up!"
The couple first sparked speculation they were dating after Mario flew to Miami, Florida last year to visit Emma as she is currently based there.
Since then the pair's relationship has gone from strength to strength, with Mario telling us he and his new squeeze have officially been an item for the last four months.
And it sounds like things are getting pretty serious!
Over Christmas, Emma touched down in the UK to spend time with Mario and his family, and it seems she could be sticking around in Essex for a while.
Hinting a possible appearance from his girlfriend in the next series of TOWIE, Mario said he would be keen for Emma to join him on the show... but only now and again.
"It'll be more little bits of her really," he explained. "I've had a relationship on the show before obviously, and it doesn't bode well. I'd rather keep her for me!"
When he's not with Emma, Mario tells us he has been busy spending time with his ten-month-old nephew Buzz, sister Giovanna and her husband - McBusted's Tom Fletcher.
Although, he did admit he thinks his sister and her other half are "sickeningly perfect"!
"It does sicken me how perfect they are as couple," Mario added. "As a couple and as parents, they are amazing. They're so happy. Buzz is amazing, he's nearly walking now."
Since little Buzz's arrival, Mario has been every inch the doting uncle, but has looking after his nephew made him broody at all?
"Big time," he told us. "I'd love a baby... I'm 27, I'd definitely like a baby before I'm 30."
We joked with the star and asked if Emma were to find out she was expecting would he be happy?
His response: "Secretly, yeah!"
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