Updated: Are Joey Essex and Perrie Edwards dating?

Published Monday, Oct 12 2015, 12:52 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Joey Essex and Perrie Edwards have been on a couple of dates after swapping numbers last week, did anyone see this coming?

Didn't know this was even a rumour? Neither did we!

It was claimed Little Mix star Perrie, who split with fiance Zayn Malik earlier this year, and the former TOWIE star enjoyed several secret dates after meeting at the Pride of Britain Awards last month.

25-year-old Joey has reportedly split from his 18-year-old girlfriend Charlotte Stuchfield, despite gushing about her last month and looking loved up in Ibiza.

Joey Essex signs copies of his new book 'The Book Of You (And Me)' at WHSmith

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Perrie Edwards at the Today Show Summer Concert Series 2015 - 19 August 2015.

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A source who sounded pretty sure of themselves revealed Joey was "already smitten" with Perrie, while she was falling for that loveable sense of humour of his.

They told The Mirror: "It's very early days, but Perrie likes Joey because he makes her laugh. They are just getting to know each other and taking things slowly, but Joey is already smitten.

"Perrie has just come out of a serious relationship and is enjoying having fun right now."

While Perrie has admitted she's "having a blast" being single, sadly it seems she hasn't actually fallen for Joey.

A representative for Little Mix has since responded to such claims, denying she and the Jump winner are together. They said: "Perrie is not dating Joey."

Err, so did they enjoy those secret dates or not? Well it turns out they did!

Joey Essex's manager Dave Read has confirmed it to the paper, saying: "I can confirm that Joey exchanged numbers with Perrie Edwards at The Pride Of Britain Awards and have met up a couple of times."

Minds blown! We'd quite like to know every single detail, did Joey teach Perrie the Essex Dictionary? Were sausage plaits involved? Was it reem?

Before we get too carried away, manager Dave added: "Joey is single." That could mean the dates didn't work out, but on the other hand...

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