Fans of Geordie Shore will remember Joel wasn't an instant hit when he first appeared on the show four years ago. In fact, Charlotte Crosby (Sophie's bestie) has openly admitted she thought Joel was using Sophie for fame when she first met him.
His not-so-great first impression meant that Sophie and Joel had to deal with a slew of hate when it came to their relationship, BUT all these years later the pair are still together and very much loved-up.
Hitting back at those who ever doubted them as a couple, Sophie recently told our friends at Digital Spy: "All I can say is f**k the haters because four and a half years later me and Joel are still standing there. Name one relationship in Geordie Shore that is still together now apart from me and Joel - name one."
"Me and Joel are the longest-lasting relationship Geordie Shore has had," she said.
Shrugging off claims Joel had been after fame with Sophie at the beginning of their romance, she credited her beau for being there before she hit the limelight. Sophie revealed: "I never had fame, I didn't have money a couple of years ago and he was still there, so he stuck by us."
The reality star added that she is used to the negative comments she and Joel are still subject too. Although, she did point out that why Joel may have acted questionably at times (he used to favour joining the lads when they were on the pull over spending the night with her), he has never cheated.
"Joel's always going to be tarnished," she claimed. "But I think people don't really remember that Joel changed a lot."
Fans will finally get to see Sophie back on their screens when Geordie Shore's Big Birthday Battle airs on MTV next week. She had been axed from the show back in 2013, but will join a whole host of familiar faces as the Geordie cast old and new celebrate the show's milestone.
Sophie did hint that we could be seeing Joel on camera too - just like old times, then? And while she did insist that things are still going really well for herself and her boyfriend, Sophie did admit she is in no hurry for Joel to propose.
"I'm not into getting engaged and f**king babies and all that sh*t yet," she added. "I've just been given an opportunity to go back in the [Geordie Shore] house... we just live in a world now where there's more to life really than settling down straight away."
Geordie Shore: Big Birthday Battle kicks off Tuesday 10 May at 10pm on MTV.
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