Stephanie Pratt: 'Joey Essex's the first boyfriend who hasn't wanted me to change'

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Stephanie Pratt says Joey Essex is the first boyfriend she's ever had who hasn't wanted to change something about her.

The Made In Chelsea star, 30, began dating former TOWIE favourite Joey, 26, when they met while filming Celebs Go Dating: they were both meant to be romancing members of the public but ended up falling for each other!

Stephanie Pratt and Joey Essex date, Celebs Go Dating
14 September

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Joey and Stephanie on Celebs Go Dating.

Of course, they've faced whispers of showmance but both have firmly insisted it's the real deal and they're head over heels.

Speaking to Daily Mail this week, a loved up Steph explained one of the many reasons she adored Joey was that he loved her for who she is and didn't want to change her.

"He's been the first boyfriend I have been with that hasn't hinted at me to change, which is a real big thing. I just know I want to be with him," she said.

"When you're in a relationship you need to realise guys can almost be a bully to your body confidence. I've only realised that looking back. You've got to be mature to get into a relationship. If you live on a man's compliment, you will die on his criticisms."

Stephanie Pratt and Joey Essex selfie, Twitter
16 September

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Posing on 16 September.

Rumours that Stephanie and Joey were dating surfaced while they were filming Celebs Go Dating but they initially played coy before confirming during the show's final week that they'd fallen for each other.

They faced opposition from Celebs Go Dating's matchmaking experts Nadia and Eden, who pointed out neither ticked the boxes for what each had said they wanted in a partner.

Joey replied: "It hurts you don't think this is real. Why can't you accept I like her and she likes me?"

Nadia later told "From a matchmaker point of view, they aren't compatible and you wouldn't put those two together in a million years. I hope they prove me wrong and get married and have Essex and Pratt babies and a fabulous Essex and Chelsea wedding but we'll have to see. The jury is kind of still out a little bit."

And even receptionist Tom is shipping the couple!

"I have to say, lots of people have asked me this, but it is the real McCoy. Time will tell about the longevity, but the relationship itself is the real McCoy," he told us during a Reveal Facebook Live. "Wouldn't they have the most beautiful babies? My recent experience of Joey Essex made me swoon quite a lot... he's charming. Joey was just so twinkling, he really was."