Essex and Willerton are dating

This Is Lancashire: Joey Essex says he is dating Amy Willerton Joey Essex says he is dating Amy Willerton

Joey Essex and Amy Willerton have confirmed that they are dating since leaving the jungle where they met during I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

According to the Daily Mirror, Joey and Amy, who finished fourth and fifth in the ITV reality show, have been enjoying spending time together in private.

Joey said: "Our first date was amazing."

Asked if the two of them were an item, he said, "yes" and added: "I'm very happy. Look at her. She's beautiful."

The pair attended the show's wrap party together and Amy said: "We've had a lovely night together. The party was amazing. They know how to have a good time here. Mind you, we have been drinking since 5am."

They stopped off at McDonald's on the way home to the Palazzo Versace hotel and Amy shared: "We had 20 McNuggets, two Big Macs, fries, apple pies... the works. It was lovely."

Joey, who has tweeted photos of himself and Amy sunbathing by the hotel's pool and enjoying a room service feast, said of Amy: "When I first saw Amy I thought, 'salty potato'. Then I really looked at her and was like, 'woah, she's beautiful'. But then I got to know her and I realised she's actually a proper nice girl."

He also admitted having fallen for Amy in the jungle camp: "There was sexual tension, but we couldn't do anything because there isn't any privacy in there."

Meanwhile, Joey's ex and The Only Way Is Essex co-star Sam Faiers has had a tough time seeing the blossoming relationship, saying: "I think she might be playing up to it a bit because Joey is so popular. But then why wouldn't she, they're both single and she's a beauty queen. I still love him though."

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