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Joey Essex admits it is ‘awkward’ dating non-famous girls as he reveals he wants to find the ‘one’

He has won a new legion of fans thanks to his appearance on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. 

And Joey Essex has revealed he is now looking for the ‘one,’ setting his sights on someone who is also ‘in the industry.’

The former TOWIE star, 29, told The Sun: ‘I normally date girls because I’m bored, but I want to settle down now and I do wonder how I’ll find the one.’

Looking for the one: Joey Essex has revealed he is now looking for the 'one,' setting his sights on someone who is also 'in the industry' following his Celebrity SAS appearance

Looking for the one: Joey Essex has revealed he is now looking for the 'one,' setting his sights on someone who is also 'in the industry' following his Celebrity SAS appearance

Looking for the one: Joey Essex has revealed he is now looking for the ‘one,’ setting his sights on someone who is also ‘in the industry’ following his Celebrity SAS appearance 

Joey has previously been linked to Sam Faiers, who he proposed to after meeting on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011.

He had a series of flings before getting serious with model Lorena Medina.

However, their romance came to a crashing halt earlier this year when the hunk was seen leaving Rita Ora’s pad with pals after a wild night out.  Joey and Rita have since said they are ‘just friends’ and have been for years. 

Now, Joey is keen to pursue another star as he admitted it is ‘awkward’ dating girls who aren’t famous. 

Honest: The ex TOWIE star, 29, said : 'I normally date girls because I'm bored, but I want to settle down now' (pictured with ex Lorena Medina in 2019)

Honest: The ex TOWIE star, 29, said : 'I normally date girls because I'm bored, but I want to settle down now' (pictured with ex Lorena Medina in 2019)

Honest: The ex TOWIE star, 29, said : ‘I normally date girls because I’m bored, but I want to settle down now’ (pictured with ex Lorena Medina in 2019) 

He shared: ‘I’m single at the moment and I need to date someone in the industry because they’ll know the situation that if we go out, there might be people watching. I’ve dated girls before who are not in the limelight and it feels awkward.’ 

When asked if fellow reality TV star and supermodel Kendall Jenner is still his ‘dream girl’, he joked: ‘No, I’m her dream boy.’    

Joey will battle it out on Monday night’s final of Celebrity SAS alongside boxer Tony Bellew, actress Nikki Sanderson, Rudimental’s DJ Locksmith and former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.

That was then: Joey has previously been linked to Sam Faiers, who he proposed to after meeting on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011 (pictured in 2013)

That was then: Joey has previously been linked to Sam Faiers, who he proposed to after meeting on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011 (pictured in 2013)

That was then: Joey has previously been linked to Sam Faiers, who he proposed to after meeting on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011 (pictured in 2013)

Breakup: His romance with girlfriend Lorena came to a crashing halt earlier this year when the hunk was seen leaving Rita Ora's pad with pals after a wild night out

Breakup: His romance with girlfriend Lorena came to a crashing halt earlier this year when the hunk was seen leaving Rita Ora's pad with pals after a wild night out

Breakup: His romance with girlfriend Lorena came to a crashing halt earlier this year when the hunk was seen leaving Rita Ora’s pad with pals after a wild night out

Earlier this season, Joey brought viewers to tears when discussing his mother’s suicide. 

At the end of the third episode, the former TOWIE star was pulled aside to be grilled by officers Jason Fox and Matthew Ollerton.

Joey told the men that he was only able to say the word ‘mum’ in recent years, after losing his mum aged ten.

Emotional: Earlier this season on Celebrity SAS,  Joey brought viewers to tears when discussing his mother's suicide

Emotional: Earlier this season on Celebrity SAS,  Joey brought viewers to tears when discussing his mother's suicide

Emotional: Earlier this season on Celebrity SAS,  Joey brought viewers to tears when discussing his mother’s suicide

When they pressed him on why, he said: ‘I had to deal with a lot of s**t. My mum committed suicide when I was 10 which was difficult. 

‘It hardened me up a little bit. I can’t explain it. It’s made me tougher inside.’

Joey then emotionally revealed: ‘I only sort of started being able to talk about it openly, saying the word mum three or four years ago.’

He continued: ‘I know my mum loved me. But it has given me trust issues. One day she was there one day she was gone.’ 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins continues Monday at 9pm on Channel 4. 

Heartbreaking: Joey told the DS that he was only able to say the word 'mum' in recent years, after losing his mum aged ten

Heartbreaking: Joey told the DS that he was only able to say the word 'mum' in recent years, after losing his mum aged ten

Heartbreaking: Joey told the DS that he was only able to say the word ‘mum’ in recent years, after losing his mum aged ten

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