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Love Island bombshell Joey Essex, 33, is ‘looking for a wife in the villa’ after signing up to the show for the ‘right reasons’ as he already has fame and millions of followers


Love Island bombshell Joey Essex is ‘looking for a wife in the villa’ after signing up for the show for the ‘right reasons’.

The former TOWIE star, who at 33 is the oldest contestant on the line-up, already has fame and 1.8 million Instagram followers, with sources close to the TV personality saying she «doesn’t need» the exposure.

Joey made Love Island history on Monday night when he became the first celebrity to join the otherwise unknown cast of singletons.

According to insiders, Joey, who has also starred in I’m A Celeb, Dancing On Ice, Ex on the Beach and Celebs Go Dating, wants to ‘settle down’ and find someone to start a family with.

And ITV bosses hope the format will boost ratings and get Joey fans involved in his love story.

Love Island bombshell Joey Essex is ‘looking for a wife in the villa’ after signing up for the show for the ‘right reasons’

The former TOWIE star, who at 33 is the oldest contestant in the line-up, already has fame and 1.8 million Instagram followers, with sources close to the TV personality saying she

The former TOWIE star, who at 33 is the oldest contestant in the line-up, already has fame and 1.8 million Instagram followers, with sources close to the TV personality saying she «doesn’t need» the exposure.

Joey made Love Island history on Monday night when he became the first celebrity to join the otherwise unknown cast of singletons.

Joey made Love Island history on Monday night when he became the first celebrity to join the otherwise unknown cast of singletons.

A TV source told MailOnline: ‘Joey signed up for Love Island for all the right reasons.

“He’s 33 and really wants to find someone to settle down with, a wife and have kids one day.

“Not many people know the real Joey, he’s hidden behind his reality TV show over the years, but being on Love Island will give him the opportunity to show his true self.

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«He doesn’t need the fame, the followers or the financial reward… He’s excited to meet someone and can’t wait to start dating.»

The show’s opening ended on a cliffhanger when Joey entered the villa, introduced by host Maya Jama.

The visibly shocked cast members, who were already in their couples, questioned whether Joey’s arrival was a «joke» after recognizing the bombshell from his previous TV stints.

Joey, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011, became known for his reality TV exploits, which saw him appear on more than 10 shows.

And his love life has been playing out in the public eye after his romance with former co-star Sam Faiers, 33, ended in heartbreak and he has failed to have a long-term relationship since.

According to insiders, Joey, who has starred in I'm A Celeb, Dancing On Ice, Ex on the Beach and Celebs Go Dating, wants to 'settle down' and find someone to start a family with (pictured with Chloe Sims).

According to insiders, Joey, who has starred in I’m A Celeb, Dancing On Ice, Ex on the Beach and Celebs Go Dating, wants to ‘settle down’ and find someone to start a family with (pictured with Chloe Sims).

Joey, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011, became known for his heroics on reality TV, which saw him appear on more than 10 shows.

Joey, who rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011, became known for his heroics on reality TV, which saw him appear on more than 10 shows.

His love life took a public turn after his romance with former co-star Sam Faiers ended in heartbreak and he has since failed to have a long-term relationship.

His love life took a public turn after his romance with former co-star Sam Faiers ended in heartbreak and he has since failed to have a long-term relationship.

He dated model Amy Willerton, 31, after they met in the Australian jungle, American reality star Stephanie Pratt, 38, after they appeared together on Celebs Go Dating and Lorena Medina, 32, who starred alongside him on Ex . Beach.

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He was also rumored to have chatted with his professional Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer, 28, after performing together in 2023.



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