Gemma Collins reveals the ‘real reason’ why Joey Essex and Samantha aren’t working out

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Gemma Collins has claimed she knows why Joey Essex and Love Island star Samantha’s relationship isn’t working out.

The 43-year-old spoke about her former Towie co-star, who has been looking for love in the villa this year. summer.

Gemma Collins at the launch of The Fibre First Diet

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Gemma Collins at the launch of The Fibre First DietCredit: BackGrid
Former TOWIE co-stars Gemma and Joey Essex

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Former TOWIE co-stars Gemma and Joey EssexCredit: Rex
Samantha and Joey from Love Island

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Samantha and Joey from Love IslandCredit: Erotem

Despite being coupled up with Liverpool-born Samantha, Joey seems hesitant to rush into anything – and Gemma thinks she’s discovered the ‘real’ reason why.

Speaking to The Sun at the launch of Steve Bennett’s book, Fibre First Diet, Gemma said: “Love will come to Joey and it may sound cliché but to find that love he has to love himself.”

“It happened at a time when I was feeling good about myself and working my way up to where I wanted to work.

“I was very independent and didn’t need anyone, and love just came to me out of nowhere.

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“But even if you don’t find love, even if you want to live this life without a partner, that’s okay.

“We’re all conditioned to think that finding someone will make us happy.

“The real answer is that you have to be happy with yourself, and once you’ve mastered that, love will come or life will start to get better.”

Gemma, who is due to marry her wife Rami Hawash in 2026, added: “I love you Rami.”

“Ramy loves me, but if tomorrow he left my life and I left his, we would still be human beings.”

Joey, 33, says he’s finally ready to get married and have children.

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This was after he began going to therapy to get over the death of his mother, who committed suicide when he was just 10 years old.

In the heartbreaking BBC Three documentary, Joey finds grief has destroyed his dreams of having a family and finding true love.

Breaking down in tears, he said at the time: “My mother loved me but she abandoned me. I just think: ‘If she loved me so much, why did she abandon me?’

“I’ve had a lot of relationships but I always end up drifting away.

“Imagine if I was in a relationship with someone and we had a child together and I really loved that person and then they dumped me? I don’t know what to do. I’m already thinking about breaking up before we even start dating. I’m pushing the feeling away.”

Since rising to fame in 2011 on ITVBe’s The Only Way Is Essex, Joey has been reported to be romantically linked to pop star Rita Ora, Towie’s Sam Faiers, model Lorena Medina and reality TV favourite Stephanie Pratt.

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