Sam Faiers has painted a bleak portrait of her stop-start relationship with former co-star Joey Essex in candid new autobiography Secrets And Lies – branding him paranoid, delusional and plagued with thoughts of her sleeping with other men.
In extracts published by The Sun, she claims Joey frequently plays up to his media image as a hapless ‘little boy lost,’ but behind the scenes was ‘angry and frustrated.’
‘That’s why I had to break up, for the sake of my sanity,’ she writes. ‘I hoped it would end in marriage and children but in the end I didn’t know who he was any more.’
On the attack: Sam Faiers paints a bleak portrait of her stop-start relationship with former co-star Joey Essex in candid new autobiography Secrets And Lies
The couple were originally together for two years before splitting in June 2013 – six months before Joey flew to Australia as a contestant on ITV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
But Sam says he only told her he was appearing on the show two days before he was scheduled to fly – after promising they would rekindle their relationship and start a family.
Shortly after he arrived in the jungle, the TV personality struck up a close friendship with model Amy Willerton that would later turn into a short-lived romance.
So in love: But Sam claims Joey frequently plays up to his media image as a hapless ‘little boy lost,’ while behind the scenes was ‘angry and frustrated.’
‘I had to watch on national TV as Amy Willerton found any excuse to touch him, do trials with him and run suntan cream into his back,’ she said.
As a result, Sam began a worrying trend of excising on a daily basis in a desperate bid to lose weight and win back her man – and she admits she hated herself for what she was doing.
‘I was at breaking point and my family were desperately worried for me. I fell into an exhausting obsession and ritual,’ she said.
The couple eventually rekindled their relationship last March, but by November Sam claims his jealousy and paranoia made it impossible for them to continue.
Hard to take: JOey struck up a close friendship with model Amy Willerton that would later turn into a short-lived romance following their stint on I’m A Celebrity… get Me Out Of Here! in 2013
In a heartfelt text she told the TOWIE star she ‘still loved him’ but believed she was merely a ‘minor thing’ to ‘pick up and drop’ whenever he felt like it.
But the reality star says he responded by penning his own break-up letter in a bid to convince friends that it was him who ended their relationship.
Sam has since moved on with ‘handsome, sophisticated’ property developer Paul Day, while Joey is currently single.
‘It was only once I finally knew the relationship was over that I could see it for what it had really been,’ she said. ‘Made up of some good bits, but by and large fairly toxic.’
MailOnline have contacted Joey’s representatives for further comment.
– Daily Mail