It seems that lockdown has claimed yet another celebrity couple, Joey Essex and Brenda Santos have reportedly broken up after five months. And you know how we know it’s pretty much over? He’s deleted all traces of her from his Instagram account.
Must be official, right?
The former TOWIE star started dating the Brazilian model back in May, but the couple are said to have called it quits on their romance after spending so much time together in lockdown took its toll.
A source told The Sun, “Joey was smitten with Brenda and it was a classic whirlwind romance between them but spending so much time together took its toll and they both admitted they needed space. They were both really adult about everything and agreed that it was better to say goodbye.”
‘Whirlwind romance’ is one way of putting it. Joey only split from his long-term girlfriend Lorena Medina in April, remember?
30-year-old Joey has previously been very candid about his dating life in interviews. In chinwag with The Sun, he said, “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.”
TOWIE stars: then and now transformations
heat TOWIE stars then and now stacked
Lauren Goodger in 2011
Lauren Goodger takes on the red carpet at Essex Fashion Week back in 2011, a year after the show launched. Stripes and fake tan for days.
THE GLOW UP - Lauren Goodger now
Oh YASS, the glow up is real.Check out Lauren Goodger in 2018. We don't know what magical moisturiser she is using but we are well jel - she looks younger. She briefly returned to TOWIE and has since launched her tanning brand LG Tan.
Harry Derbidge in 2010
TOWIE's sweet heart and cousin to TOWIE royalty, Amy Childs, at the afterparty of a film premiere. Looking so young and fresh faced.
THE GLOW UP - Harry Derbidge now
After quitting the show TWICE in 2014 (so, extra) he followed in his cousin Amy Childs' footsteps and opened his own boutique which later closed down. Now, he is a social media influencer and make-up artist and slaying the game. He has also announced his adoption plans with his fiancé Dean Rowland.
Gemma Collins in 2011
Do you remember when she was a brunette? Yeah, no one does.
THE GLOW UP - Gemma Collins now
"So, girls"She later ditched the bangs, the brunette hair and the excessive tan.After becoming TOWIE's most meme'ed star, she's launched her own TV show Diva Forever, dropped a podcast and she continues to be in an on/off relationship with James 'Arg' Argent.
Amy Childs in 2010
Amy Childs in her signature red hair back in 2010 - on the red carpet for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex.
THE GLOW UP - Amy Childs now
After being the first one to quit the show, she stormed the showbiz world with her own reality TV show, starred in Celebrity Big Brother and she is now reported to be worth over £5 million. She's also a mum to Polly and Rich.
Mark Wright in 2011
Other than being an immediate TOWIE heartthrob / major palyer, he also used to model early on in his career.
THE GLOW UP - Mark Wright now
Mark is now happily married to Michelle Keegan. He has his own radio show, he used to be the face of Take Me Out: The Gossip and he ventured across the pond to work with Mario Lopez on Extra.
James 'Arg' Argent in 2011
This is what he looked like in 2011, a year after TOWIE launched.
THE GLOW UP - James Argent now
Following his break-up from his on screen love, Lydia Bright, he took sometime off from TOWIE. He appeared on and off for a number of series but in 2020 he opened up about his cocaine addiction and eating disorder. He is now in an on/off relationship with Gemma Collins.
Lydia Bright in 2011
Lydia opened her own boutique as soon as she joined TOWIE. She left the show after major drama with co-stars James Argent and Gemma Collins.
THE GLOW UP - Lydia Bright now
Lydia's now mum to a little girl, Loretta.
Sam Faiers in 2010
Quintessential Essex glamour is the best way to describe this picture but she definitely wins the best glow up...
THE GLOW UP - Sam Faiers now
She 100% glowed up the most. Her life changed drastically since she first appeared on TOWIE. After leaving the show, she became a mother to Paul and Rosie. She followed Amy Childs' footsteps and joined Celebrity Big Brother and she has her own show The Mummy Diaries. You go girl.
Kirk Norcross in 2010
He is a TOWIE original. He left the show three years after first appearing on our TV screens.
THE GLOW UP - Kirk Norcross now
Not much has changed, except he is a dad to two children now.
Maria Fowler in 2011
She had a very short time on TOWIE after she was dubbed "just a f***ing extra" by Kirk - harsh, right?
THE GLOW UP - Maria Fowler now
We use the term 'now" very loosely with Maria, this picture is from early 2017 - that's because we can't find any recent pics as she is keeping it on the down low. We do know that is she is a makeup artist now, she's married to Kelvin Batey and they're expecting their second child later this year.
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He then went on to say, “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.”
True to his word, Joey has dated a load of women used to the spotlight; including Made in Chelsea’s Stephanie Pratt (remember that?) and Love Island star Ellie Brown. And who can forget his ill-fated romance with Sam Faiers back in 2011 (and then 2013...and AGAIN in 2014)?
There were also those rumours of a romance with Rita Ora. Who cares that they’ve always said they’re just friends? We ship it.