EXCLUSIVE Joshua Ritchie spills the beans on secret FaceTimes with ‘soulmate’ Arabella Chi

The pair are appearing on MTV's Ex in the City, but is a new romance on the cards?

Joshua Ritchie Arabella Chi FaceTime

by Nathan Katnoria |

Celeb Ex in the City is BACK as a brand new bunch of famous faces head out on a blind date with a potential new love interest unaware that an awkward encounter with their ex lies just around the corner.

While a showdown with your ex tends to put a dampener on any budding romance, it seems that love could be in the air for two of the show’s cast as Joshua Ritchie has revealed he’s been enjoying secret FaceTimes with Arabella Chi.

The pair didn’t actually meet while filming the MTV show but have grown close in the following months.

Ahead of the CEXitC premiere, we caught up with Josh who admitted that getting know the Love Islander was the most surprising thing about taking part in the show.

“Me and Arabella now FaceTime each other,” he said.

“Arabella loves me and I love her. We’re lifelong companions… soulmates,” he continued, before she interjected, “Josh, stop! You’re going to get me in trouble!

“You’re a troublemaker."

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Yewande Biala and George Rains were not even in the villa at the same time but outside they seem to be having a whale of a time. Fans were buzzing in August when the Casa Amor star appeared to have Yewande's makeup all over his face.

It sounds like Josh could have competition for Arabella’s affection though, as she admitted that her blind date was “bang on” her type on paper.

She said, “They got my type literally bang on. Not what I want to marry, but my bang on type for fun.

“It like they looked at everyone I dated and were like, ‘Oh, this guy will win her over!’ But we’ll have to see if he does…”

WATCH Six hours screen time! Chloe & Toby unlocking their phones is so relatable.

If Josh and Arabella were to spark a romance, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s coupled up with another Love Island star outside the villa.

Arabella failed to find love when she appeared on the ITV2 dating show in 2019 but began dating 2018 Islander Wes Nelson not long after she returned to the UK. The pair enjoyed a whirlwind romance, with Arabella even dropping the L-bomb just weeks after they became an item.

But just months after Wes revealed they had moved in together, the couple split when their romance “fizzled out”.

“It's all over. They started to grow apart and the age gap became really noticeable between them. They want to remain civil with each other and hope to remain friends,” an insider revealed.

Celeb Ex in the City premieres Wednesday 20 October at 9pm on MTV.

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