Joey Essex’s sister Frankie reveals he kept Love Island stint a secret and she 'didn’t have a clue'

Joey Essex hugs sister Frankie
-Credit: (Image: Frankie Essex/Instagram)

Not only were viewers left gobsmacked when former TOWIE star Joey Essex walked into the Love Island villa, but it appears his family were also kept in the dark too.

Now, as Joey has sent Islander Sam Taylor packing after stealing Samantha, his sister Frankie - who also appeared on the hit ITVBe reality show - revealed that the 33 year old hadn't told her about his plans for the summer.

However, in true big sister form, Franke said she managed to 'guess' it. Speaking to the Sun, the 36 year old said: “I didn’t have a clue but I did guess it because I just couldn’t get hold of him. I just couldn't fathom it out.

“I was thinking this is so weird. And it was only because his agent said ‘I’ll ring you tomorrow’ that suddenly I just thought ‘he must be going on Love Island’. But then as the episode was going on I just thought 'no, it can't be', and then I forgot about it."

Frankie Essex poses for a picture
Frankie had no idea her brother Joey had signed up for Love Island -Credit:Getty

Frankie then joked that when Joey appeared on screen she grabbed her phone to make it seem like she knew all along. In the the video, posted to Instagram, Frankie laughed and said: “Surprise, surprise!” as she held her camera up to the TV.

It wasn't long before the mum of two's phone starting going wild with friends and family contacting her about the news, including fellow The Only Way Is Essex co-stars such as Amy Childs, and Frankie and Demi Sims.

Joey has been a mainstay of reality TV since he first appeared in the classic Essex based show in 2011. He then tried to find love on Celebs Go Dating and then most recently appearing in the 2023 series of Dancing on Ice, where he finished second.

Love Island bombshell Joey Essex
Joey is looking for romance in the Love Island villa -Credit:2024 Shutterstock.

But as he prepared to open up his heart on Love Island, Joey revealed the real reason he's on the hunt for romance - as he becomes the oldest contestant at the age of 33

He said: “I just want someone to like me for me and now from what they see on TV. This is exactly why I’m going into the villa because you’re disconnected from the rest of the world and can focus on what actually matters on a far deeper level."

Joey has had well-known girlfriends in the past, including TOWIE co star Sam Faiers, model Lorena Medina, Love Island’s Ellie Brown and US socialite Stephanie Pratt, and he has also been linked to Rita Ora and Amy Willerton. He now hopes to find true love in the villa.

Love Island continues weeknights and Sundays at 9pm on ITV2.