Love Island's Joey Essex's Casa Amor bombshell ex has link to another TOWIE legend

Emma Milton Love Island Casa Amor
-Credit: (Image: emmamilton/Instagram)

With this year’s series of Love Island reaching the halfway point, 12 new bombshells have entered the show for the iconic Casa Amor twist, which will see the old Islanders decide whether to stick with their existing couple or twist and couple up with someone new.

In addition to being single and ready to find love, some of the new Casa Amor bombshells appear to have links to some of the Islanders and newbie Emma Milton has opened up about her connection to Joey Essex.

“I had a brief thing with Joey a few years ago,” she told ITV before entering the villa. “We’ve been friends for years and I would be open to reconnecting with Joey.

Emma Milton
Love Island star Emma Milton has opened up about her link to TOWIE's Joey Essex -Credit:emmamilton/Instagram

“We get on really well and we have a lot of mutual friends. I am also friends with Grace in Manchester, so it’s a little bit awkward.”

However, Joey isn’t the only The Only Way Is Essex star that 30 year old Emma has a connection with. According to The Sun, the fashion content creator appears to be pals with Jess and Mark Wright’s younger sister Natalya.

Natalya follows Emma on Instagram, where the Love Island star has 306,000 followers, and has liked and commented on her posts in the past. Under one recent post, Natalya, 23, gushed over the star as she wrote “I love” regarding one of her outfits, while in response to another she called her a “Dream girl”.

Carol Wright, Jessica Wright and Natalya Wright
Natalya is the younger sister of TOWIE icon Jess Wright -Credit:Belinda Jiao/Getty Images

Emma isn’t the only Love Island bombshell who has pre-existing connections with contestants in the villa and it was recently revealed that Ciaran Davies has a connection to Emma’s fellow bombshell Ellie Jackson.

During an episode of Love Island's spin-off show, Aftersun, on Sunday, 30 June, presenter Maya Jama asked Ciaran’s mum Hayley about the possibility of him getting to know other girls white in Casa Amor.

In response, Hayley said: “I think he should stay with Nicole I do. I like her yeah. But there's a lady in there, whats her name, yeah Ellie [Jackson], he knows her. I think Ellie had chased, Ellie had conversations with Ciaran.

Former TOWIE star Mark Wright
Natalya's older brother is Mark Wright -Credit:2023 David M. Benett/Getty Images

“They like each others posts on Instagram, we have done our homework!" She added: "So I am a bit worried about what clips are going to be shown."

Following the revelation, fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express how they thought Ciaran’s connection to Ellie would play out. “Ciaran knows Ellie the new bombshell which means Nicole is going to kick off whatever happens,” wrote one.

“Ciaran could be in trouble… he already KNOWS one of the Casa bombshells, Ellie, and has previously liked her posts on social media…,” another added.

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