TOWIE's Jess Wright breaks silence on ex Joey Essex's ITV Love Island appearance

Joey Essex's former flame and TOWIE co-star Jess Wright has spilled the tea on his surprise Love Island appearance.

The reality TV heartthrob, known for his cheeky charm, sent shockwaves through the villa and among viewers when he strutted into the Love Island scene this Monday. It's been mere days since Joey's grand entrance, yet he's already stirring up a storm, causing a stir with his antics on the popular ITV2 romance show.

Joey is currently coupled up with Samantha Kenny, from Liverpool, but both contestants have said they'll speak to other people if they come into the villa.

Jess and Joey
Jess Wright now has a family with her husband William Lee-Kempher and their baby boy. -Credit:Instagram

His declared quest for love has the audience split, with some, such as Katie Price, even suggesting he's there more for the money than for romance. His debut was nothing short of dramatic, as it led to an immediate dumping after he picked a lady to pair up with.

While Joey's working his magic in the villa, Jess - who famously locked lips with him back in their 2011 TOWIE days - dished out her thoughts on his latest TV venture. She confessed: "I haven't watched it, but I've obviously seen it all over [social media]."

"I think it's great. I think Joey's just so much fun. He might be, you know, 33 but he still is young at heart and he's single."

Reflecting on their past, Jess, who is now married to William Lee-Kemp, with whom she shares two year old son, Presley, remarked that they've both grown since their younger days. She concluded with a supportive note: "I really wish him Joey well. He's just a nice guy."

In the latest Love Island twist, Joey had viewers in stitches as they speculated he might just be a 'producer plant' following his unexpected stir-up of villa drama. The cheeky chappy found himself at the centre of a love triangle involving Ciaran Davies, Harriet Blackmore, and Nicole Samuel.

Joey, seizing the moment for a bit of mischief, pulled Nicole aside to chat about her feelings towards Ciaran. In true reality TV fashion, he didn't waste any time before beckoning Ciaran over with the direct question: "Who do you like more? " This came hot on the heels of him revealing to Nicole that Ciaran had been shouting her name while with the lads.

Jess Wright and her husband William on holiday with their baby boy
Jess Wright and her husband William on holiday with their baby boy

Social media, buzzing with reactions, saw one user proclaim on X, previously known as Twitter: "Joey is a producer plant idc idc," and another quipped: "Joey behind the scenes with the producers talking about how he gave a banger of an episode."

A particularly amused fan predicted: "When the credits roll at the end and Joey Essex is listed as one of the producers don't say I didn't tell you."