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I’m A Celebrity Australia stars look on in shock as Joey Essex and Maria Thattil hook up in jungle bed

Well, well, well, it seems we have a fully-fledged I’m A Celebrity romance on our hands after Joey Essex and Maria Thattil got mighty cosy under the covers this week.

Insert joke here about rumbling in the jungle, or something like that…

In a snippet ahead of tonight’s show in Australia, 28-year-old Maria and Joey, 31, were seen taking their flirtation to full-on romance town with a steamy makeout sesh under the covers.

Sorry for the saucy description, there really is no other way to convey it.

In a clip from the episode, Maria climbed into bed with Joey after asking if he wanted a ‘cuddle’, much to the excitement of their fellow campmates.

And what happens in the I’m A Celeb camp most definitely doesn’t stay in the I’m A Celeb camp with David Subritzky left gawping in shock after realising something was going on just mere swags away.

Brooke McClymont was quick to comment on the shenanigans in the Bush Hut, as she mused: ‘Ooooh! Maria and Joey are making out. They’re pashing!’

Things are getting cosy in the jungle (Picture: 10)
Brooke’s face says it all (Picture:10)

It seems like this was a long time coming after the pair spent the past week flirting up a storm in the jungle.

So here’s hoping it’s second time lucky for former Towie star after Joey, who recently admitted there was ‘something’ between him and beauty queen Maria on the series.

Last week Maria – who also publicly came out as bisexual on the show – was seen holding hands with Joey as the star, who was Miss Universe Australia in 2020, noted the qualities she looks for in a potential partner.

She said she likes ‘people who are adventurous, creative and open,’ which prompted Joey to respond: ‘I’ve pretty much got all those things haven’t I? I’m just saying. If there was like a piece of paper with all the boxes I reckon every one would be ticked.’

Joey then asked Maria: ‘Do you like me flirting with you?’ as he began stroking her arm.

Joey and Maria have been flirting up a storm (Picture: Channel Ten)

After asking whether he was nothing but an arm stroker to her, Maria joked: ‘No, you’re my future husband. I’ve decided in the past two days.’

Joey later said in his confessional: ‘It’s nice to have someone in here who I can talk to, who I can be with in a friendly way but at the same time, something is there.’

Clearly picking up with the reality TV star was putting down, Maria added: ‘I think we’ve hit it off really, really well. We’re having great conversation. It’s really lovely. He is very charming.’

That’s a great start for Joey, seeing as Maria had no idea who the star was when she first met him in the jungle (maybe that’s a good thing? Clean slate and all that…).

She told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I had no concept of who he was so when I was getting to know him, I wasn’t getting to know ‘Joey Essex’ the character.

‘I am not overly impressed or flustered by that side of things. It is more, are you a nice, kind, attractive person that I am vibing? Cool, let’s enjoy that. It didn’t really phase me because I had no idea who he was.’

The show was shot in northern NSW late last year, with Maria back in Melbourne and Joey having returned the UK, but that hasn’t stopped the Instagram flirting.

The pair, who follow one another online, have been sharing posts about their interactions in the jungle, with Maria uploading a conversation the pair had about their thoughts on marriage and kids, saying that while she previously felt awkward ‘mingling’ she felt comfortable with Joey.

Responding to the post, Joey wrote: ‘We like to mingle 👀’ to which Maria replied: ‘Just a cheeky mingle.’

This isn’t the first time Joey has found a potential mate in the jungle, after he got close to another beauty queen, Amy Willerton, during his first shot at the I’m A Celeb crown on the UK instalment in 2013.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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