Viewers of I’m A Celebrity Australia may have needed to Google him when he joined, but now Joey Essex is laughing all the way to the bank.
The reality star, 31, ventured into the Australian jungle for his second stint on the show after finishing fourth in the British version in 2013.
His salary for the gig has been now revealed, and it’s a whopping six figures.
Sources told Daily Mail Australia that the TOWIE icon has been paid ‘upwards of $400,000’ to star in the series.
They claim Joey was among the first celebrities to sign a deal with Channel 10, and the network had no qualms with asking price.
‘They needed star power and Joey was able to negotiate a three-figure deal upwards of $400,000,’ the insider claimed.
His paycheque converts to approximately £295,000.
This makes Joey, reportedly, the highest paid campmate this year, followed by Nathan Buckley who earned $300,000.
It really isn’t bad considering Aussie viewers had no clue who Joey was when he first appeared on their screens!
The Celebs Go Dating star has been making quite the impression on the show, both in and out of camp.
The Brit took part in a terrifying underwater trial recently, which saw him require emergency assistance to save him from drowning.
Elsewhere, he’s formed quite the bond with model Maria Thattil, and cameras have caught the pair being rather flirty.
Love could well be in the air Down Under, as Joey held hands with Maria as she listed the things she looks for in a potential partner.
Joey assured her that he would tick every box, ranging from funny to creative.
He then asked Maria: ‘Do you like me flirting with you?’ as he stroked her arm.
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 told cameras: ‘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.’
Watch out, Katie Price and Peter Andre – these two lovebirds are coming for your crown.