The Only Way Is Essex's Sam Faiers has confirmed she and fellow TOWIE star Joey Essex have split up, with the 20-year-old blaming the separation on being "too close" to the Essex hunk. Speaking to Star magazine, Sam added the pair lost their "spark".
"I was mothering Joey - I just need space from him. He's gorgeous but we spent so much time together so quickly that the spark went out just as fast," she said.
The pair originally hooked up on the second series of the hit ITV2 reality show earlier this year.
Sam continued: "He was always more concerned about me than himself, and - although it is nice to be put first - I didn't want it to be like that."
The blonde beauty also blamed Joey's hectic schedule on the break up, explaining: "Since series two me and Joey have been in each other’s pockets. But the schedules are to blame.
“He needs to sort out what he wants for the future: his management, his schedule, everything. He was always more concerned about me than himself, and – although it is nice to be put first – I didn’t want it to be like that. I wanted him to be independent. I took on this mothering role.”
"I honestly think we've all had so much pressure put on us," she said. "It's amazing for the show - but we are all under so much pressure and it's too much for our relationships."
But despite the pair going their separate ways, Sam couldn't help but take a swipe at TOWIE's hot couple Lauren Goodger and Mark Wright.
Sam added: "This is our real life. It isn't fake and it isn't publicity. Lauren and Mark are always out to prove a point - me and Joey aren't like that. We have always kept it private."
The Only Way Is Essex continues this September.