Sam Faiers has revealed she's still in love with former boyfriend Joey Essex, describing the 20-year-old as "the best boyfriend" she could have asked for. Speaking to Star! magazine this week, the The Only Way Is Essex star added that the show had changed her lifestyle for the worse.
Asked if she still loved Joey following their split last week, Sam said: "Of course I do! We're still speaking. I know he cares about me. He has been the best boyfriend I could ask for. He'd never cheat on me. He would do anything for me. He loves me."
And the blonde beauty reckons that the show has cursed the couples on the the show, following the splits of a number of relationships.
"I honestly think we've all had so much put on us - and it's amazing for the show - but we are all under a lot of pressure and it is too much for our relationships," she said.
Talking about Amy Child's split with boyfriend Joe Hurlock, Sam explained: "I haven't spoken to Amy yet, I'll need to give her a call. She'll be so upset - she and Joe were just like me and Joey. The whole fame thing does take its toll. People are always speculating and trying to catch you out. It's hard."
But despite the impact on her relationship, Sam told the magazine she had no regrets about taking part in the ITV2 reality series.
"The only thing I miss is having a normal relationship and proper social life. Life is different now. I have to be careful. It's all controlled. But I've kept grounded throughout the show. There's nothing about me that's changed, other than my lifestyle," she said.
The Only Way Is Essex returns for a third series in September.