‘She’s REALLY keen on him!’ Joey Essex ‘secretly dating’ shop assistant Tia Skillmann

Joey Essex has reportedly been secretly dating shop assistant Tia Skillmann – a year on from his split with model Brenda Santos.

The former TOWIE star, 31, and his ‘new woman’ are thought to have been enjoying one another’s company, despite wanting to take things slowly.

A source told The Sun: ‘Joey and Tia have been going out together for a while now.

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Busted! Joey Essex has reportedly been secretly dating shop assistant Tia Skillmann – a year on from his split with model Brenda Santos

‘They’ve had a few dates and she is really keen on him.

‘Joey isn’t going to be rushing into anything though and is being a proper gentleman and is taking it slow. 

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A representative for Joey has been contacted for comment by MailOnline.

In January, Joey’s ex Brenda discussed their ‘intense and memorable’ relationship following their split in an interview with The Sun.

Gorgeous: The former TOWIE star, 31, and his ‘new woman’ are thought to have been enjoying one another’s company, despite wanting to take things slowly

The Brazilian native spoke candidly about her whirlwind romance with the TV personality which is said to have ended in October after spending so much time together in lockdown took its toll.

Brenda claimed that they had a ‘real physical connection’ and enjoyed intimate moments together ‘every day’ during their five-month romance, and even spoke about ‘kids and marriage’.

While the model also said that they had discussed having kids and getting married, although she admitted that she was ‘too young’ to settle down.

Brenda said of their relationship: ‘It was intense and memorable. He’s a very passionate person, like myself.’

Looking back, she said there was an immediate spark between them when they first met, but after sharing a kiss she told him she had to go home rather than return with him to his mansion in Essex.

She said: ‘We had a great chemistry. From the beginning there was a real ­physical connection between us. I felt the energy and we just let go.’

Despite wooing her and sharing a passionate relationship, Brenda said their bond soon faded after they had arguments during lockdown and she realised they were not compatible.

Spilling the beans: In January, Joey’s ex Brenda Santos discussed their ‘intense and memorable’ relationship following their split

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