Joey Essex breaks silence on steamy Maura Higgins kiss: Her tongue was down my throat!

Rumours of a romance were flying between reality stars Joey Essex and Maura Higgins after they were snapped enjoying a steamy kiss at the Pride of Britain Awards last October.

And now, former TOWIE star Joey, 32, has finally opened up on the clinch as he said: "Her [Maura] tongue was down my throat!"

The TV personality, who is currently starring on ITV's Dancing on Ice, made the comments during a recent interview for heat magazine, before his PR team swiftly wrapped up the chat.

Joey denied any sort of romance with former Love Island star Maura, 32, as he explained what happened in the flirtatious moment, in which he and a yellow dress-clad Maura were captured touching tongues.

When asked what happened, Joey said, via MailOnline: "I don't know! I can't even remember," before adding: "I mean all I remember is her tongue being down my throat to be honest!"

At that point, his PR team are said to have jumped in and steered the chat away from the subject.

Just a few weeks before the steamy kiss, Joey told OK! that he was "more single than ever".

He said: "I'll put it out there – I'm more single than I've ever been in my life.

"But at the same time, I've been there and done that with having girlfriends and minor flings now.

"If I'm going to have a proper serious girlfriend in the spotlight now, and she's going to be welcomed into my family and my life, she has to be 'it'. She's got to be The One."

It looks like Joey could have a new leading lady in his life now, however, as he appears to be growing ever-closer to his Dancing on Ice skating pro partner, Vanessa Bauer, and the pair were previously snapped cosying up at TV Choice Awards in November.

After the celebrities and their partners have been in training for months, Dancing on Ice officially kicked off on Sunday night, with Joey and Vanessa the first pair to perform on the ice.

In a VT before their dance, the former TOWIE star said: "Vanessa is single, I'm single. There's gonna be a bit of flirting going on."

He could also be seen asking his dance partner: "How do we keep in touch? Can I get your number?"

Following their performance, show host Holly Willoughby quipped that Joey "looked to be enjoying himself," before he looked at Vanessa and said "she's easy on the eye".

Holly then added: "And she's a good skater," whilst Joey could be seen blushing adorably and Vanessa giggled coyly.

Joey has previously said that he's been "excited to wake up and spend the day with her" whilst they were training for the show.


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