Joey gives his stripped down response…

She’s remained tight-lipped about her on-off relationship with Joey Essex, but now Sam Faiers is speaking up about her ‘toxic’ love with her ex-TOWIE co-star in a tell-all biography, Secrets and Lies.

In extracts published by The Sun, Sam launched a scathing attack against Joey who she broke up with in November last year.

She describes Joey as playing up to his ‘little boy lost’ image and that behind closed doors he was ‘angry and frustrated.’ She also writes that her was paranoid and delusional, convinced she was sleeping with other men.

‘That’s why I had to break up, for the sake of my sanity,’ she shares. ‘I hoped it would end in marriage and children but in the end I didn’t know who he was any more.’

She also reveals how Joey blindsided her by only telling her he was going into the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here jungle two days before, and how the pain of having to watch her then ex who she was still in love with flirt with model Amy Willerton drove her to obsessively worry about her weight and exercise to win him back.

‘I was at breaking point and my family were desperately worried for me. I fell into an exhausting obsession and ritual.’

After her second attempt at a relationship with Joey Essex, Sam finally had to end things as she felt like a ‘minor thing’ in his life. She is now in a relationship with property developer Paul Day.

‘It was only once I finally knew the relationship was over that I could see it for what it had really been,’ she said. ‘Made up of some good bits, but by and large fairly toxic.’

Joey has declined to comment on his ex-girlfriend’s harsh words and is instead currently holidaying in Dubai.

However the 24-year-old TV personality has potentially hit back at Sam in a more effective way – by posting a picture of himself topless looking totally hot.

In the Instagram upload Joey is taking a selfie (ah, a photo of a selfie, how very…) and wearing black jeans and trainers. His hair is slicked back and he’s showing off his toned, tanned body.

Could this be Joey Essex’s way of getting back at Sam, is he showing her not only that he doesn’t care, but also what she’s missing?

Tell us what you think…