Joey Essex says he had a run-in with The Wanted when he was younger

The Only Way Is Essex lad Joey Essex may be a trend-setter in his own right but wouldn’t mind becoming the sixth member of One Direction.

Given the choice, Joey would rather be in One Direction than The Wanted as he doesn’t get along with The Wanted boys. 

‘Definitely One Direction. Swerve The Wanted,’ says Joey, 21. 

‘They’re just annoying, man.’

The cheeky Essex boy met The Wanted boys in his younger days and they didn’t hit it off at all.

‘[It was] years ago when I used to go out with Pixie Lott around Essex,’ Joey tells We Love Pop magazine.

‘One of her friends used to go out with one of The Wanted and we didn’t really see eye to eye.’

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Emily Baker-Gaunt