The TV star is in a bit of pain

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Joey Essex has been told to avoid getting frisky in the bedroom after hurting an intimate area while training for new diving reality show Splash!

The TOWIE star was warned ‘not to exert himself’ by medical experts while he heals from his injury.

‘It’s put a dampener on his love life,’ a source tells The Sun.

Joey, 22, has also damaged his elbow while practising for the ITV programme, which starts on Saturday and will feature Olympic star Tom Daley.

But he’s still looking forward to competing against celebrities including Jade Ewen and Jenni Falconer.

‘Can’t wait to dive in the pool ! … Remember everyone VOTE for me on January 12th Saturday night #JoeyToWinSPLASH,’ he Tweets.

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