Joey Essex: 'I'm Just Friends With Sam Faiers'
The Only Way Is Essex exes insist that romance has not been rekindled...
Joey said: "At the moment we're just friends. Never say never, but we're just happy to be talking.
"I'm just there for her. She's got a special place in my heart, she always will have and it's great to be supporting her while she's ill.
"Obviously she's not feeling too great at the moment and it's not nice what's happened, so I want to be there to put a smile on her face and make her feel a bit more better in herself."
The 23-year-old reality TV star, who has been given his own vehicle on ITV2, admitted that he hadn't got too clear an idea what Sam's illness actually involves.
"I've heard about it and stuff, but I don't really know too much at the moment."