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 January 31

by Carolina

Your room or mine? Jungle lovebirds Joey Essex and Maria Thattil hold hands as they return to their hotel after I’m a Celebrity’s finale party

By Caleb Taylor For Daily Mail Australia

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They struck up a flirty friendship in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia.

And Joey Essex and Maria Thattil looked closer than ever on Sunday night as they held hands while strolling back to the same hotel.

The pair, who had just reunited for the live season finale, put on a tactile display while taking a walk around Sydney‘s CBD.

Romance? I’m a Celebrity lovebirds Joey Essex and Maria Thattil looked closer than ever on Sunday night as they held hands while strolling back to the same hotel in Sydney’s CBD

Maria, a former Miss Universe Australia, smiled as she linked fingers with Joey, who placed a protective arm around her shoulder.

The 28-year-old model showed off her slender figure in a green beaded mini dress that drew attention to her incredible legs.

Joey, 31, looked stylish in a purple T-shirt, white shorts and sneakers. 

Close: Maria, a former Miss Universe Australia, smiled as she linked fingers with Joey, who placed a protective arm around her shoulder

Flawless: The 28-year-old model showed off her slender figure in a green beaded mini dress that drew attention to her incredible legs

The duo formed a romantic connection in the Aussie jungle. 

In one episode, they enjoyed a steamy make-out session, and their romp was caught on camera for viewers to see.

Maria climbed into bed with Joey after asking if he wanted a ‘cuddle’. 

English lad: Joey, 31, looked stylish in a purple T-shirt, white shorts and sneakers 

They then pulled the covers over their heads for a little more privacy.

Joey was heard making noises as he got comfortable with the former beauty pageant queen.    

During her exit interview last Sunday, Maria became emotional as she revealed the status of her relationship with Joey.

Frisky: In one episode of I’m a Celebrity, the pair enjoyed a steamy make-out session, and their romp was caught on camera for viewers to see 

When asked by host Dr Chris Brown how she would ‘sum up the situation’, Maria admitted to feeling ‘awkward and shy’ about the topic.

‘I don’t know why I still get awkward and shy when I talk about it,’ she said.

‘Joey and I are friends. We’re friends. We’re flirty friends, and we agreed that the jungle under the microscope, it was just pushing things [along] a little bit.’  

Hopes: During her exit interview last Sunday, Maria became emotional as she revealed the status of her relationship with Joey 

Maria revealed she and Joey were ‘saving’ their connection for the outside world.

‘Let’s just save it for the outside and see what happens. We’re just… you never know, you never know. So we’ll just wait and see,’ the influencer said.

During her time in the jungle, Maria came out as bisexual.

Fingers crossed: ‘Joey and I are friends. We’re friends. We’re flirty friends, and we agreed that the jungle under the microscope, it was just pushing things [along] a little bit,’ Maria said

Original posted at www.dailymail.co.uk

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