What Happened Between Grace Jackson And Joey Essex?

26 June 2024, 16:01

Why did Joey and Grace end things?
Why did Joey and Grace end things? Picture: ITV/Instagram

By Abbie Reynolds

Things are heating up in the Love Island villa, and now one of Joey Essex's ex-girlfriends, Grace Jackson has entered the villa - here's what happened between them and why they broke up.

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In the same episode which saw Joey Essex and Samantha Kenny go on their first date, one of Joey's exes arrived at the Love Island villa to throw a spanner in the works.

Joey and Samantha had been a slow burner, compared to couples like Ciaran Davies and Nicole Samuel who are now closed off from anyone else, however on their date things went really well.

As soon as Joey saw the three new bombshells he couldn’t disguise the shock on his face as he whispered, "Oh my God... I used to see that girl".

The pair were whisked away alongside Ronnie Vint, Tiffany Leighton, Uma Jammeh and Wil Anderson for a sleepover at Casa Amor where things got hot and heated between Joey and Grace.

So after Joey dumped Samantha for Grace, let's find out what happened between Joey and Grace Jackson. Why did they end things? Here's what we know...

Joey Essex has history with new bombshell Grace Jackson
Joey Essex has history with new bombshell Grace Jackson. Picture: ITV

When did Joey Essex and Grace Jackson date?

Speaking on Love Island, Grace said she and Joey dated last summer (2023) after meeting in Ibiza. She told the girls things were "intense" and they ended on "frosty" terms - awks!

A source told Mail Online: "There's definitely some unfinished business between them and she isn't going to hold back in expressing how she feels in the villa."

The source also acknowledged that Grace's appearance in the villa will put major pressure on Joey's coupling with Samantha.

Grace claimed they were together for a couple of months but they haven't seen each other since last July. She also slipped in that Joey was messaging her a couple of months ago trying to 'talk'.

But fans online think there's something far more controversial going on, you can read their theories here.

Grace entered the Love Island villa as a bombshell
Grace entered the Love Island villa as a bombshell. Picture: Instagram

Why did Joey Essex and Grace Jackson break up?

Joey was the one who called things off, and speaking to Grace in the villa he apologised for the way things ended, saying things had got really serious really quickly.

The pair briefly spoke about how distance was a huge factor for their break up, something Grace - who's from Manchester -gently reminded Joey - who lives in Essex - hadn't changed this time around either.

Grace has spoken a bit about how her lifestyle has hindered past relationships, saying: "My lifestyle can put guys off a little bit, I like to go out and go abroad a lot.

Joey has been with Samantha Kenny whilst in the Love Island villa
Joey has been with Samantha Kenny whilst in the Love Island villa. Picture: ITV

"They can't keep up with my lifestyle. It's the life that I want, and it helps with my business. To sit in and be single, I can't understand why I would do that in my peak and my mid-20s."

You'd think that can't be what put reality TV star Joey off since he leads a busy life too, however, he has been candid about wanting to settle down and start and family, so perhaps he's not looking for a jet setter.

When Grace was explaining their situation to fellow islander Konnor, who 'stole' her from Joey, she citied busy work plans as another reason they didn't work out.

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