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Joey Essex and Stephanie Pratt: 'Our relationship is no showmance'

Joey Essex and Stephanie Pratt have been under a "lot of pressure" after revealing their romance on the finale of Celebs Go Dating.

Joey Essex has defended his romance with Stephanie Pratt, labelling the fledgling relationship "perfect".

The pair have similar backgrounds, finding fame on reality shows The Only Way Is Essex and The Hills respectively, and found love when they appeared together on E4 series Celebs Go Dating.

While the programme aimed to set up famous faces with "ordinary" people, Joey and Stephanie went against the grain by coupling up.

However, while some people speculated the pairing could be a "showmance", the duo have appeared together in the new issue of OK! magazine to defend the validity of their relationship.

"I know it’s genuine, she knows it’s genuine," Joey told the publication. "I trust her, she trusts me. It works and it’s perfect. I don’t care what anyone says or thinks."

Joey and Stephanie had both attempted to find a connection with those chosen for them by celebrity dating agency owners Nadia Essex and Eden Blackman, but failed to do so. When they both attended a barbecue event organised by the agency though, they found they were completely drawn to each other.

While being in a relationship with another celebrity is not a new situation for either Joey or Stephanie, the ex TOWIE star admits he has been suffering slightly from the "pressure" he has been under since unveiling his new romance.

"It’s been a lot of pressure for us," he added. "We haven’t been able to walk down the street. We’ve been wearing massive hoodies!"

Stephanie and Joey both had extremely unsuccessful dates on the show, with the pretty blonde left bemused when one man started discussing his recent circumcision operation on their first date, while Joey was disgusted by his date belching and burping after eating a lemon on their date.

After enjoying a romantic first date with Joey, which saw the pair kissing in a swimming pool, Stephanie is convinced she has found her soulmate.

"I’m so happy I don’t have to look for the perfect guy any more," she gushed. "He fell right into my hands...I think he’s the hottest guy in the world."

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