Joey Essex ‘has split from his Brazilian model girlfriend Brenda Santos’

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Joey Essex has reportedly split from his Brazilian girlfriend Brenda Santos.

The former TOWIE star made things official with the model back in May and the pair have since enjoyed a trip to Ibiza and celebrated his 30th birthday.

However they have now called it quits on their romance after spending so much time together in lockdown took its toll, reports The Sun

Calling it quits: Joey Essex has reportedly split from his Brazilian girlfriend Brenda Santos after a whirlwind five-month romance (pictured in September)

Calling it quits: Joey Essex has reportedly split from his Brazilian girlfriend Brenda Santos after a whirlwind five-month romance (pictured in September)

A source said: ‘Joey was smitten with Brenda and it was a classic whirlwind romance between them. 

‘But spending so much time together took its toll and they both admitted they needed space.’

Explaining how the pair parted on good terms, the insider added: ‘They were both really adult about everything and agreed that it was better to say goodbye.’ 

Brenda has reportedly since moved back to her place in London while Joey has deleted all traces of their time together from his Instagram account.

MailOnline has contacted Joey and Brenda for a comment. 

Over: The pair (pictured) celebrated his 30th birthday together and also enjoyed a trip to Ibiza

Over: The pair (pictured) celebrated his 30th birthday together and also enjoyed a trip to Ibiza

Brenda is signed to Linden Staub Talent Agency, having recently appeared in French fashion magazine L’Officiel.

The model appeared to be introduced to Joey’s family at his 30th birthday bash in July and they had even enjoyed a sun-soaked trip to Ibiza together. 

Joey previously spoke candidly about dating in an interview with the Sun, telling the publication he was looking for the ‘one’ and setting his sights on someone who is also ‘in the industry.’

The former TOWIE star said: ‘I normally date girls because I’m bored, but I want to settle down now and I do wonder how I’ll find the one.’

Amicable exes: An insider said Brenda has moved back to her home in London, with both her and Joey 'agreeing that it was better to say goodbye' (pictured in Ibiza during the summer)

Amicable exes: An insider said Brenda has moved back to her home in London, with both her and Joey ‘agreeing that it was better to say goodbye’ (pictured in Ibiza during the summer)

Joey has previously been linked to Sam Faiers, who he proposed to after meeting on The Only Way Is Essex in 2011. He then had a series of flings before getting serious with model Lorena Medina.

However, their romance came to a crashing halt earlier this year when the hunk was seen leaving Rita Ora’s pad with pals after a wild night out. Joey and Rita have since said they are ‘just friends’ and have been for years. 

However Joey said he was keen to pursue another star as he admitted it is ‘awkward’ dating girls who aren’t famous.  

He shared: ‘I’m single at the moment and I need to date someone in the industry because they’ll know the situation that if we go out, there might be people watching. I’ve dated girls before who are not in the limelight and it feels awkward.’ 

When asked if fellow reality TV star and supermodel Kendall Jenner is still his ‘dream girl’, he joked: ‘No, I’m her dream boy.’  

Past: Joey has previously dated Lorena Medina as well as being linked to Rita Ora, who he says is 'just a friend' (pictured at his 30th birthday celebrations in July)

Past: Joey has previously dated Lorena Medina as well as being linked to Rita Ora, who he says is ‘just a friend’ (pictured at his 30th birthday celebrations in July)

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