TOWIE's Joey Essex feels he is `living the dream'

The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex admits he has to pinch himself to check he is not dreaming.

Joey has reunited with his girlfriend and set to launch his own brand of everything from hair gel to a calendars.

The 22-year-old told the Sunday Mail: "I really do feel like I am living a dream.

"Last year, I was just this normal bloke on the street - although I would say a top Essex boy.

"And now I've got all these amazing things happening - I've even got 1.5million followers on Twitter.

"It's crazy, but I'm loving it."

Joey has recently returned from filming in Marbella with girlfriend Sam Faiers and the rest of the TOWIE cast.

He admits that he is always surprised by the reaction he gets from fans.

Essex said: "The weirdest thing a fan has ever asked me to do is to send them my toothbrush.

"That freaked me out - and no, I didn't send it.

"But most of the time, the reaction I get from the public is great.

"When people post stuff on twitter, I genuinely find it quite interesting to read all the different opinions of different people. But I know I'm lucky because I don't get much bad feedback. I get more love than hate.

"And even if I do get bad things posted, I know not to care about the haters."

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