Joey Essex super flirty and growing close to Dancing On Ice partner days after Maura snog

Joey Essex has already grown close to his Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer, according to reports.

The former The Only Way Is Essex star, 32, has been paired with professional ice skater Vanessa, 26, for this year's series of the ITV show, and the duo are believed to have already formed a close bond.

Joey and Vanessa are "both super flirty" according to an insider, but the pair have so far managed to "keep everything professional".

A source told The Sun: "Joey and Vanessa have grown close incredibly quickly. Right now they have managed to keep everything professional but it’s safe to say they are both super flirty."

The insider continued: "They are going to spend a lot of time together over the next few months due to rehearsals so it’s easy to see how romance could blossom.

"Joey is hoping to invite her to Essex for a night out with his mates and drinks at his."

OK! has contacted Joey's representative for comment.

The reports come after Joey was spotted looking very cosy with Love Island star Maura Higgins, 31, at the Pride Of Britain Awards in October, sparking rumours of a romance between the pair.

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Maura was photographed leaning in for a kiss with the TOWIE star as they enjoyed a catch up at the Red Bar at London's Grosvenor House on 24 October.

The reality TV stars then shared an intimate hug as Maura placed her head on Joey's shoulder, before later exiting the event together and heading home in a taxi.

A source close to the pair recently revealed that their night of passion was no one-off, as Maura and Joey had been growing close for weeks prior to the event.

“Joey thinks Maura is the one for him. He’s smitten with her – and she’s smitten with him. They were secretly seeing each other before the awards and feel they’ve met their soulmates. They couldn’t take their eyes off each other that night and couldn’t hide their feelings," our source said.

They also added: “They’ve been keeping it quiet until now because it’s early days. They’re still getting to know each other but they make each other happy.

“Joey has wanted a girlfriend for a long time. He’s very flirty but he’s never been able to find the right girl. Maura, meanwhile, has always gone for the wrong guy – and Joey has come along at just the right time.”

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