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TOWIE's Sam and Joey's alone time
The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers has revealed she and boyfriend Joey Essex have to spend time off camera to make their relationship work.
The TOWIE model admitted it was hard being in a relationship that was played out on television but she said they now worked hard to spend quality time together away from the show, since rekindling their romance.
Sam said: "Me and Joey have been absolutely great. When we were together before, it was rushed and we didn't really make time for ourselves and our personal life. And this time TOWIE is TOWIE and the celebrity lifestyle, but when we get time together we just relax and we sit in and watch films.
"I think you need that in your relationship, because our lifestyles are so hectic, it's nice to actually sit down and relax with each other.
"Sometimes you feel under pressure, and other times it's fine. I think we're both looking forward to a nice holiday this year, just the two of us."
The reality TV star, who has released her autobiography, Living Life The Essex Way, also confessed it was tough having their arguments aired on TV for everyone to watch, but she had come to accept it was part of the job.
She said: "Some things like that you think 'I wish I could just deal with this myself with him'. But if it's out there it needs to be spoken about on the show otherwise it would look weird to the viewers. They'd think, 'Why are they all happy, what about them pictures we saw?', so you do have to play it out.
"Sometimes I wish some things could be kept between you both, but it has to be played out, because it's our lives and that's what we're on the show for."
She added: "It's hard to watch it back and hear myself shouting!"