LOCKDOWN was like a reem for Joey Essex after he pulled a beauty as the country shut down.
But the novelty of living at close quarters with a Brazilian model has clearly worn off. I can reveal the former Towie stalwart has called time on dating Brenda Santos.
They made things official in May, following his split from previous girlfriend Lorena Medina.
But he has now deleted all photos of Brenda from his social media and is settling back into single life.
An insider said: “Joey was smitten with Brenda and it was a classic whirlwind romance between them.
“He even whisked her off on a romantic break to Ibiza. They made a lovely couple and she was the main attraction at his 30th birthday party in July, where she met all of his friends and family.
“But spending so much time together took its toll and they both admitted they needed space.
“Brenda has left Joey’s mansion in Essex and gone back to her place in London.
“They were both really adult about everything and agreed that it was better to say goodbye.
“As far as Joey is concerned, there are no bad feelings, but sadly it just didn’t work out.”
As one of the nicest blokes in showbiz, I doubt Joey will be on the market for very long.
Before dating Mexican model Lorena, he was linked to one of my favourite pop stars, Rita Ora, although they insisted they were just mates.
Before that, he dated a string of stunners including American reality actress Stephanie Pratt and London-based stylist Georgie Purves.
There are plenty more fish in the sea, Joey.
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Posh: I like being Posh at long last
VICTORIA Beckham has been known by her nickname Posh for more than two decades – but she’s only just coming to terms with it.
The Spice Girl has created a new lipstick range which references the name, showing she’s finally embracing the moniker.
Victoria said: “I was given the name Posh in 1996 over lunch with Peter Loraine, of Top Of The Pops Magazine, and the rest of the Spice Girls. I was young and shy, and being Posh helped me find my style and confidence, and my voice.
“After the Spice Girls I distanced myself from the nickname because it had unwavering momentum of its own.
“Posh for ever changed the course of my life, opening the door for me to go after my dreams. This week I celebrate Posh with the launch of Posh Lipstick.”
Victoria, who refused to join last summer’s Spice Girls reunion with MEL B, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel C, said each shade of the new lippy was inspired by a memory from her Wannabe days.
She added: “Lipstick has always given me confidence when I needed it and extra spice when I already had it.
“Each shade is inspired by a specific memory, and while the moments may have been my own, the energy and emotion is shared by us all.”
Viva Forever, as they would say…
Ella has dream friend in Rylan
ELLA Henderson has quite the collection of showbiz pals from her time on The X Factor.
The singer admits she regularly video calls telly presenter Rylan Clark-Neal after bonding with him on the 2012 series.
Ella, who has new single Dream On Me out today, said: “Rylan and I FaceTimed quite a bit during lockdown.
“He’s always been like my agony aunt. I was close with him on the show.”
Another important man in Ella’s life is her Team GB swimmer boyfriend Jack Burnell, who she met in lockdown.
She added: “We’re really happy.”
NICKI Minaj has given birth to her first baby, according to website TMZ.
The US singer confirmed in July that she was expecting a tot with her husband Kenneth Petty.
She is reported to have given birth on Wednesday.
Piper talks about music comeback
BILLIE Piper has teased she could return to music 22 years after her No1 debut single Because We Want To.
Asked if she would be back in the studio she said, “no, just no,” but then admitted: “In a sort of dream world I fantasise about bringing an album out as a character that I’ve been playing.
“Something like a musical, or maybe a bit more obscure than that, something that doesn’t really tie in to all the TV or film work I’ve done.
“But me coming back as me feels very uncomfort- able.”
BILLIE Eilish has dropped the official music video for her James Bond theme No Time To Die, eight months after the song was released.
It contains footage from the movie, which is out on November 20.
Jon’s rolling on
BON Jovi have released their 15th album, 2020, today, but only keep going because The Who and the Rolling Stones are still making music.
Frontman Jon said they have set a standard which means he can’t retire.
He added of Who legends Pete Towshend and Roger Daltrey: “God bless Pete and Roger.
“I wish that all those guys, including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would quit.
“At least I would know where the end zone was. I’ve been chasing them my whole career.”
MARIAH Carey has said Prince came to her rescue when her 2001 film Glitter flopped.
She says in her memoir The Meaning Of Mariah Carey: “Prince reached out to me.
“He called me often, and what he said to me then I always will cherish inside. His wise words soothed me.
“He gave me encouragement, like the big brother I never had.”
Mariah, who has released her new album The Rarities today, added: “It gave me hope in a desolate time.”
US rockers Linkin Park are releasing the rare track Pictureboard on their 20th anniversary re-issue of the LP Hybrid Theory following a campaign from desperate fans.
The special record will be out next Friday.
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- I HOPE Idris Elba has been working out this year because his next film will require all of his strength. He’s been cast in a survival thriller called Beast, in which his character will be pitted against a lion. Further plot details are being kept under wraps but it is being directed by the talented Baltasar Kormakur, who made 2015’s Everest.
- BLINDING Lights by The Weeknd is the UK’s biggest song of the year so far, with sales of 1.89million since January, according to the OfficialCharts.com. As things stand, Lewis Capaldi’s debut Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is the best-selling album of 2020 with 376,000 copies shifted.
- STEVIE Nicks is eyeing up Harry Styles for a starring role in her long-awaited Rhiannon mini-series after finally signing a deal. The show, inspired by her 1975 hit of the same name, will feature ten of her unreleased songs. She said: “I’m going, ‘Harry, you cannot age one day. You have to stay exactly as you are’. I’ve already sold him on it.”
- CAMILA Cabello has shut down rumours she has broken up with her boyfriend Shawn Mendes by sharing a tribute celebrating his upcoming record, Wonder. The Senorita singer wrote on Instagram: “My love, I’m so proud of the person you are and I’m so excited for people to see and hear your heart.”
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