Joey Essex is said to have left the UK for Dubai after a burglary at his Essex mansion left him with “an emotional wreck”.
The former TOWIE star, 32, recently appeared on Dancing On Ice and started dating professional skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 26.
But despite his recent dancing success, Joey was ‘horrified and shaken’ after discovering his £3million home in Essex had been ransacked by thieves, it was reported in January.
The star is said to have sought to move abroad after his privacy was breached, as he no longer feels “safe” in the UK.
He has set his sights on the sunny United Arab Emirates and will look to split his time between Dubai and Essex.
A source told The Sun: “Joey has started looking for a home in Dubai. He plans to buy a base there so he can take off whenever he wants.
“Joey will be splitting his time between his home in Essex and his new accommodation in Dubai.
“He loves the lifestyle and feels completely safe.”
His bachelor pad was raided while he was out on a night out with pal James ‘Diags’ Bennewith.
Joey lost a £2,500 Louis Vuitton mustard weekender bag and a £1,900 Maison Goyard gray shoulder bag, along with other valuables, such as a black Fendi backpack from worth around £4,500.
Joey contacted Essex Police, who investigated the break-in, while friends said he was ‘terrified and shaken’ and an ’emotional wreck’.
In August 2020, Joey took viewers to his luxurious home he bought aged 24 and transformed into a bachelor pad with a ‘chic bedroom’, lavish beach house and hot tub. whirlpool in his garden.
The reality star appeared on This Morning where he brought cameras to his home ahead of his appearance on the revived MTV series Cribs.
Joey’s house includes an extravagant “posh” room which the former TOWIE cast member explained he uses whenever he has family visiting or “has a girl around”.
The bedroom is cream wall to wall with large panels surrounding a flat screen TV. The rug is also cream colored, as is the large sofa which is accompanied by a round corner sofa.
A comfortable brown leather armchair sits by the TV while Joey has ensured plenty of natural light streams into the room with large glass doors leading out to the garden.
Joey also gave viewers a glimpse of his bedroom which features a large double bed with multiple throw pillows and dark purple bedding.
The reality star went all out with her headboard, which features a spiked pattern with studded embellishment.
Ensuring he has proper entertainment when he retires for the evening, Joey has a TV on off-white walls with a matching rug and a pedestal fan to keep the room cool in the summer months.
Joey also took viewers to his back garden which is made of artificial grass and is surrounded by tall evergreen hedges and bushes.
The Essex native has pulled out all the stops for his beach house, complete with a large pool to relax and unwind with friends.
He said, “It all came to mind. When I bought this house, I knew what I was going to do with it. I knew I would get a fancy room. I knew the pool would be there.
This week, Vanessa Bauer confirmed she was dating Joey after weeks of speculation, sharing that things are going well between the two.
The 26-year-old professional skater admitted she was “very happy” with the former TOWIE star, 32, during a chat with The Sun this week.
“Me and Joey are doing great — we’re doing great right now,” she told the publication.
Despite finishing second on the show, Vanessa added that she and her beau “won anyway.”
The media polled if she was romantically happy, the skating star beamed and shared, “I’m very happy.”
Vanessa and Joey appeared very close as they took part in the skating competition together, fueling a wave of claims that they were together.
Hinting that the partnership was more than professional on several occasions throughout the show, the former TOWIE star told the judges he had “fallen in love” after one of his performances, before adding after a break “with skating”.
The couple also shocked fans by sharing a kiss live on TV during the show after dancing to High School Musical’s Breaking Free dressed as main characters Troy and Gabrielle.
And once the routine was over, Joey could be seen getting carried away as he pulled in his skating partner Vanessa for a full kiss.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Joey Essex for comment.
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