'They are not dating': Perrie Edwards and Joey Essex romance rumours quashed... after it was claimed she was getting close to the ex-TOWIE star after Zayn Malik split

She's been making the most of her single status since her engagement to Zayn Malik ended.

And Perrie Edwards was rumoured to have found the most unlikely of all love interests to take her mind off the former One Direction bad boy, who left her heartbroken when he allegedly dumped her by text in August.

The 22-year-old Little Mix singer was reported to have enjoyed a string of dates with none other than The Only Way Is Essex alumni Joey Essex, but it appears there is sadly no truth to the claim.

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How Ya Doin? Perrie Edwards was rumoured to have been secretly dating former TOWIE star Joey Essex, but her representative denied the claims 

How Ya Doin? Perrie Edwards was rumoured to have been secretly dating former TOWIE star Joey Essex, but her representative denied the claims 

Perrie's spokesperson categorically denied the story, telling MailOnline: 'Perrie is not dating Joey.'

The mismatched lovebirds were said to have met at the Pride of Britain awards last month and supposedly enjoyed several secret dates since.

After hitting it off at the dinner, lovable lad Joey, 25 - who is said to have split from his girlfriend Charlotte Stuchfield - was alleged to have wasted no time in messaging the DNA hit-maker.

Reem romance: The lovable Essex lad was said to have hit things off with the Little Mix singer at the Pride of Britain awards last month, swapping numbers at the event 

Reem romance: The lovable Essex lad was said to have hit things off with the Little Mix singer at the Pride of Britain awards last month, swapping numbers at the event 

A source told the Daily Mirror: 'It’s very early days, but Perrie likes Joey because he makes her laugh. They are just getting to know each other and taking things slowly, but Joey is already smitten.

'Perrie has just come out of a serious relationship and is enjoying having fun right now.'

It seemed Joey had a type since Perrie bears a slight resemblance to his famous exes, including blonde beauties Sam Faiers and I'm A Celebrity star Amy Willerton.

Single and ready to mingle: Perrie, 22, is still on the lookout for Mr. Right and has been enjoying several nights out with her bandmates, including Leigh-Anne Pinnock (pictured) 

Single and ready to mingle: Perrie, 22, is still on the lookout for Mr. Right and has been enjoying several nights out with her bandmates, including Leigh-Anne Pinnock (pictured) 

Case of the ex: Perrie and ex-1D star Zayn Malik, pictured in January 2014, ended their engagement in August after three years as a couple

Case of the ex: Perrie and ex-1D star Zayn Malik, pictured in January 2014, ended their engagement in August after three years as a couple

Perrie is still on the lookout for her Mr. Right and has been making the most of her singledom with bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

'I’m having an absolute blast. We have a bit of banter with guys in nightclubs... I love it. I’m feeling brilliant and I’m in a good place', she recently declared.

Meanwhile, just last month Joey seemed loved-up with 18-year-old beauty Charlotte, who he started dating in June.

The reality star revealed he wasn't going to rush into proposing after his high-profile engagement to Sam.

Quizzed whether marriage could be on the cards, Joey told OK!: 'Possibly - she's a nice enough girl. But you never know, do you? You have to work it out - it takes a little time.'

He's got a type: Joey - who is alleged to be single after splitting from girlfriend Charlotte Stuchfield - had an on/off relationship with Sam Faiers  (pictured) for years 

He's got a type: Joey - who is alleged to be single after splitting from girlfriend Charlotte Stuchfield - had an on/off relationship with Sam Faiers  (pictured) for years 


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