Joey Essex could retire now at 32 but wants to keep on working: ‘It’s never really about the money’

Joey Essex isn’t going to retire any time soon (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

has made a fortune since rising to fame on The Only Way Is Essex 11 years ago – but he’s not going to retire yet.

The 32-year-old reality star admitted while he’s got enough in the bank to call it quits, he loves his work so much that he’s got no plans to stop.

Asked if he could retire, he told : ‘Yeah I guess so, but I feel like it depends how much you enjoy your job.

‘I quite enjoy my job so it’s never really about the money, it’s always about keeping myself busy and just being happy. I am only 32 – the best is yet to come.’

However, he thinks that could change in the next decade as he looks to start a family and move onto another stage of his life.

‘I feel like in ten years’ time, I am hopefully on a huge boat, yacht in Spain and I am living on that with a wife and maybe four or five kids,’ he added.

Joey admits he could stop working right now if he wanted to (Picture: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic) Photographer: Gregg DeGuire Provider: FilmMagic Source: FilmMagic

Joey is still ‘quite chilled about the future’, and while he’s looking to explore other projects, he won’t be abandoning his reality TV career.

He said: ‘Having time off is quite nice sometimes but there are things I am looking at doing and getting into different TV projects.

‘We are looking at doing different documentaries about more serious things. I will always do reality if it sounds exciting. But I have a few new projects in the pipeline.’

Joey has been open about his desire to ‘settle down and start a family’, and he’s even given some insight into what he’s looking for in a perfect woman while revealing he’d rather move on than be unfaithful if he ended up with the wrong woman.

Back in 2021, he said: ‘I would feel too bad on the world and the universe. My whole body would feel like it’s a really bad thing that I’m doing if I was to cheat on a girl.

‘I’ve never put myself in that position. People are surprised by that, but it’s why I dump girls so quickly. I don’t need to waste time and cheat on them. I guess I haven’t found a girl who challenges me.’

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