Joey Essex feels like William Shakespeare

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 June 2014
Joey Essex

Joey Essex

Joey Essex feels akin to the iconic English playwright because of the popularity of his debut book

Joey Essex has compared himself to William Shakespeare.

The former 'The Only Way Is Essex' star has boldly likened the success of his debut autobiography, 'Being Reem', to that of the iconic British playwright, who is widely recognised as the best writer in the English language.

Discussing his new book, he enthused: "It's been phenomenal. I'm like William Shakespeare."

Aside from his grand ambitions to compete with the Bard of Avon, Joey - who has trouble telling the time - claims he has been hanging out at home with the ghost of an elderly man.

He explained in an interview with new! magazine: "I've got a ghost in my house. He's about 80 years old. He just says, 'What's happening?' all of the time. Anyone who comes round always goes, 'Is it me or is there a ghost sitting in here?' "

The star isn't afraid of the spooky presence however, adding: "He's harmless. He's like Casper."

Joey is no stranger to strange rumours about himself and wishes some of them could come true.

Quizzed about the weirdest claim he'd heard, he said: "Probably that I'm going to the moon. I'd love to do that but I'd have to take a month off work to get there and back."

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