As season seven of TOWIE starts filming again, sisters Billie, 22, and Sam, 21, lift the lid on their men, dealing with Twitter trolls and body confidence.
You both seem happy with your boyfriends. Sam, how are things with Joey Essex?
Sam: 'Perfect – we’ve been together for four months now again [they were together for three months last year]. He’s such a great boyfriend and he makes me so happy. People don’t believe that Joey and me are as in love as we seem on the show – they don’t realise we genuinely love each other’s company and have such a giggle together. We’re moving in together which is a big step, but we’re ready. He leaves wet towels everywhere, though!'
Do you see yourself getting married and having kids with Joey?
Sam: 'Definitely! We talk about it all the time. We want four kids, but we're both still young, so there’s plenty of time for that later. We do want a big wedding, though. He keeps talking about marriage and I say he needs to stop talking and ask me properly! I told him he needs to get the right ring and there is one I have my eye on! We always talk about the big day and who will sit where. We’ll invite the TOWIE cast, but there’s no way I’d have the ceremony on TV. I want to make sure the day is just for us.'
Billie – your boyfriend, Greg Shephard, 27, isn’t on TOWIE. Would he ever consider a cameo?
Billie: 'The producers have asked him to come on the show, but he’s a successful businessman and I like to keep the relationship private. I enjoy keeping Greg and TOWIE separate – I can come home from a long day of filming and have a sense of normality. It works for us. We’ve been together a year now and are really happy. We’ve just moved into a house in Brentwood and everything’s going so well.'
You’re both close to James “Arg” Argent and Gemma Collins – what do you think the future holds for them as a couple?
Sam: 'I don’t think Arg is treating Gemma the way she deserves to be treated. She’s 31 and she needs a man, but Arg is just stuck in his young 20-something ways. I said to Arg recently: "Do what you want to do because you’re young, but don’t drag Gemma down and make her feel bad!"'
Billie: 'Gemma loves being wined and dined and she could easily get that elsewhere. On nights out, she always gets attention. She needs someone who isn’t on TOWIE. The guys on the show are boys. Gemma needs a proper man!'
Your mum Suzanne Wells, 42, hit headlines in March for her fab bikini body. Would she consider being a TOWIE regular?
Billie: 'No! Our mum would get so nervous in front of the cameras. She has appeared on TOWIE briefly, but she’d never want to do it full time. And we like that our mum isn’t a big character on the show. She’s just our mum.'
Sam: 'We like to keep certain parts of our life away from the show. We have a close family and like that they’re not on TV. None of our close friends are on the show, either.'
Lauren Goodger has said she suffered a lot of abuse from internet trolls during her time on TOWIE. How do you react when people make nasty comments about you?
Kim Kardashian has a stunning body
Sam: 'When I first started on TOWIE, I was 19 and I used to take nasty comments to heart. Some TOWIE fans Tweeted me on Christmas Day a few years ago saying I was a b***h because of the love triangle between me, Mark Wright and Lauren Goodger. I used to sit there and read through all the comments about me and it hurt a lot – I couldn’t believe people were being so nasty. But now I just ignore them.'
Billie: 'People think they can say what they want online, but they’d never dream of saying it to your face. Kim Kardashian has a stunning body but, whenever you see a picture of her in a bikini, you’ll always find nasty comments about how she’s fat or ugly. You can’t win!'
You both look terrific at the moment – how confident are you?
Sam: 'My confidence differs from week to week. Some weeks, I feel good and other times I don’t. I try not to focus on bad pictures, though. We’re not stick insects and we’d never want to be. We go out in flats and no make-up and we’re just ourselves.'
Billie: 'I’ve lost 8lbs recently and I’m feeling much more confident. There were loads of photos of me looking heavier when Sam and I went to Vegas in June and I did feel a bit insecure about getting into a bikini again. But now I’m comfortable with my curves and I still have my 32G bust! I’m a size 8-10 –I’ll never be a size 6 and I’ve accepted that.'
You're releasing a new range with Little Mistress. What can we expect from the clothing line?
Sam: We found that Little Mistress was one of the best sellers in our Minnie's boutique so it made sense to release our own clothing range with them. The style of the clothes is really what me and Billie like to wear.
Billie: We know we've got a lot of young female fans so we wanted to have lots of nice day dresses and fun casual looks. No boob tubes or hot pants in sight!