'We want to keep parts of our relationship private': TOWIE's Ricky Rayment and Jessica Wright in first couples photoshoot
00:58 GMT, 3 July 2012
They've been coy over their burgeoning romance on-screen.
But after making their relationship official in The Only Way Is Marbs, Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment are ready to show off their love.
Posing for their first photoshoot as a couple in the new issue of Closer magazine, they insist they won't be offering up everything for the cameras.
Things are heating up: The Only Way Is Essex co-stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment pose for their first couples shoot
Although they were seen waking up in the same bed together in the ITV2 spin-off in Marbella, Jessica doesn't want their relationship to become a storyline like her brother Mark's ill-fated romance with Lauren Goodger.
The 26-year-old said: 'We’re not interested in being the show’s biggest love story. We want to keep parts of our relationship private.
'We’re not the new Mark and Lauren. The “Mark and Lauren” thing is boring.
'Mark is so protective and sometimes
forgets I’m older. He’s tried to put me off my previous boyfriends, but
he couldn’t fault Ricky and gave him a massive thumbs up.'
Hot date: Jessica and Ricky out in Liverpool last week
The couple started dating in April
during the most recent series of TOWIE after Jessica enjoyed a brief
flirtation with Joey Essex last year.
The full feature appears in this weeks Closer magazine, on sale now
Her romance with Ricky comes a year after she split from long-term love Jonathan Holmes after four years together, who never featured in the show.
Although Ricky, 21, has been linked with Cara Kilbey, Lauren and Lydia Bright, he insists it was always Jessica who he had his eyes on.
He said: 'I’ve been friends with Lydia for years
and it was only a few dates with Cara. I was never trying to go after
Lauren. Don’t go there!
'Jess was always the TOWIE girl I fancied the
When it comes to Lauren, who Jessica fell out with earlier this year in a drunken argument over Mark, the aspiring pop star is adamant she won't become friends again.
Lauren was briefly suspended from TOWIE in April after a row with producers.
Jessica said: 'Lauren and I still don’t speak. The
break from the show must have given her time to think. She must have
realised the show isn’t about one person.'
This week’s Closer magazine is on sale now.