IT’S a story as outdated as time – actuality star meets footballer and transforms into glamourous WAG residing the excessive life.
And no present proves the development greater than Love Island, with a bunch of former stars shacking up with their sporty beaus through the years.
The newest former contestant to leap on the footie bandwagon is Maura Higgins, 31, who has quietly been relationship MK Dons star Conor Wickham for weeks.
The pair have now even jetting off on vacation, however simply what’s it about footballers and Islanders that appears to make it a profitable mixture?
TV psychologist Emma Kenny reckons the pairings work for a similar purpose Victoria and David Beckham do – an understanding of the well-known life-style.
She stated: “The explanation that Love Islanders and footballers are drawn collectively is principally the identical as why Victoria and David Beckham had that preliminary attraction.
“They perceive the calls for of a public life and the pressures that brings with it.
“Relationships for celebrities solely work in two types: both their companion is within the limelight too or they’ve little interest in ever being well-known.
“For the Islanders, the transition to being well-known is a fast one however it means they know what it’s wish to have individuals thinking about your each transfer – particularly because the present broadcasts it on an intense degree for weeks.
“Plus, loads of the Islanders are capable of work for themselves successfully, which means they’ll adapt to their companions’ schedules. That is virtually not possible if you happen to work a 9 to 5 and date a footballer.
“If their relationship stands the check of time, it’s all the way down to different components, however the preliminary attraction is all about having comparable experiences.”
Right here, we check out the Love Islanders who’ve dated a participant of the gorgeous recreation.
Olivia Attwood and Bradley Dack
Olivia, 31, rose to fame for her hotheaded rows with then-partner Chris Hughes, 29, throughout the 2017 sequence of Love Island.
Previous to becoming a member of the present, she loved a romance with Blackburn Rovers participant Bradley, 28, however it did not work out.
However when she left the villa issues fell again into place for the pair and love blossomed.
In 2019 Bradley lastly popped the query with a big pear-shaped diamond ring whereas on a romantic journey to Dubai and thru tears Olivia accepted.
Writing about their romance on-line, she stated: “I by no means dreamed I might discover a love like this.
“How content material I really feel in life proper now is definitely such an alien feeling, however I by no means need it to finish. All due to you.”
The marriage has been delayed because of lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, however Olivia has taken it in her stride, saying she has appreciated the additional time to plan it.
Dani Dyer and Jarrod Bowen
Dani, 25, hasn’t been luckiest in love since leaving the villa – with the daddy of her little one, Sammy Kimmence, going to jail for fraud.
However she’s hoping issues have modified now she is relationship West Ham star Jarrod, additionally 25.
The pair received collectively final yr and the England worldwide is reportedly already planning to suggest to the daughter of Danny Dyer this summer season.
Jarrod has picked out a sparkler price £10,000 and already requested his future father-in-law for permission to get down on one knee.
Dani confirmed their blossoming relationship solely to The Solar however claims tot Santiago will at all times be her most important precedence.
She stated: “The whole lot is so early days. Jarrod is a beautiful man and we’re having fun with attending to know one another.
“However Santi will at all times be my most important precedence, he’ll at all times come first. I’m concentrating on being a mum and, past that, no matter occurs, occurs.”
Fortunately her West Ham-supporting father is a big fan of her newest beau, proclaiming on Sorted with the Dyers: “It is attention-grabbing I am in all probability extra in love along with your boyfriend than you’re.”
He went on to joke: “West Ham are my one real love. I believe I like West Ham greater than the rest on this planet.”
Lucinda Strafford and Aaron Connolly
Following within the footsteps of Olivia, when she struggled to search out love within the villa, Lucinda, 22, returned to outdated flame Aaron, additionally 22.
The £1million-a-year Brighton participant was stated to have been devastated when she selected to go on the ITV2 present.
The pair had dated for 2 years earlier than splitting after which received again collectively after her island stint final yr.
They introduced their reunion to the world with a snap of them dressed up as a Playboy bunny and Hugh Hefner for Halloween.
However issues did not find yourself going easily and the couple cut up once more in April.
A supply stated: “Everybody thought Lucinda and Aaron would make an actual go of issues this time spherical.
“Aaron was fairly minimize up when she determined to do Love Island however they moved on from it and appeared stronger than ever.
“Ultimately, they only couldn’t make it work and have determined it might be higher for each of them in the event that they remained single.”
The pair had cops referred to as on them shortly earlier than the cut up because of a heated row when she confronted him with dishonest suspicions following an evening out boozing.
Joanna Chimonides and Ben Chilwell
Joanna, 25, was forward of the curve when it got here to relationship, having bagged herself a footballer earlier than showing on the present.
She had been seeing England participant Ben, 25, for round a yr earlier than they cut up.
The pair had been usually snapped collectively having fun with romantic nights out collectively earlier than she went on Love Island in 2019.
Ben was stated to be livid at her choice to seem on the present, regardless of the very fact he ended their relationship as he needed to be single.
On the time a supply stated: “Ben has been left livid by her occurring the present regardless that he dumped her on the finish of final summer season as a result of he needed to be single.
“They’d stayed good associates till a month in the past when she instructed him she was occurring Love Island. She thought Ben was partying an excessive amount of and he thought she was the best individual on the flawed time.
“Joanna had been approached by Love Island bosses when she was nonetheless with Ben and turned it down.”
In contrast to different pre-villa relationships, they have not rekindled their spark and are each at the moment single.
Amber Gill and Jack Grealish
Former Love Island winner Amber, 24, was linked to Jack, 26, a number of months in the past whereas he was stated to be seeing on/off girlfriend Sasha Attwood and Emily Atack.
Final yr, a supply defined: “Amber has been involved with Jack for some time after they first received in contact on-line, and since then they’ve met up a number of occasions over the previous few months at resorts, together with one in Leeds.
“She was clearly fairly enthusiastic about it, she instructed her associates, however after the information about Jack and Emily got here out just lately the entire thing feels quite a bit much less glamorous.
“It was by no means a correct relationship, only a good time and a few dates collectively, however now it feels as if he could have been involved with various ladies without delay and that’s very disappointing for her. She actually preferred him.”
Each events have denied the claims, with Amber stressing on her social media that she has by no means been the “different girl”.
She additionally revealed she had been despatched dying threats over being linked to the Manchester Metropolis ace.
Alex Iwobi and Clarisse Juliette
Gorgeous Clarisse, 24, was with Everton star Alex Iwobi for 4 years earlier than they cut up in 2017.
Throughout their relationship, the winger performed for Arsenal earlier than shifting to the Toffees in 2019.
Clarisse, in the meantime, made her personal profession transfer final yr as she popped up on Love Island.
Sadly, she wasn’t fortunate in love – solely managing three days on the present as a part of the Casa Amor shake-up.
Regardless of each failing to search out new companions, they have not rekindled their romance like Olivia and Bradley.