With no summer love island this year, it seems to be the perfect opportunity to look back at previous contestants on the show and see where they all are now. Many contestants who go on the show dream of the fame and fortune they will find after returning to the outside world. Still, for many of the show’s previous islanders, the end of the show marks their return to a regular job too, with several past islanders even returning to work on the NHS’ frontline.
Rachel appeared on series 2 of Love Island but was voted off the show after just eight days in the villa. Her partner on the show, Rykard Jenkins even walked off the show to be with her in what was perhaps the biggest shock of the series. Since leaving the island, Rykard and Rachel have since split and Rachel has returned to her role as an orthopaedic nurse. According to her Instagram, Rachel has been working throughout the pandemic and thanked her fans for their messages of support during this uncertain time.
Amber from South Wales, won the show back in its 2017 series with her boyfriend Kem Cetinay but since leaving the villa has begun a career in theatre. She made her debut in London’s West End, starring in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical. Amber and Kem split up after four months together, stating that: ‘Our lives have changed beyond recognition over the past few months and our hectic work schedules have made it difficult to make things work. We still have a lot of love for each other and will remain good friends.’
Dr Alex George
Alex appeared on the 2018 series of the show but has since returned to his day job as an A&E doctor at the University Hospital Lewisham in London. Alex is currently working on the NHS frontline in the battle against coronavirus but has had several tv appearances since being a contestant on Love Island. He is currently a tv doctor on Good Morning Britain and even participated in Celebrity MasterChef last year.
Grace appeared on the show last year and was one of the six new girls to arrive at Casa Amour. She began a romance with Dr Alex, but this ended when Grace was voted off the show after ten days on the show. Days after leaving the villa, Grace returned to her job as a hairdresser in the salon she owns in South London.
Malin appeared on the 2016 series of the show and has recently gone back to working as a carer for the elderly and terminally ill during the pandemic. She said that the experience has “…humbled me greatly – to be grateful for what I do have, instead of focusing on what can be taken away from us.” As well as being trained in elderly and palliative care, Malin is a mental health advocate and mental health columnist for OK! Magazine.
Harley had a brief coupling on the show with Amber Davies when he appeared on the 2017 series of the show. Despite being nicknamed “Ken doll” by the show, he left the show after Amber chose Kem over him. Since leaving the villa, Harley has returned to his job as an estate agent but has also taken up bodybuilding and now participates in muscle-man contests.
23-year-old Adam Jukes from Manchester appeared on the second series of the show but has maintained a low profile since the series ended. He returned to his job as a recruitment consultant.
After appearing on the show’s fifth season, Anna actually quit her job as a pharmacist to pursue other interests. However, she returned to the profession to help in the fight against COVID-19 and posted a snap of her first day back at the job on her Instagram, urging her fans to “Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.” As well as this, she has launched her own clothing range with In The Style and has begun a podcast with two other past love islanders, Yewande Biala and Amber Gill.