Love Island 2020 just wrapped up its winter series, which saw Paige Turley and Finn Tapp split the £50,000 cash prize between them after they were crowned the winning couple.
And while their lives have changed so much since the couples fell in and out of love in the Spanish villa, a lot of the now-stars were once working the nine to five… what a way to make a living!
From selling coffee beans to scaffolding and singing, here’s what the former cast mates of Love Island 2020 did for work before taking part in the ITV2 show.
Leanne Amaning, 22, from London, was a customer service advisor before she hit up the Majorcan sun. The Love Islander graduated from the University of Nottingham with a masters degree in December 2019, gaining a distinction in Occupational Psychology. Since leaving the villa, Leanne has been sharing snaps, including attending London Fashion Week and brunching.
Siânnise Fudge, 25, made it to the final with her beau Luke Trotman. They made their relationship official in the villa and now the runners-up are discussing starting a family. Before she found love in the Love Island villa, Siânnise worked as a beauty consultant and, describing herself in three words she said: “My friends call me Princess Jasmine and Eyebrow Queen. I’m also sassy.” Since leaving the villa, Siânnise has shared a few snaps of herself with her fellow cast mates, and she’s turned back to her beauty roots too, posting a selfie captioned: “Is a nude lip anyone else’s go to?”
Before the villa, Luke Trotman was a semi-pro footballer and he is also a student. The 22-year-old started his football career at Luton Town and then moved to the Darlington FC squad. Speaking about his relationship with Siânnise, Luke said: “We want four kids,” adding, “We’ve said once we’re stable financially, we’d do it.” Siânnise agreed, saying, “We’re very family orientated and that’s why we are so connected, because we have the same feelings about it. Kids are always something I’ve wanted and it’s what Luke wants, too.”
Eve Gale and Jess Gale
Eve and Jess Gale, both 20, are the Love Island bombshell twins who stirred things up with their cheeky charm. Before entering the villa, both Eve and Jess shared the same careers, working as VIP hostesses. They are also both students. After the blonde beauties entered the villa, it was revealed that they both worked as hostesses for nightclub Fez, which resides in Cambridge.
Shaughna Phillips, 25, worked as a democratic services officer before finding villa fame. The islander, who describes herself as “chatty, funny and clever,” experienced an on-off romance with fellow islander Callum Jones before being voted off the show. Whilst Shaughna was in the villa, the star’s job was advertised online despite reports claiming the council had left the door open for her to return should she wish to, they put out an ad to fill a similar position.
Sophie Piper’s claim to fame upon entering the villa was that she’s the sister of former The Saturday’s singer Rochelle Humes. In the villa, 21-year-old Sophie coupled up with Connor Durman and the pair have remained together after leaving the island. Before she found fame on the reality show, Sophie worked as a medical PA. Back in the outside world, Sophie has been living it up and snapping shots in glamorous outfits on night’s out, with no signs of returning to the day job just yet.
Brighton-based Connor Durman was a coffee bean salesman before entering the Love Island villa and finding love with Sophie Piper. The 25-year-old star, who described himself as “outgoing” and “a big personality,” has been seen posing for pictures with girlfriend Sophie following his villa departure and even sipping coffee in London in a post captioned: “New day, new week, new goals.”
Rebecca, 21, from Newcastle, worked as a part-time model and carer before entering the villa to find love.
Before the villa, Love Island winner and ex-girlfriend of Lewis Capaldi, Paige Turley, was, and is, a singer. The 22-year-old blonde once appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, aged 14, as a solo singer and even reached the semifinals singing Skinny Love by Birdy.
Fellow winner Finley Tapp, who found love with Paige in the villa, worked as a recruitment consultant before finding fame in Mallorca. The 20-year-old experienced the 9-5 pre-villa and worked in offices in London at tech and digital recruitment specialist Talent which was 2019’s winner of best IT/Technology Recruitment Agency at the Recruiter Awards. Finley and Paige, who bagged the £50,000 prize money, have been snapped together a few times since leaving the villa, including sharing a loved-up snap at The Hoxton Hotel in Southwark.
Mike Boateng, 24, worked as a police officer before entering the villa. The hunk decided to go into the villa to find love, adding: “If that means stepping on a few toes, burning a few bridges and finding the love of my life, I’m willing to do it.” Greater Manchester Police released a statement when asked about the 24 year old’s time on the force after his family posted a statement on his social media to deny “false stories” about the reality star hopeful. This came after Mike was said to be “under investigation” after an complaint was made to Greater Manchester Police about his conduct while working in the force. The statement, which Greater Manchester Police shared with The Sun, read: “Allegations were made regarding an officer in 2019 which are currently under investigation by the Professional Standards Branch. “It is inappropriate to comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing.”
Stunning Manchester-based Molly Smith, who coupled up with Callum Jones on the show, describes herself as "friendly, a little bit awkward and confident.” Molly is a model and has worked with big names including Boux Avenue and Calvin Klein.
Callum, 23, worked as a scaffolder before finding villa fame. The self-described “cheeky chap” coupled up with Shaughna Phillips originally on the show, before finding love with Molly Smith, who he has been seen cosying up with regularly on the outside world.
Nas Majeed worked as a builder before entering the villa, and the 23-year-old also has a degree in sports science. Nas describes himself as a “Jack of all, Master of none,” on his Instagram and has been pictured hanging out at an I Saw It First event after leaving the villa.
Cardiff-based 27-year-old Connagh Howard describes his jaw line as his best feature and rates himself an 8-8.5 out of ten. Connagh works as a model and gym instructor but has opened up on his dreams of becoming a TV presenter. Speaking exclusively to OK! Online at a screening of the show held at BOXPARK Croydon, he said that he would "love" to pursue a career in presenting.
Demi Jones, 21, worked as a style advisor at a boutique before hitting up the villa. The Portsmouth-based contestant also has an Archaeology and History degree which she obtained at the University of Winchester. The stunning star, who found love with Luke Mabbott on the show, has shared many loved up snaps since leaving the villa, including one where she gushes over Luke, saying: “And that’s it! Time to go back home. I’m going to miss waking up next to Luke every morning with his scrambled egg on toast. So excited for the future! But now time to see the fam for a few days.” [sic]
Luke Mabbott, 24, worked as a heating engineer before his time in the villa. But despite his day job, it seems some think Luke is actually a famous singer as he said: “I’ve been mistaken for Justin Bieber quite a few times. I’ve walked into clubs and been given VIP table service and free drinks because the bouncer has thought I’m him!”
London-born Priscilla found love with Mike Boateng whilst on the Island, but before going on the show, the 25-year-old beauty worked as an operations manager. As well as this, the star has recently been splitting her time between working in the city for emPawa Africa, a music company, and posing in glamorous fashion shoots for the likes of Black Beauty and Hair magazine.
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