Love Island cast who knew each other BEFORE the show

Spoiler: there's a hella lotta them...🤔

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |
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Love Island may not result in many successful relationships but they sure do give us some great friendships.

Amber Gill, Yewande Biala and Anna Vakili? Iconic.

Dani Dyer, Samira Mighty and Georgia Steel are still good pals.

Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins are also BFFs.

However some Islanders are actually friends or know each other before they even step foot into the villa.

And funnily enough, that's sometimes how they end up on the show... So we've had a look at all the Love Island stars who were friends before they went on the show.

Check out: the Love Island stars who were friends before going on the show


Love Island stars who were friends before going on the show

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André Furtado and Elom Ahlijah-Wilson

They were on different series but it turns out André Furtado and Elom Ahlijah-Wilson knew each other outside the villa after fans spotted a TikTok exchange between them.

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Ouzy See and Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas got the shock of her life with Ouzy See walked into Casa Amor. That's mainly because they knew each other before after working on a job together.

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Tyrique Hyde, Montel McKenzie and Zachariah Noble

During an exclusive chat with Closer Online, Love Island 2023's Montel McKenzie revealed that he knew Tyrique Hyde and Zach Noble before the villa. No wonder they were all besties in the villa.

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Ron Hall and Chloe Burrows

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Olivia Hawkins and Zara Lackenby-Brown

Shortly after Zara Lackenby-Brown arrived in the villa and caused a stir, it came to light that she knew Olivia Hawkins before the show. The Islanders had previously commented on each others Instagram accounts, they appeared in Dapz's music video for Take You Away and David Salako confirmed it on social media.

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Tasha Ghouri and Georgia Steel

In news no one was prepared for, apparently Love Island 2022 star Tasha Ghouri and Love Island 2018 star Georgia were friends before they went onto the ITV2 show. The Islanders were reportedly 'inseparable' but following a 'bad fallout' they're no longer friends.

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Lacey Edwards and Billy Brown

They wasn't in the Love Island 2022 villa at the same time but it turns out, Lacey Edwards and Billy Brown actually dated before going on the show.

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Jacques O'Neill and Davide Sanclimenti

Love Island fans discovered that under an Instagram photo of Davide Sanclimenti, Gemma Owen's ex Jacques O'Neill had commented on it, uncovering that they followed and were friendly with each other way before they met in the villa. Very fishy.

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Anna Vakili and Sherif Lanre

They may not have been friends before meeting in the villa but Sherif Lanre revealed that he actually slid into Anna Vakili's Instagram DMs before going on the show.

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Amber Gill and Ellie Brown

It turns out Amber Gill and Ellie Brown were pals before Love Island 2019. In fact, Anna described Ellie as Amber's former "best friend". However things turned sour when Ellie started dating Amber's ex Michael Griffiths.

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Chuggs and Hugo Williams

When it was announced that Chuggs Wallis was heading into the villa, Hugo Hammondwas quick to reveal that they actually know each other. Turns out they're friends after going to Oxford Brooks university together.

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Georgia Steel and Amber Davies

Okay so technically they were not friends but after Georgia Steel spotted Amber Davies on a night out, she asked the Love Island 2017 star for some advice. On Lorraine, Amber explained, "I saw her in a bar and she said to me, 'Can you put me forward?' I said, 'Yeah, that's fine, I'll do it.' Her mum just said to me it was actually me, then I put two and two together. It was perfect. I'm a little scout. ITV need to give me a job."

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Adam Collard and Jay Younger

Adam Collard was the ultimate bombshell who made Love Island history by returning to the show and as luck would have it, he was already friends with Jay Younger after competing in gym competitions together.

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Wes Nelson and Aaron Francis

Again, Wes Nelson and Aaron Francis were not pals before the latter stepped into the villa in 2021 BUT they did know each other... kind of. Wes did an Instagram competition where he gave one of his followers a PS5 and it turns out it was Aaron.

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Alexandra Cane and Megan Barton Hanson

During the Love Island 2018 series, contestants were left shocked when it came to light that Alexandra Cane and Megan Barton Hanson had KISSED before going on the show after starring in a music video together.

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Adam Collard and Ellie Brown

When Ellie Brown (alongside Zara McDermott) arrived in the villa as a bombshell, Adam Collard revealed that he already knew her. Turns out, Adam dated one of Ellie's friends outside the villa and dumped her.

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Jack Keating and Jay Younger

Another 2022 Islander Jay Younger already knew was Jack Keating. Jay told heatworld that his dad and Jack's dad - akak Ronan Keating - are "good pals".

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Lucie Donlan and Arabella Chi

During Love Island 2019 it came to light that Lucie Donlan and Arabella Chi kind of knew each other before going into the villabecause they were talking to the same guy... Love Island 2018 star Charlie Frederick. However their awkward past didn't stop them from being friends in the villa.

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Molly-Mae Hague and Kendall Rae Knight

It's well known that Molly-Mae Hague was an influencer before her time on Love Island and it turns out she went on a press trip with Kendall Rae Knight just a few months before going into the villa.

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Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard

They were the 2019 couple no one saw coming but after Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard went official with their romance, there wereclaims that they'd known each other for YEARS. It all came about after a Dancing With The Stars pro claimed they'd 'cast eyes' at each other backstage years before, back when Curtis was on the show as a professional dancer and Maura visited the set a few times. Hmm.

We've seen a lot ofLove Island stars recouple outside of the villa but have you ever thought about the Islanders who dated before going on the show?

During the 2016 series, the Islanders were floored when Tom Powell's ex-girlfriend Emma-Jane Woodhams entered the villa.

When Chloe Crowhurst went on the show a year later, TOWIE's Jon Clark hit out at her and claimed they were in a relationship and was shocked to see her on the Love Island line-up. However she went on to deny his claims.

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Then in 2019 a similar set of events happened when Charlie Frederick claimed that he was dating Arabella Chi when she went into the villa and thought they were in a relationship.

Arabella hit back at his claims and admitted that although they were seeing each other "about a month" before she went into the villa she added, "He knew it wasn't going to be like a full relationship".

We'll never forget Jack Fincham's ex-girlfriend Ellie Jones entrance into Casa Amor... It left Dani Dyer in a flood of tears and Love Island received a lot of Ofcom complaints.

And in Love Island 2022, Gemma Owen's ex Jacques O'Neill stepped into the villa as a bombshell.

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