EXCLUSIVE Shannon Singh on her shock dumping: ‘I’ll never live it down’

She opened up exclusively to Closer

Love Island secrets Shannon Singh

by Marianna Manson |
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Love Island’s Shannon Singh has opened up exclusively to Closer about being the first to leave the villa on this year’s series after just 48 hours.

The vlogger and model popped by for the return of Love Island Secrets and admitted that she’d gone in for “the sunshine and a lovely man – and I didn’t get either!”

“Well actually, I got the sunshine,” she added.

Shannon Singh
She was the first to be dumped ©ITV

Shannon – who was dumped when bombshell Chloe Burrows arrived and picked Shannon’s fella Aaron Francis – said that after she got that fateful text, there was no hanging about and she was forced to leave straight away.

“Well luckily, because I was only in there for forty hours – I’ll never live that down! – one of my suitcases was [still] packed and the other wasn’t, so it was quite easy for me to pack everything and say ‘adios’.”

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Chloe Burrows

Chloe may have caught all the boys' attentions as evidenced in a recent explosive episode, but you can see she's always been a stunner from this uni halls pic taken way back in 2015.

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Faye Winter

Faye has certainly nailed this classic Instapose in this snap from 2019 - the hair, tan and Adidas bodysuit are all on point and a sign of things to come.

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Brad McClellan

A quick glance over Brad's insta and it's clear he uses it primarily to document his fitness journey. This snap from 2017 is from before it all began.

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Kaz Kamwi

Kaz was already a fashion blogger before she entered the Love Island villa, and so her first photo is appropriately professional looking (boo).

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Jake Cornish

Finally, a properly old photo! You can tell that Jake was already going to the gym when this photo was taken with a mate back in 2013.

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PS. Enjoy this bonus pic of baby Jake with none other than footballer Wayne Rooney.

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Hugo Hammond

When he was a teenager, Hugo played Cricket for England's Physical Disability team.

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Hugo Hammond

PS. Baby Hugo for your viewing pleasure x

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Aaron Francis

Like Kaz, Aaron was already trying his hand as an influencer before he signed up to Love Island and so most of his photos are pretty glossy, but scroll down far enough and we found this photo of him seemingly winning an arm wrestle against Somoan Rugby Union player Many Tuilangi.

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Toby Aromolaran

Toby's not giving anything away with this sultry selfie from 2018, other than perhaps that he's heading off on his holidays, judging by his passport and boarding pass. He doesn't look that excited about it though, does he?

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Sharon Gaffka

In case you missed it, Sharon used to compete in beauty pageants and was Miss UK 2018. Here she is from the Galaxy pageant that same year.

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Liberty Poole

It looks like Liberty has always been a big fan of the finer things in life - as well as a blonde hair extension or two - judging from this snap with a pal from 2019.

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Liam Reardon

Viewers couldn't believe that Liam was only 21 when he entered the villa, but here's proof that Liam looked 30 way back in 2018 (regular teenaged boy for reference).

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Rachel Finni

This photo of Rach taken on a night out was posted in 2017 but captioned, "2 Years Ago ud83dude2b#CanILookLikeThisAgainPlease", so we can assume it's from way back in 2015.

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Millie Court

Proving she's always been a fan of posing up a storm in a bikini, we're majorly jeal of Millie's 2018 holiday to Cannes. Ahh, holidays - remember those?

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Lucinda Strafford

Right, we can't actually believe this 2018 photo of bombshell Lucinda - have Love Island checked her I.D.? Is she old enough to be on the show?

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Shannon also spoke about the application process, admitting that – like most Islanders – she was approached on Instagram to apply for the show but that the rest of the process is the same for everyone.

“Because of the pandemic and everything, it was quite a lengthy process. Even when you get approached and you get a DM on Instagram, the application process is still the exact same for everyone. It just means like they're looking for people that they think could be good on it.


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“I started speaking to them just at the start of the first lockdown, which was about March, April [last year]. And then I didn't actually get confirmed fully until, the end of April or May, this year.”

Giving her thoughts on whether speculation of a UK series that swirled at the height of the pandemic had any truth to them, she said, “I think the rumours aren’t true, I believe it was always going to be Mallorca.

“I do remember reading some stuff that people thought it was going to be in England, but no. It was always going to be Mallorca.”

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