Love Island stars who were friends before going into the villa

So is this how you get on the show?

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |

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.

Michael Griffiths, Jordan Hames, Danny Williams and Chris Taylor all live together - cute.

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

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

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

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

Georgia Steel and Amber Davies
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Okay so technically they were not friends but after Georgia spotted Amber on a night out, she asked the Love Island 2017 star for some advice."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," Amber explained on Lorraine.She added, "It was perfect. I'm a little scout. ITV need to give me a job."

Wes Nelson and Aaron Francis
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Again, Wes and Aaron 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.

Alexandra Cane and Megan Barton Hanson
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During the Love Island 2018 series, contestants were left shocked when it came to light that Alexandra and Megan had KISSED before going on the show... Turns out, they starred in a music video together and that's why they kissed.

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

Lucie Donlan and Arabella Chi
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During Love Island 2019 it came to light that Lucie and Arabella kind of knew each other before going into the villa because 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.

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

Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard
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They were the 2019 couple no one saw coming but after Maura and Curtis went official with their romance, there were claims 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.

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We've seen a lot of Love 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 (and Love Island 2015 star) 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.

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 as of Love Island 2022, Gemma Owen's ex Jacques O'Neil stepped into the villa as a bombshell.

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