The Irish contestant has been a controversial figure on the highly popular reality TV show for many years.
And from the moment Love Island announced the contestants for this year’s Winter Series in sunny South Africa, they’ve been wagging about the surprises Series 9 will bring.
Television and radio host Maya Jama, 28, will host for the first time following Laura Whitmore’s decision to step down.
The Irish Islanders have long been popular on the show as they look to use their choices as a launching pad for more prolific careers, but with mixed results. Where are they now and what have they been doing since then?
Maura Higgins: Series 5
Maura is arguably the most successful Irish Love Island contest after having her viewers hooked with her witty and mischievous tropes.Maura and others
She has a massive social media following of over 3.6 million people on Instagram and has maintained a successful career behind the show.
The Longford girl appeared on another reality show, Dancing on Ice, and branched out into presentation work such as This Morning and Glow Up. and has secured lucrative deals with the likes of Boohoo and Ann Summers.
Greg O’Shea: SEriez 5
Amiable Limerick man Greg joined the show late in the series and was a runaway winner in Squeeze Ambergill. Since then, Greg has kept busy, setting up his own fitness and wellness app and competing in his Rugby Sevens for Ireland at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. However, after the event, Greg revealed in a moving interview on The Late Late Show last week that he struggled with mental health.
He said how many others have responded to his emotional interview since then. You wouldn’t believe me telling you how much I sympathized with you.
“They shared their personal stories. They’re upset to hear it, but at the same time they’re uplifted because we’re starting to talk a little bit.”
Rob Lipset: SEriez 3
Rob didn’t manage to get romantically involved during his time at Casa Amor, but has since used the heightened publicity to build a career in media.
Although he was only on the show for a few days, he now runs a successful business dedicated to fitness advice and goals, mostly through social media.
He also produces a protein pancake brand, Fuel Cakes.
Shannen Riley McGrath: SEriez 3
Shannen joined Casa Amor but left the island after a few days. Due to the sheer amount of online trolling she’s experienced since then, she “doesn’t recommend” participating in the show, she said.
“At the time, I thought it would be the best thing ever to do something and get fame out of nowhere.
Now that you’re a little older, less naive, and more comfortable with this industry, I wouldn’t recommend going into it. ”Since then, she has successfully pursued her modeling and influencer career through her large social media following.
Yewande Biala – Best of Yewande Biala
Yewande moved into the villa in 2019, but the Dublin scientist’s time on the island hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
Since then, she’s taken on television work and published her book Reclaiming last summer. In it, she speaks candidly about her own mental health struggles.
Jack Keating: Series 8
Jack, son of Ronan Keating and Yvonne Connolly, went looking for love on the island.
He then took on other television jobs and moved to London to build his career plan.
He didn’t make the connection, but has since said it was a great experience.
“You go there as part of six young people moving towards six girls who are already in a couple, so it was tough and definitely out of my comfort zone, but I loved it.”
amount Hope: SEriez 8
Wexford native Dami caused controversy on the show but has since gone on to build a high-profile career alongside his girlfriend India.The couple moved in together and spent their first Christmas together. She also has a successful podcast sharing her experiences and gossip on Love Island.
Adam Maxted: SEriez 2
Adam became the first Irish Love Islander to enter the series in Week 2, eventually finishing fourth with Katie Salmon. Since then, the Belfast Man has established a career as a professional wrestler and has also worked as a personal trainer.
Matthew McNab: SEriez 7
Downpatrick’s GAA player joined the show in the second half and spent three weeks at Villa.
His dry sense of humor has drawn him a fanbase, but his two-word ending to his romance with Kaz — “We’re done” has become one of the show’s most memorable moments. became.
He found success with Dancing With the Stars and met his dancer girlfriend Laura Nolan. He currently works in fitness and travel.