The popular dating show has catapulted many contestants into TV stardom, but a lot of former Love Island stars have decided to steer away from the limelight
The arrival of summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing – Love Island is on its way.
The eighth series of the hit ITV show is expected to grace screens across the UK in June, where a group of single men and women will fly abroad to the Love Island villa in hopes of finding love.
Over the last seven seasons, the popular dating show has catapulted many contestants into TV stardom, with the likes of Molly-Mae Hague and Wes Nelson finding fame after participating.
But after experiencing life in the limelight, a lot of former Love Island stars have decided to steer away from the cameras and return to their ‘normal jobs’.
Here’s a look at the former contestants who waved goodbye to the Love Island life and instead went back to their normal jobs following their time on the show.
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Love Island 2021 star Jake Cornish decided to head back to his normal job as a water engineer – but with some dancing on the side as the 25-year-old unveiled his new dance business, Energee SW.
Mixing dance music with aerobics and body combat, Jake took to his personal Instagram page to encourage his followers to sign up to the weekly classes.
Greg O’Shea won the show in 2019 with his then-girlfriend Amber Gill, but he always had his eyes firmly set on going back to his original job as a professional rugby player.
The Love Island star played for Ireland in the Olympics last year and recently launched his own online fitness brand, where he does online exercise classes with fans.
Speaking to the Mirror, the heartthrob said that he ‘couldn’t think of anything worse’ than doing nightclub appearances and flogging products on social media to ‘get ahead’.
Dr Alex George
Dr Alex George appeared on the show in 2018, but after dipping his toe into the life of notoriety, he decided to go back to his medical career of being a NHS doctor at Lewisham Hospital.
Since then, Alex worked as a frontline worker throughout the coronavirus pandemic
Last year, Dr Alex was appointed as the UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador within the Department for Education by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The former Love Island star is continuing to work hard to raise awareness for suicide prevention following the tragic death of his beloved brother Llyr who took his own life at the age of 19.
The 24-year-old starred in the second series of Love Island, but was a trained elderly and palliative carer before signing up for reality TV.
She, like Alex, pledged her support to the Covid effort when she returned to her former day job.
“I can’t sit at home on my own anymore knowing I have training within the sector,” she tweeted at the time. “If I can give something more than what I’m doing – then I am satisfied.”
Malin gave birth to a baby girl earlier this year after previously being struck by tragedy when her daughter Consy died just weeks after she was born.
Anna Vakili also went back to work after finding fame on Love Island in 2019, where she returned to work as a pharmacist to help in the fight against coronavirus.
She had previously quit her job to appear on the ITV2 dating show and had no intention of returning until Covid swept the nation.
On her first day back amid the pandemic, Anna took to Instagram to reveal why she made the decision to go back to her roots after she spent five long years training to become a pharmacist.
“First day back working as a Pharmacist since leaving Love Island. It’s been almost a whole year! Wow can’t believe how fast it’s gone,” Anna penned.
“Wasn’t really planning on registering yet but with everything that’s going on it felt wrong not to. We can all fight this together. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.”
Marketing executive Georgia Townend may have only appeared on Love Island for 24 hours last year – but she made quite the impression.
The 28-year-old revealed that she went on the show to ‘genuinely find love’ and after setting her sights on Hugo, but ended up being disappointed.
After her short-lived time on the show, Georgia said that she was going back to her ‘normal job’ in Lidl. On her first day back to work, Georgia posted a gorgeous snap of herself posing next to a Lidl poster inside the office.
The former Love Island star said her ‘quick checkout’ from the villa landed her back in her favourite place.
Rachel Fenton, who fame on Love Island series two, returned to working as an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist after the villa.
Last year, the 29-year-old shared a photo as she received her Covid vaccine, after battling coronavirus twice.