Love Island’s Georgia Townend: Why I’ve Gone Back To My Job At Lidl

The fan favourite tells Grazia why influencing and creative careers aren't the only measures of success.

Georgia Townend

by Bonnie McLaren |
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Nearly everyone who watched Love Island this year agreed on one thing: Georgia Townend went home too early. Just like Shannon Singh before her, Georgia was only in the villa for 48 hours before being dumped, because Hugo Hammond decided to save Chloe Burrows (and got into that argument with Toby Aromolaran at the recoupling). Thanks to her hilarious captions on Instagram, and funny videos with the rest of the cast, Georgia has now become a fan favourite, with some even asking for her to replace Laura Whitmore as host.

Now, over three weeks after the final, the islanders are back in the UK, and now some of the hype has died down, some of the cast are working out what to do next with their day-to-day lives. Obviously, some will want to make a career out of becoming an Instagram influencer. But, for some islanders, instead, they want to go back to the 9-5 they had before. (Faye Winter even told us one of the first things she did when she got her phone back was ring her boss and ask for her old job back.)

Georgia yesterday revealed on Instagram that she'd gone back to her job at Lidl, working in food retail marketing. The reality star posted a picture in the offices, joking that her time in the villa was so short because of the company's reputation for having speedy checkouts. 'The HBIC* [Head Bitch In Charge] has returned,' she wrote. 'Yes I work for @lidlgb and yes that’s likely a contributing factor as to why my time in the villa was so short. It’s been instilled into me my entire career that checkouts should be as speedy as possible.'

Speaking to Grazia, Georgia revealed why she'd decided to go back to her day job, and told us that it's important for young people following her to remember that careers, which might not be seen as glamorous as influencing, are just as valid. 'During Love Island I was on sabbatical from work, with the intention always being that I would return to my job,' she said. 'I’m very career driven and have invested a huge amount of time and dedication into building my career, I’ve climbed the corporate ladder, and my career continues to be very important to me,' she explained. 'It’s important I send a positive message out to young people who perceive Instagram or other creative careers as the only measure of success. Good jobs and careers all look different to different people. So long as you are in a role, that you firstly enjoy, where you feel like you are actively contributing, and continue to grow and develop, you're in a very good career indeed.'

Watch Grazia's Pulled For A Chat with Georgia, after she left the villa, below.

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