After That Shock Departure, Shaughna’s Friends And Family Speak Out

'Everyone loves Shaughna.'


by Jessica Barrett |
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With the words ‘congrats, hun’, Shaughna Phillips won series six of Love Island three weeks before it even finished – if not officially, then certainly in the eyes of its millions of viewers. She may have been dumped from the villa in an emotional episode at the end of last week, but Shaughna’s one-liners, excellent game face and moments of vulnerability captured our hearts (notably when she sobbed to Paige Turley, ‘Why can I never be the girl that they can just do it for? I’m always that other girl.’). Then there’s her relatability – what other Love Islander carries chocolate bars in their bikini top?

Shaughna’s Love Island journey was certainly an emotional roller coaster from start to finish, whether it was being confronted with her former other half Callum Jones – the emotionally unavailable scaffolder from Manchester – returning from Casa Amor hand-in-hand with his new love interest Molly Smith, or her – in retrospect, perhaps ill-advised – interest in Justin Bieber lookalike Luke Mabbott.

Watching at home, the 25-year-old democratic service officer’s friends and family tell Grazia that they saw Shaughna’s inner strength growing by the day. Her mum, Tracy Phillips, says, ‘Unfortunately, her life experiences have taught her that she’s going to get hurt and knocked down, but these have attached to her armour. She’s had her heart broken badly. When you have been hurt, it knocks your confidence and she has been down on herself and does have insecurities and vulnerabilities, though I saw her confidence growing in the villa.’

While viewers may have been holding out hope that Shaughna could ‘pull an Amber’ and win the series with a new man, that hope was shattered, when she was dumped during a dramatic recoupling.

Shaughna’s friend Tara Siddiqui, with whom she studied journalism at London South Bank University in 2012, tells Grazia she wasn’t surprised that Shaughna was so honest about her insecurities during her time in the villa – it was like history repeating itself. ‘She’s been unlucky in love,’ says Tara. ‘There have definitely been relationships that have gone well, like her first one, but her last two didn’t work out.’ Tara adds that Shaughna’s genuineness is one of the reasons she became so popular with viewers. ‘She’s honest, but she lets people see that vulnerable side. Being the girl that the boy doesn’t want: we’ve all been there. When she pulls out chocolate bars from her top and wears spot cream, she’s just being herself. She’s confident in who she is and that’s refreshing.’

Dark times engulfed Shaughna in June 2015, when her friend Tommy Blackmore died from a punch after being wrongly accused of stealing a phone. Meanwhile, she lost her beloved father Eddie to cancer the following year, in December 2016. ‘She’s been through a lot,’ says Tara, who adds that finding a man would have been nice, but it wasn’t an essential outcome of Love Island for Shaughna. ‘She deserves to know that she’s loved for being who she is. She’ll find out how much everyone who’s been watching loves her.’

Tracy explains that her daughter went into the villa looking for love, ‘but as an intelligent person, she knows it will bring a whole load of other opportunities’. Her best friend from school, Meg Curran, agrees that life’s going to look very different for Shaughna now. ‘It’s a whirlwind. I don’t know what life is going to bring, but I hope she’s going to get everything she wants,’ she says. ‘I think she’ll have a breakdown when she realises how much everyone loves her – and that people are buying “Congrats, hun” T-shirts. I’m so proud of her.’

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Meet The Love Island Contestants

LI1 of 11

Leanne Amaning, 22 from London - Customer Service Advisor

'If you're friends then you don't cross any boundaries', says Leanne. 'If you're not close friends with someone there's no such thing as girl code.'

LI2 of 11

Siânnise Fudge, 25 from Bristol - Beauty Consultant

'My friends call me Princess Jasmine And the Eyebrow Queen', Siannise says. 'I'm after my own Aladdin, I guess.'

LI3 of 11

Eve and Jess Gale, 20 from London - Students and VIP hostesses

Eve says: ''Tyga, Kylie Jenner's ex, messaged me. We were both at an event and I posted an Instagram story tagging him. He then messaged me afterwards and we spoke on WhatsApp. Then when me and Jess were in Ibiza, he was there again. He asked me to meet him but we arrived the day he left. Pop Smoke, the R 'n' B rapper, messaged me too.'Jess says: 'I was seeing someone and it was going really well. Then I saw him on Instagram in photos with a girl. The caption said 'A rare one, I love you'. They'd been to Dubai together and were proper tight. The dates with me meant he'd been cheating the whole time.''

LI4 of 11

Shaughna Phillips, 25 from London - Democratic Services Officer

'My last boyfriend I was with cheated on me', explains Shaughna. 'I always used to think if I got cheated on it'd be door shut, go away. It's not like that, cheating messes you up. I could never do that to anyone. I wouldn't like to be with someone who had cheated in their past.'

LI5 of 11

Sophie Piper, 21 from Essex - Medical PA (and sister to This Morning host Rochelle Humes)

'I went for dinner on a date and we had camembert to start. The date went well and I gave him a peck goodbye when I left', recalls Sophie. 'I got home and went in to take my make-up off and realised I had a bit of cheese hanging down from the corner of my mouth. I don't know how I didn't feel it and he hadn't said anything to me! When I asked him about it he said he hadn't wanted to embarrass me but I'd rather have known. I'm hoping my dates are a bit less cheesy in the Villa...'

LI6 of 11

Paige Turley, 22 from West Lothian - Singer

'I'm on my phone constantly, mainly on social media', says Paige. 'I feel like I'm not in the room as much as I should be. I think that's what I'm going to struggle with the most in the villa, not having my phone.'

LI7 of 11

Mike Boateng, 24 from London - Police Officer

'I'm a solid 8 and I have piercing eyes that look into your soul', Mike says. 'II'm lucky because of my job as a Police Officer I can use the cheeky lines about getting handcuffs out! It normally works.'

LI8 of 11

Connor Durman, 25 from Brighton - Coffee Bean Salesman

'I went on a date with a girl', says Connor. 'She asked me back to her house for some more drinks and let's just say I ended up getting on really well with her housemate...'

LI9 of 11

Callum Jones, 23 from Manchester - Scaffolder

'I always think it's best to go to a guy and speak to them first to clear up anything you need to' says Callum of the "boy code." 'I wouldn't go behind a lad's back.'

LI10 of 11

Nas Majeed, 23 from London - Sports Science Graduate and Builder

Nas says: 'If I think you're pretty, I'll tell you you're pretty. Or I'll comment on your outfit, rather than a generic chat up line. In a relationship, I'm loyal. Dating is different. You're not really completely attached to someone...'

LI11 of 11

Ollie Williams, 23 from Cornwall - Heir to the Lanhydrock Estate / Land Owner

'Best chat up line I've ever used is, "Do you know Polzeath beach in Cornwall? I own it." ' says Ollie. 'That's it. Chat up line, done. My party trick is the fact that I throw a bloody awesome party! Think Gatsby but with better fireworks.'

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