The Reasons Love Island Fans Are Obsessed With Shaughna Phillips Go Beyond Her Hilarious One-Liners

Her life behind the scenes of Love Island has a lot to do with why she's a fan-favourite...

Shaughna Phillips

by Georgia Aspinall |
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Love Island hasn’t even been on a week and fans are already flocking to Shaughna Phillips. Her witty one-liners and no-nonsense attitude has fast attracted praise, but it’s also her life outside of Love Island that has caught viewers’ attention. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly obvious there are an abundance of reasons to love Phillips.

A 25-year-old democratic services officer from London, Phillips has already been through the mill on Love Island despite only being a few days in. Naturally, her love-triangle with Callum Jones and Jessica Gale has attracted some sympathy, but that’s not all.

Shortly after arriving in the villa, it was reported by Capital Extra that Phillips joined a fire safety team two weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire. Working to ensure all front doors on council properties were fire safe or refitted, Phillips told reporters the experience was ‘overwhelming’.

‘But because you’re doing something good, that if I went home and there were a few more fire safe doors that had been installed, it was like, “Good, we’re getting there”. It was hitting the ground running as there was so much to do, so it was like a project and I loved, loved, loved it.’

Her desire to help people has also driven her towards politics, hoping to enter the field after Love Island or even return to her previous job at London’s Lambeth council. ‘I definitely want to get into some kind of politics,’ she said. ‘I just like helping people and I want to do as much as I can. For me, it’s not really about how much a job pays you, because it’s about helping people.'

Viewers also love her attitude towards men. When Jones decided he was going to get to know both her and Jessica Gale, Phillips' one-liners were the highlight of the episode.

‘I’ve got a text,’ Phillips announced after Gale picked to couple up with Jones, then quipping, ‘I’ve got a text but no man.’

And in Jones’ frustrating inability to actually converse with either woman enough to pick one, Phillips has more than once offered hilarious life advice we all plan to use. Her absolute gems include, ‘I'd rather find out on Day 2 that Callum's a wet wipe rather than Day 17 or some shit’; and the ever-relatable, ‘I’ve come to Love Island to find a boyfriend not a son!’

In fact, her experience of her ex-boyfriend was one of the first notions Phillips was an absolute queen – she explained that she had to offer him so much life support she felt like his mother. Indeed, it’s a narrative that’s been raised a lot recently, with the influencer Florence Given even bringing out T-shirts that say, ‘Stop raising him. He’s not your son’.

And on social media, Phillips' unique ability to be both raw and honest yet hilarious has convinced many fans she’s this year’s Maura Higgins – a stand-out star of last season. Online commentators have also started obsessing over her and Leanne Amaning’s budding friendship, with the pair placed in the same boat in the first episode when the twins chose to couple up with each of their initial partners.

All in all, it seems Phillips has already unlocked the key to fan-favourite success on Love Island. Keep it real, have a laugh but also don’t take any nonsense: the three pillars of success for women in reality TV.

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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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