So, on this series of Love Island, it’s hardly been a secret that exes Jacques O’Neill and Gemma Owen knew each other before their time on the show. When Jacques was drafted into the villa as a bombshell, before Gemma had even seen his face, she was telling the girls that he looked like her ex - with her worst fears later being confirmed when he turned around and she saw his face. Now there are rumours that a new male bombshell, Billy Brown, will be joining the villa (according to The Sun) - and guess what? Billy and Gemma follow each other on Instagram (although exactly how they know each other is not yet clear).
Gemma isn't the only one who has linked to other Islanders - as Davide Sanclimenti and Jacques also seem to have an unlikely connection, even though they didn’t act like mates when Jacques entered the villa. After some internet sleuthing, one eagle eyed fan noticed that Jacques had commented on one of Davide’s old Instagram posts, and the two had a friendly online exchange, joking about going to the gym. (And, as one fan has since asked, if Jacques and Davide knew each other then it’s highly likely that Davide might have known Gemma, too.)
However, it’s not the first time an islander has strutted into the villa, only to know someone already in there. Last year, things got a bit awkward for Hugo Hammond when Chuggs Wallis walked in, as the pair used to go to Oxford Brookes University together (with the tabloids even dubbing Chuggs and Hugo former ‘love rivals’ as they reportedly went after the same woman). Chuggs actually knew most people in that villa as well, as he’d previously matched with Lucinda Strafford on Tinder - and Chloe Burrows also said she knew him. But at least Chuggs' notoriety was known to viewers, as the islanders spoke about knowing him.
This wasn’t the case for Megan Barton Hanson and Alexandra Cane though, as when the reality stars took part in series four, nobody would have known they were mates. Both women nearly kissed in a music video, and Alexandra had even worked as a make-up artist on a shoot Megan did - but they acted like they'd never met in the villa.
And in 2019, Lucie Donlan was shocked when Arabella Chi walked into the villa as a bombshell, as both women had previously dated Charlie Fredrick. (Charlie was on Love Island in 2018, it really is a small world for Love Islanders.) Unable to hide her shock, Lucie told Arabella: ‘I recognise you. You’re my ex’s ex. I’ve stalked you before!’ During that same series, it also transpired that Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard were familiar, as Curtis admitted that he’d previously slid into Maura’s DMs. While at first it looked like the pair didn’t stand a chance, Maura and Curtis turned into one of the series' most unlikely couples, and were together for seven months after the show.
Where To Buy The Exact Love Island Bikinis From This Series
Danica stepped into the villa with an apple-green bikini and heart-shaped diamante features. The Apple Green Diamante Heart Triangle Bikini Top (£15) and Apple Green Diamante Heart Bikini Bottoms (£15) are available on Pretty Little Thing right now.
Indiyah's pink, crystal bikini is from Modaminx and makes a great addition to any holiday wardrobe. Shop her pink triangle crystal bikini top (£30) and matching pink tie-side crystal bikini bottoms (£30).
Tasha avoided any tan lines last night with this bandeau bikini from PLT. Shop her look with the cream hammered trim bikini top (£15) and matching cream hammered trim bikini bottoms (£15).
Indiyah's light pink bikini is straight from Oh Polly as the Majesty Ring Halter Neck Bikini Top in Light Orange (£24). Ring bikinis are very in this season and we like the Aerie triangle halter neck bikini top with ring detail (£28) and EVARAE Sia cutout embellished stretch-ECONYL halterneck bikini top (£150) too.
Whilst being thrown around by Luca, we saw Gemma wear a bright orange corset bikini. The Club L London After Sun Burnt Orange Corset Halter Swimsuit (£45) stood out in the challenge.
Relaxing in the sun, Amber was spotted in this Boux Avenue Sydney textured triangle bikini top (£22) and matching bottoms (£16).
During the hot 'men-chanic' challenge, we saw Ekin-Su don a royal blue swimsuit - the exact one is the Majorca strappy back swimsuit (£38) from Boux Avenue.
Tasha's gorg multicoloured bikini is straight from Shein as the Color Block Smocked Halter Triangle Tie Side Thong Bikini Swimsuit (£6.49). You can get similar examples from the ASOS DESIGN tie side bikini bottom bold abstract print (£9.60) and Free People Frankies Phillipa Shine Bikini Top (£88).
In Episode 5 of Love Island, we saw Tasha don this exact bikini from Boux Avenue. Snap up the Hvar bronze ruched brazilian bikini briefs - Bronze (£16) and Hvar bronze ruched multiway bikini top - Bronze (£22) on the website right now.
Gemma showed off her gorgeous tan with a grey shiny swimsuit from Hunkemoller. You can get the Havana Multi-Way Swimsuit Rebecca Mir in Grey (£40) on the website now.
Neon is very in this summer and Indiyah shows us how it's done in her Oh Polly Layered Bikini Top in Lime (£22) Other neon lime and yellow options include the PrettyLittleThing Light Lime Mini Crinkle Underwired Square Neck Bikini Top (£20), the Hollister High Apex Ribbed Underwire Bikini Top (£27) and the GUESS Fluo colour bandeau bikini (£27).
Just as we saw Liam leave the villa, Paige was wearing this super skimpy green ombre swimsuit with a tie front. The exact match is available on ASOS as the ASOS DESIGN lace up cut out swimsuit in green ombre print (£30).
Newbie Afie donned 'Lime Sherbet' Emerald Contrast Triple Crystal Bandeau Top (£25) on her first day. We also like this similar dupe - the Andressa top from Camila Coelho (£89).
Paige looked pretty in pink in a ruched bikini top - and you can shop a very similar vibe on REVOLVE with the PQ Remi Ruched Bandeau Bikini Top (£67).
Tasha's orange and pink bikini is straight off of Missy Empire. The Jorja Pink Orange Contrast Tie Side Bikini Bottom (£14) and Saffron Pink Orange Contrast Strap Triangle Bikini Top (£14) is available right now.
In a girlie chat over the boys, Tasha was seen in a hot orange strappy bikini whilst Indiyah was spotted in a MANGO zebra print bikini. The bikinis are available online right now - you can get Indiyah's MANGO Zebra print bikini top (£19.99) and MANGO Printed bikini bottom (£17.99) whilst Tasha's bikini is the Cruz line from Oh Polly (£22).
Amber set off the show with a leopard print kimono which stood out against a classic black bikini set. You can buy the SXY Leopard Print Ruffle Trim Belted Kimono (£30) or ASOS do a dupe with the Brave Soul kimono with belt tie detail in leopard print brown (£22).For a staple black bikini like Amber's, we like the House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Darian Top (£67) and House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Darian High Waist Bottom (£79) to match.
Everybody rushed to the online shops for Tasha's Cobalt Blue bikini which has already sold out on ASOS DESIGN mesh bandeau ruched front bikini top (£18). The ASOS DESIGN hipster bottom in cobalt blue (£15) is still in stock though, and if you want a matching top then you'll want to grab the NA-KD Shiny Circle Detail Strappy Bikini Top (£23.95).
Indiyah also donned a Sherbert Lemons choice when walking into the villa, in their White Beaded Bikini Set (£25). We loved her cover-up beach skirt the most though, and you can get dupes easily like the lovewave Alisa Skirt (£151), Zaful Cowl Neck Strappy Cami Top And Tassels Sarong Skirt (£22.95) and the Urban Outfitters Knit & Lace Mini Beach Skirt (£42).
Paige wears a classic baby pink strappy tie bikini set in her promo shots, which are available to grab from Pretty Little Thing. They have 10% off each now as Pretty Little Thing Baby Pink Mix & Match Triangle Bikini Top (£4.50) and Baby Pink Mix & Match Tie Side Bikini Bottoms (£4.50).
Indiyah showed off her body with an orange number, found as the Oh Polly Jorani Hoop Detail Bikini Top in Orange (£24). If you like this style of slinky bikini, the VDM The Label Ziggy reversible triangle bikini top (£55) matches up well.
Dancer Tasha showed off her lean body in her sneak peek with a bright red set from Ann Summers, found as the Ann Summers Catalina Soft Bikini Top (£26) and Ann Summers Catalina Brazilian Bikini Bottom (£16).