As rumours swirled and their time apart ticked on, it still came as a shock this week that this year’s Love Island winners, and apparently inseparable couple, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea have officially split! Following a two-week romance on the hit show, the couple seemed rather quiet winners, vowing to rekindle their romance as soon as normality returned to their lives following their stint on the show. Beating their rivals to the £50,000 cash prize, the pair had initially insisted on pursuing their relationship, despite considerable time apart following a return to much busier schedules. Amber made a long-anticipated trip to visit Greg in Ireland, in late August, after which the couple’s fans were treated to a flurry of photos posted by the gushing couple on social media and publicly exchanged messages between the couple. Posing in front of famous landmarks, such as the Cliffs of Moher and Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Club, the couple seemed to be enjoying their time together and were clearly on a good course.
However, around the time she expected to visit Greg in Ireland again, Amber revealed she had received a text message from Greg in which he stated his desire to longer pursue the relationship. By all accounts, it was Amber who pressed the conversation, as Greg overlooked the most basic etiquette by not informing her of his intentions clearly. Sources close to Amber have revealed that the Geordie beauty feels that Greg was aware of the distance between the two and chose to pursue her while on the show with full knowledge of it. However, Greg was more realistic about the situation, citing both of their busy schedules and their focus on their respective careers as the cause for the split, during an appearance on RTE One’s Late Late Show in Dublin.
Now that it’s all over and done with, the sparks, the spats and the spellbinding magic of the island sun have all settled, here we take a look back at the characters and highlights that made the show’s fifth season the resounding success that this year’s Love Island proved to be, with a series average of 5.61 million viewers! This year, controversy was stoked early on with the untimely departure of Sherif from the villa, after a mere 9 days into the series, Sherif was booted off the show in what were quite mysterious circumstances at the time. Following that, with the nation glued to the screen, Amber Gill gradually rose to centre stage, eventually taking this year’s title as Queen of the Villa!
Having received 48.82% of the final vote, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea were crowned winners and split the £50,000 cash prize. The couple reportedly spent the early period of their return to the outside together, enjoying their split winnings. Insisting that the couple are avoiding the “official” label, it has since emerged that Amber will be flying out to meet Greg’s parents. She has also received many offers, from starring in her first appearance on one of her favourite shows Loose Women on Wednesday the 14th of August, the former beautician has also landed a place on Dancing On Ice in 2020.
After an initial pairing with Callum, Amber pursued her next encounter with Anton Danyluk, on platonic bases, having admitted that both Tommy and Joe had caught her eye. Coupling with Michael at the next recoupling, sparks slowly emerged between the pair. What seemed to be a strong bond made the pair early favourites to win the show. However, Michael’s dabblings with new arrival Joanna Chimonides stirred the storm of Amber’s heartbreak. With only two weeks left to go, Greg entered as a bombshell, immediately taking Amber on a date in The Hideaway. The pair hit it off, stayed strong and the rest, as they say, is history!