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Love Island: Where are previous Islanders now? From OnlyFans extraordinaire to millionaire musician

Over the past five years, it seems Love Island has become better know for creating stars than finding love. 

And while many hopefuls entered the villa with regular day jobs, a host of the contestants have gone on to capitalise off their appearance and found mega fame – and mega money – elsewhere. 

From selling saucy snaps on OnlyFans to working with Boris Johnson, the show has has helped propel Islanders to stratospheric success in many different walks of life. 

We take a look at some of the stars of the show and where they are now…  

Sizzling: Megan Barton Hanson has become an OnlyFans megastar

Over the past five years, it seems Love Island has become better know for creating stars than finding love

WES NELSON, 23 – MILLIONAIRE MUSICIAN 

THEN: Nuclear Systems Design Engineer

NOW: Chart-storming hitmaker 

NOW: Chart-storming hitmaker

NOW: Chart-storming hitmaker

Wes was a fan favourite when he entered the Love Island villa in 2018’s fourth series and after tumultuous relations with a host of his co-stars he found love with Megan Barton Hanson. 

The couple finished in fourth place before splitting the following year when she grew suspicious of his relationship with his Dancing On Ice co-star. He later appeared on The X Factor: Celebrity.

Last year however, Wes’ star took an incredible turn when he released his single See Nobody with Hardy Caprio. 

Reaching a staggering number three in UK charts and number nine in Ireland, he also scored a gold certificate on the song from the British Phonographic Industry. 

He has just released his new single Nice To Meet Ya with Yxng Bane and critics have him tipped to continue in his stratospheric storming of the charts – worlds away from his beginnings in the Mallorcan villa. 

As well as his music, Wes is also a property investor – which he revealed made him a millionaire at 21. 

THEN: Nuclear Systems Design Engineer

NOW: Chart-storming hitmaker

WES NELSON, 23 – MILLIONAIRE MUSICIAN

DR ALEX GEORGE, 30 – FRONTLINE FIGHTER AND GOVERNMENT AMBASSADOR 

THEN: Doctor 

NOW: Doctor and Government Youth Mental Health Ambassador

Unlucky-in-love Dr Alex starred on Love Island in 2018 and won the hearts of fans through his bumbling flirtations, incredibly kind heart and ultimately his lack of luck with the ladies. 

Dr Alex with his late brother Ll¿r

Dr Alex with his late brother Llŷr

Unlike many stars of the show, he returned to his job as an A&E doctor and has been fighting on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic before establishing his role in government.   

In February, he was appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by Boris Johnson after speaking out following his brother’s death last year. He has been passionately campaigning for better mental health provision as he struggled with the loss of his brother Llŷr, who took his life at the age of 19 in July.

The A&E doctor met with the Prime Minister in No. 10 Downing Street as he was appointed into the unpaid role. 

His role as Youth Mental Health Ambassador will be to advise government, help shape policy on improving support for young people and raise the profile of mental health education and wellbeing in schools. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘delighted’ to appoint Dr. Alex as a Youth Mental Health Ambassador, saying: ‘Children and young people have heroically adapted to save lives and protect our NHS.

‘This has understandably had a huge impact on their mental health, so I want to shine a spotlight on this vital issue ahead of their return to school. I’m delighted that Dr. Alex George will be working with us as we do everything in our power to improve people’s mental wellbeing.’ 

Unlucky-in-love Dr Alex starred on Love Island in 2018 and won the hearts of fans through his bumbling flirtations, incredibly kind heart and ultimately his lack of luck with the ladies

Unlike many stars of the show, he returned to his job as an A&E doctor and has been fighting on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic before establishing his role in government

DR ALEX GEORGE, 30 – FRONTLINE FIGHTER AND GOVERNMENT AMBASSADOR

The A&E doctor met with the Prime Minister in No. 10 Downing Street as he was appointed into the unpaid role

The A&E doctor met with the Prime Minister in No. 10 Downing Street as he was appointed into the unpaid role

AMBER DAVIES, 24 – THEATRE STAR 

THEN: Dancer

NOW: Theatre star 

Having entered the villa with her history in the dance world, in 2017, Amber found fame by winning series three with Kem Cetinay. They split 132 days after scooping the £50K cash prize.

Amber went on to make her professional stage debut in 2019 as Judy Bernly in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre and subsequently on the UK tour.

It was then announced in March, that she landed the leading role in the theatrical adaptation of new musical Bring It On. She will play cheerleading squad captain, Campbell alongside Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 31.

Inspired by the 2000 film, Bring It On features an original score by the multi award winning creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pulitzer Prize winning Tom Kitt, composer of Next To Normal.

On her transition from reality TV to theatre, Amber previously said: ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover, wait until you see it. Even now, any negativity I see on Twitter, I always say: ‘Come and watch it, then give your opinion.’ 

Having entered the villa with her history in the dance world, in 2017, Amber found fame by winning series three with Kem Cetinay. They split 132 days after scooping the £50K cash prize.

Amber went on to make her professional stage debut in 2019 as Judy Bernly in Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre

AMBER DAVIES, 24 – THEATRE STAR

It was then announced in March, that she landed the leading role in the theatrical adaptation of new musical Bring It On. She will play cheerleading squad captain, Campbell alongside Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 31

It was then announced in March, that she landed the leading role in the theatrical adaptation of new musical Bring It On. She will play cheerleading squad captain, Campbell alongside Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 31

MEGAN BARTON HANSON, 27 – ONLYFANS EXTRAORDINAIRE 

THEN: Exotic dancer and Legal PA

NOW: OnlyFans superstar  

Megan pictured before fame

Megan pictured before fame

As a bombshell arrival in Series Four, Megan wowed both her co-stars and viewers as her former exotic dancer past was revealed as well as her image transformation with the help of cosmetic enhancements. 

Since leaving, she has undergone a number of career moves including modelling and clothing collaborations however she has now made her main source of income her OnlyFans account.  

In November last year, Megan revealed her OnlyFans earnings helped her buy her dream house in London.

In an interview, the star, who is believed to make up to £800,000 a month on the the X-rated subscription site, declared she’s ‘proud’ of the platform and said she ‘can’t believe how well she’s done’ since Love Island.

The reality star gushed: ‘Doing the site has definitely helped me buy my dream house and it’s given me all the money for new furniture.’ The media personality, who moved into her first property in October, insisted one of OnlyFans’ benefits is that she can ‘take the power back’ with the content she posts.

Megan told The Sun: ‘I’m so proud of OnlyFans. I knew how much girls I used to work with in the sex industry were making on webcamming, so I thought, ”Why not?”. I can’t believe how well I’ve done, I’m smashing it.

‘I’m sure men would be happy if I just stood in front of a mirror in my underwear, but for me it’s about getting glammed up.’ The influencer, who recently launched her new sex podcast You Come First, shared that women reach out to her for advice and said the money she receives is ‘great and amazing’.

As a bombshell arrival in Series Four, Megan wowed both her co-stars and viewers as her former exotic dancer past was revealed

In November last year, Megan revealed her OnlyFans earnings helped her buy her dream house in London.

MEGAN BARTON HANSON, 27 – ONLYFANS EXTRAORDINAIRE

RACHEL FENTON, 28 – BACK TO NURSING

THEN: Nurse

NOW: Nurse

Like Alex George, Rachel, who starred in series two in 2016, returned to the medical field after her TV stint. 

After a fleeting appearance on the show, which saw her love interest Rykard Jenkins leave to be with her, she made her way back to her day job as a nurse specialist. 

She has been fighting on the coronavirus frontline and documenting her journey on social media. 

Last year, the Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist spoke in interview on BBC Live Breakfast show about why she chose to return to nursing mere weeks after her Love Island stint, Rachel admitted she never planned to give up her career after appearing on the reality show.

She added: ‘So when I first came off the show it was crazy, I had about a month off work after I came off Love Island and then I went straight into full-time nursing. It’s definitely a difference but there was no way I was going to give up my career.

‘A lot of people said to me just go into influencing and drop nursing it was never an option, nursing is my vocation, the difference is very very apparent, I love nursing I love what I do, it was never something I was going to give up.’

Like Alex George, Rachel, who starred in series two in 2016, returned to the medical field after her TV stint.

Last year, the Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist spoke in interview on BBC Live Breakfast show about why she chose to return to nursing mere weeks after her Love Island stint

RACHEL FENTON, 28 – BACK TO NURSING

CHRIS HUGHES – RACER BOY

THEN: Farmer

NOW: Racing pundit 

Love Island 2018 star Chris, went from being the lovable Cotswolds country boy in the house to establishing his career as a horse racing pundit for ITV – something he stated caused ructions on Twitter.

He previously said: ‘Twitter is a very opinionated platform and the amount of abuse I used to get over the first three, four or five times I was broadcasting was ridiculous, whether that was from punters or whoever. They just thought I was a kid from Love Island going in blindly to present horseracing.’

He explained that many critics were unaware that he had a long-time affiliation with the sport.

He said: I’ve been involved in racing since I was 11 in terms of riding racehorses, whether it was point-to-pointers or Earth Summit, who was kept with Marcella Bayliss just down the road from Nigel Twiston-Davies in his retirement.

‘It was at Marcella’s point-to-point yard that I developed myself riding out. My dad has owned horses with Jonjo O’Neill and for me it was just something I was passionate about. I know about racing and it was about breaking that mould.

‘I now hold up the Social Stable on my own, present live on my own, and that’s a skill set. It’s something I’m happy to do and something I want to continue to develop.

‘I don’t receive those Twitter remarks anymore and it’s all very positive now. I feel like people have started to understand my involvement in horseracing throughout my life and that has helped switch opinion. It took a while for perceptions to change in that respect.’

THE BOWENS – THE MARRIED SUCCESS STORY

THEN: Office worker and scaffolder

NOW: Inflencers

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen met on Love Island in 2016’s second season and have gone on to become one of the biggest couple’s success stories, making their millions from Instagram. 

The couple are work an estimated £4.5million off the back of the show, while they have a dedicated Instagram page to their sprawling mansion which they renovated. 

Olivia, who tied the knot with Alex in Essex in August 2018, spoke about her Love Island fame saying: ‘I didn’t go on Love Island for love, I didn’t go in for money, I just went in for a laugh.

‘My friends say I’ve become a nicer person because of Love Island. Now we’ve moved into our dream home, we go on amazing holidays and it’s thanks to Love Island.

‘There will be a baby soon, hopefully in the next couple of years, but you don’t know until you try — so we’ll see.’

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen met on Love Island in 2016's second season and have gone on to become one of the biggest couple's success stories, making their millions from Instagram.

The couple are work an estimated £4.5million off the back of the show.

THE BOWENS – THE MARRIED SUCCESS STORY

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