Chloe Burrows says it’s ‘easy’ living with Toby Aromolaran after they met on Love Island – and they agreed to move in together as soon as the show ended.
The reality star, 26, admits her relationship with Toby, 22, has ‘matured’ since they found love in the villa and those who believe it’s ‘too soon’ for the pair to be living together have ‘forgotten’ how intense the ITV2 dating series is.
In an exclusive interview, Chloe confessed to judging previous Love Island contestants for crying on the show but now she understands the reasons Islanders become so emotionally invested.
‘I have never lived with a boyfriend’: Chloe Burrows says it’s ‘easy’ living with Toby Aromolaran after they met on Love Island – and they agreed to move in together as soon as the show ended
Chloe told MailOnline: ‘I have never lived with a boyfriend before but don’t forget we lived in really intense conditions all summer, we were together 24/7 – this is nothing.
‘This is very easy; there has been no adjustment period because we’re so used to being around each other.
‘People have the assumption that it’s a bit ‘too soon’ but they forget how intense Love Island is – I can never explain it to someone, until you’ve been in it you don’t get it. I remember watching it and thinking why are they crying on week one?
‘We wanted to move in together sooner. We came straight off Love Island and started looking at flats. It just took us a while to find the right one.’
‘We lived in really intense conditions’: The reality star says those who believe it’s ‘too soon’ for herself and Toby to be living together have ‘forgotten’ how intense the ITV2 dating series is
The former marketing specialist explained herself and semi-professional footballer Toby felt it was important to move forward in their relationship and commit to each other fully.
She added: ‘A lot of people start by talking online but we started talking face to face and we were living together 24/7 so we’re still adjusting to texting and calling.
‘In any other circumstance it would be a big step but it’s a natural thing for us to do – it makes sense, why would we go from living together for months and being in a relationship for quite a long time to then not?
‘Beforehand we were living out of suitcases and going between Bicester and Essex, and it was hard to find time together because of travel. We’re still so, so busy but now we know we’re going home to the same place, which is really nice.’
‘I can never explain it’: Chloe confessed to judging previous Love Island contestants for crying on the show but now she understands the reasons Islanders become so emotionally invested
MailOnline revealed Chloe and Toby moved into a £1million property in Essex earlier this month that was once owned by King Henry VII.
Chloe, who’s celebrating the release of her second collection with British jewellery brand Abbott Lyon, says their new home is still incomplete – and the couple are yet to have a bed to sleep on.
She said: ‘We have got bar stalls and a mattress… so it’s going really well. I’m good at cleaning and organising and he’s good at cooking – we’re running a very tight ship.
‘Our conversations are a bit more grown up now… we’re talking about furniture instead of other couples. I’m surprised he’s so clean and tidy. In the villa we had catering and the people did the washing up but he’s very clean, thank God.’
‘We have a mattress’: MailOnline revealed Chloe and Toby moved into a £1million Essex property that was once owned by King Henry VII – but the star says they still have no furniture
The pair came second on Love Island this summer, after losing out in the final to winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon.
But Chloe says she wasn’t disappointed by the result and it’s easy to forget you’re competing for a £50,000 cash prize while living in the Majorcan villa.
She said: ‘You never think while you’re in there that there’s a final until you’re up there and Laura Whitmore is there. You never think ‘I’ve got this long left’ so no, and obviously I love Millie and Liam and fair play to them.’
Chloe admits her life has dramatically changed since appearing on Love Island – and she’s thrilled to be starring in her second campaign for Abbott Lyon after finding fame on the show.
No regets: Chloe says she wasn’t disappointed to have missed out on the £50,000 cash prize after being beaten in the Love Island final – and claims she forgot about the competition while in the villa
Her Christmas collection boasts over 20 pieces including an Initial Necklace, and a Crystal Heart Bangle, which Chloe says is one of her favourites.
She said: ‘I’ve gone from having a routine, to having no routine, and people spotting me in the nail salon but I’m having the best time – I can’t complain.
‘Before you go into the villa you never, ever think – you have some expectations that people are going to recognise you – but never did I think in my wildest dreams brands such as Abbott Lyon would reach out and want to do a collection.
‘My first one did so well that now we’re doing another one, that’s ridiculous. It is so nice it’s being well received, and I love getting tagged in the pictures.’
Speaking about her most loved pieces, she added: ‘There’s a dangling heart that you can get an initial in that has a really cool chain, it’s really dainty, which is cool. There’s a bangle and matching earrings, those are my favourite pieces and I will be wearing them tonight when I attend the ITV Palooza.’
- Christmas with Chloe X Abbott Lyon is available now on the Abbott Lyon website