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Love Island’s Davide Sanclimenti opens up on finding ‘real love’ with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Davide Sanclimenti has admitted to being ‘scared’ that his relationship with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu wouldn’t work in the outside world, after they left the Love Island villa.

But, in an exclusive chat with MailOnline, the reality star, 27, said the couple have got closer since the show and that their relationship has developed into ‘real love’.

He said: ‘I feel like since we left the villa we are closer and closer. Naturally there were feelings in the villa, but when we entered the real world and started living as as actual couple, we felt real. 

Concerns: Davide Sanclimenti has admitted to being ‘scared’ that his relationship with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu wouldn’t work in the outside world, after they left the Love Island villa

‘Because we were scared, I was scared as well, that on the outside the relationship wouldn’t work. But in the end we found we were working better. 

He went on: ‘Love Island is not real, it’s still a TV show, because you’re surrounded by cameras and people are watching you so I feel like you can open yourself by not too much. 

‘But when you enter the real world you have moments just you and her, so you start being a real couple and that’s where you start feeling the real love.’

Opening up about his girlfriend, Davide confessed: ‘I’ve never met anyone else like Ekin. 

'Real love': In an exclusive chat with MailOnline, the reality star, 27, said the couple have got closer since the show and that their relationship has developed into 'real love'

‘Real love’: In an exclusive chat with MailOnline, the reality star, 27, said the couple have got closer since the show and that their relationship has developed into ‘real love’

‘I feel like we are very similar – she’s like the copy and paste of me in a female version. We like the same things, have the same interests, same sense of humour, we like the same films. And then we have so much fun as well. 

‘What makes Ekin special, is she’s a very strong character and she’s very caring with me, and I really like when a woman is caring. She wants the best for me and she’s very ambitious.’

The pair have both launched successful careers since Love Island that keep them very busy, but Davide says they still make time for each other.

He said: ‘We knew when we left the villa we were going to be very busy, so it’s something we were prepared for. 

Jam-packed schedules: The pair have both launched successful careers since Love Island that keep them very busy, but Davide says they still make time for each other

Jam-packed schedules: The pair have both launched successful careers since Love Island that keep them very busy, but Davide says they still make time for each other

‘Naturally we didn’t expect to be this busy! But the other day we were talking and we said even though sometimes the situation can be stressful, we have so many good memories over the last two months. 

‘If we were living a normal relationship we wouldn’t have these memories in a year and a half.’ 

The couple are still planning on moving in together, with Davide saying he’s prepared to swap Manchester for Essex to be with Ekin-Su.

He said: ‘I went to Essex a few weeks ago to see Ekin’s dad and I actually liked the area, so I think if we move together I would say yes to coming down to Essex. 

‘Most of our jobs are in London, and it’s a nice area and I liked it. I’m thinking it’s the next step, but nothing is sure yet and we don’t have a date yet.’ 

Next step: The couple are still planning on moving in together, with Davide saying he's prepared to swap Manchester for Essex to be with Ekin-Su

Next step: The couple are still planning on moving in together, with Davide saying he’s prepared to swap Manchester for Essex to be with Ekin-Su

Ekin-Su and Davide recently revealed they will be starring in a new ITV series called  Ekin-Su and Davide: Homecomings, where fans will get to see them travel to their hometowns in Turkey and Italy.

Letting slip a few details of what viewers can expect, Davide said: ‘She met my family, I met hers, she cooked with my mother and I cooked with her grandmother. 

‘We had two small arguments, but we sorted them straight away. I think the show is going to be really fun, when I look back on all the things we saw, it’ll be fun.’ 

Davide, who recently revealed he turned down an opportunity to star on Dancing on Ice, said he goes with his gut when picking jobs.

Exciting: Ekin-Su and Davide recently revealed they will be starring in a new ITV series called Ekin-Su and Davide: Homecomings, where fans will get to see them travel to their hometowns in Turkey and Italy

Exciting: Ekin-Su and Davide recently revealed they will be starring in a new ITV series called Ekin-Su and Davide: Homecomings, where fans will get to see them travel to their hometowns in Turkey and Italy 

He said: ‘I kind of know straight away if it’s something I want to do or not, like in the past I’ve said no to other things straight away. I always do what I want to do and what I enjoy, I don’t like to take everything just because it pays good money.’

He added: ‘I haven’t done a cooking show, that’s probably something I would like to do in the near future. If this show goes well, maybe we could do Davide and Ekin-Su around the world.’

The Italian Stallion insists that his new success and fame haven’t changed him, saying: ‘I’m still the same person, with my feet on the ground, still humble.’

‘Yeah, I won Love Island and it was a beautiful experience, but I know I’m still myself. Just because I have followers or I’m famous I don’t need to change my personality.’

Davide recently partnered with Prezzo to give customers the chance to get together over his famous tiramisu on Davi-date nights.

He will be spreading the love for couples looking to follow in his footsteps by putting on his chef uniform and serving the dish to fans. 

While on their dates, guests will also enjoy a luxurious selection of Italian classics from the all-new Prezzo menu, including Truffled Macaroni Cheese, Pork & Fennel Ragu and a Chocolate-drizzled Biscoff Cheesecake. 

Sweet treat: Davide recently partnered with Prezzo to give customers the chance to get together over his famous tiramisu on Davi-date nights

Sweet treat: Davide recently partnered with Prezzo to give customers the chance to get together over his famous tiramisu on Davi-date nights

Talking about his love for Italian food, Davide said: ‘It’s our culture, we like to spread our food around the world. I love Italian food and I feel like I enjoy when someone else enjoys eating Italian food. Like when I went to Italy with Ekin, she was loving the pizza, lasagna and the Italian food there.  

He added: ‘Since we left the villa I haven’t had much time to cook for her, we’ve been busy. But when we have a quiet time or chill night, I love to cook for her. I actually prefer to cook for her than when she cooks for me. 

‘I like to make food for the person I love. Food is important in a relationship, it’s a moment to be together and stop for a second, especially if you’re busy in the day.’ 

Delicious: He will be spreading the love for couples looking to follow in his footsteps by putting on his chef uniform and serving the dish to fans

Delicious: He will be spreading the love for couples looking to follow in his footsteps by putting on his chef uniform and serving the dish to fans 

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