As the new winter series of Love Island is set to begin, former winners of the show offer advice to the new batch of hopeful singletons.
Paige Turley and Finley Tapp won the first winter series in 2020 and are approaching their three year anniversary.
The Scottish singer, 25, entered as an original on day one, while Finn, 23, from Milton Keynes, arrived as a bombshell on day five.
The pair moved in together to a flat in Manchester in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The couple have now revealed their tips for a long-lasting romance out of the villa ahead of the shows launch date on Monday 16 January.
Advice: As the new winter series of Love Island is set to begin, former winners of the show Paige Turley and Finley Tapp offer advice to the new batch of hopeful singletons
1. Make the most of the villa bubble
The couple told MailOnline: ‘The biggest bit of advice I would give is to enjoy it. It wasn’t until we were leaving that we actually realised what we had done and started to just enjoy it.
‘You’re never gonna have a time in your life again where you can turn your phone off for, like, six weeks and have genuine connections with people.
‘We didn’t even know what time it was and it’s very limited. So just appreciating time standing still whilst you’re in there.’
Loved-up: The Scottish singer, 25, and her boyfriend Finn, 23, won the first winter series in 2020 and are approaching their three year anniversary
2. Spend alone time together away from the parties and opportunities in the outside world
While it was a strain on many relationships, Paige and Finn explained that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions actually benefited them.
‘Covid helped us because we got to spend that time together without being pulled from pillar to post. We had a mad three weeks when we came out before lockdown and the quality time that you spend with each other is quite limited,’ shared Finn.
Continuing: ‘So, I think a good bit of advice is to try and make sure everything that is happening around you doesn’t affect you getting that quality time with whoever you come out with’.
The couple told MailOnline: ‘The biggest bit of advice I would give is to enjoy it. It wasn’t until we were leaving that we actually realised what we had done and started to just enjoy it’
3. Get support from friends and family
The dating show wasn’t without its tribulations either, as the increased time away from family and friends took their toll on the couple.
Paige admitted: ‘I was in for like two months and come to the end of it I was like, right, I just wanted to call my mam.’
The couple said: ‘I think a good bit of advice is to try and make sure everything that is happening around you doesn’t affect you getting that quality time with whoever you come out with’
4. Get to know each other away from the cameras
Admitting Love Island was a ‘weird’ way to start a relationship, Finn said: ‘It was weird because we didn’t even have each others phone numbers, so we had to do that coming out even though we were already a couple.’
Paige went on to explain their experience on getting to know each other away from the cameras.
She told Metro: ‘It kind of took us like a good year to work out who each other was, because obviously, in the villa you’re in a bubble, you don’t have any responsibility, you don’t see where they’re from, you don’t see their friends or family,’ she said.
‘So it took us probably like a year to really work each other out and gain an absolute understanding of who each other was.’
Contestants: Ten hopeful singletons, including the show’s first ever partially-sighted contestant, are set to enter the sun-soaked villa of love
5. Don’t rush
Paige shared that their secret to staying together despite being in the public eye was ‘taking it back to basics’, with Finn adding that they slowed their relationship down ‘to a pace that is normal’.
Ten hopeful singletons, including the show’s first ever partially-sighted contestant, are set to enter the sun-soaked villa of love.
Love Island kicks off on ITV2 at 9pm on Monday 16 January.
LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Tanya Manhenga
Occupation: Student and model
Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’
‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’
‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’
Name: Lana Jenkins
Occupation: Makeup artist
Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’
Name: Anna-May Robey
Occupation: Payroll assistant
Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’
‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’
‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’
Name: Tanyel Revan
Location: North London
Occupation: Hair stylist
Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’
‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’
‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’
Name: Olivia Hawkins
Occupation: Ring girl and actress
Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’
‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’
Name: Kai Fagan
Occupation: Science and PE teacher
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’
‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’
‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’
Name: Ron Hall
Occupation: Financial advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’
‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’
Name: Will Young
Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’
‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’
Name: Shaq Muhammad
Occupation: Airport security officer
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’
‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.
That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’
Name: Haris Namani
Occupation: TV salesman
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’
‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’