A Love Island pair has disclosed that they have split up a fortnight after leaving the ITV2 programme, becoming the second couple to call it quits.
Leah Taylor, 27, disclosed on Thursday that she and Montel McKenzie had divorced, while Catherine Abaje and Elom Ahlijah-Wilson were also sent out of the resort.
The company owner stated that she and Montel, 25, had chosen to ‘just be friends’ following a short flirtation when they landed in the UK.
‘I’m glad we built a really good connection while we were there and I know that we’re always going to be friends, but in terms of romantic; we’ve decided to end things,’ she told The Sun.
The split comes only hours after it was reported that Catherine, 22, and Elom, 22, had split up after’struggling to make it work in the real world.’
‘They kept up a bit of a pretence while they did the podcast circuit, but everyone knew it was over before it even really started,’ an insider told the publication.
Catherine and Elom were evicted from the villa in an unexpected twist after fans voted them the least suitable couple.
The couple had been drinking when they received a text message informing them of the news and telling them to pack their belongings quickly.
The same evening, Leah and Montel were deemed incompatible and were sent back to the UK, with the merciless double dumping causing islanders and spectators to cry.
More heartbreak for former islanders has occurred in recent weeks, with 2022 winners Ekin-Su Cülcülolu and Davide Sanclimenti divorcing after 11 months.
Davide later explained the cause for their split, saying, “the relationship has been on the rocks for months and parting ways has been a long time coming.”
‘This has been one of the hardest things I ever did in my life and there’s no perfect way to navigate a breakup,’ he added.
Ekin-Su chose not to comment on the end of the relationship, but she did say she spent some’much-needed time away’ with her family, which she described as’really significant’ to her.
However, after sharing a car at the end of the ITV summer party, the former pair ignited reunion whispers.
Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2.