Love Island winner Finley Tapp has opened up on some backstage secrets ahead of the launch of the 2021 series.
The 21-year-old former semi-professional footballer entered the famous villa during the first-ever Winter edition of the ITV2 dating show in January 2020.
He managed to bag himself a girlfriend, Paige Turley, as well as the whooping £50,000 cash prize.
Chatting to Daily Star about his experience on the show, Finn revealed that cast members were informed of what was going on outside the villa before heading back to normality.
He explained: "We sort of got prepped on everything that's gone on since you're in the villa after we left.
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"We sat down with various different teams and they said 'ah by the way, there's this virus going around from China' and when we got back the realisation sort of hit about coronavirus.
"There was also a video we watched straight out of the villa which has been put together by a few of the ex-Islanders. It's something everyone had to watch so you're prepared for what's to come."
Finn entered the villa as a new arrival and quickly caught the attention of Scottish lass Paige.
In a sweet coincidence, the footballer admitted that he'd already told his parents that he had his eye on the singer before flying to South Africa for the show.
He said: "It was strange going in as a new arrival because I was watching the first couple of episodes on my sofa with my mum and dad and then it was the case of I missed the third episode because I was on a night flight, and the fourth episode I was in.
"I had conversations with my mum and dad about Paige before going in the villa and they were really up for it."
Paige and Finn successfully passed the dreaded Casa Amor task with flying colours but it wasn't a nice experience for the happy couple.
"Cash Amor was definitely the worst bit," he said.
"It was a bad few days. I was so miserable and I just needed to get back to the mail villa. That was very difficult."
The lovebirds have since moved in together after living with Paige's parents for three months during lockdown.
Opening up on whether he has any regrets from his experience, Finn said: "No regrets at all, which is really positive.
"It's a place where you do put yourself out there, and it could go horribly wrong, but no I certainly don't have any regrets and I look back and I'm thankful for every decision I made."
Finn has a keen interest in fitness and often documents his workouts on his Instagram page and his passion for football continues.
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He recently partnered with leading education charity Football Beyond Borders, an organisation which uses the power of football to support and encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Opening up about what he'd like to achieve in the next 12 months, Finn said: "I really want to get back into the world of football and sport. If not actually playing football, I'd love to start presenting."
Love Island returns to ITV2 on Monday at 9pm
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