While Love Island contestants often claim they’re on the show to find love, the allure of spending eight weeks in a Majorcan villa on ITV2 goes beyond romance. Many of them are well aware that a significant attraction of the show is the potential to kickstart a career as an influencer. The moment the Islanders depart from the villa, they are greeted with contracts from fast fashion and beauty brands. Some even secure their reality shows or transition into careers as presenters, authors, or podcasters. In essence, they can bid farewell to their mundane jobs quicker than you can say “discount code.”
Before embarking on this inevitable career transformation, many Love Island contestants held regular jobs and created LinkedIn profiles to match. In this article, we delve into the LinkedIn profiles of the Love Island 2022 cast, shedding light on their professional backgrounds, qualifications, and interests.
Andrew Le Page
Andrew Le Page, a Day 1 Islander, works in real estate in Dubai. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been with Betterhomes LLC since August of the previous year. Before entering the world of real estate, Andrew worked as a personal trainer at Fitness First. He lists Millfield School as his alma mater, which, incidentally, is where former Love Islander Charlie Brake also studied. Millfield School comes with a hefty price tag of £14,000 per term for boarders.
Davide, despite his comedic on-screen persona, is not a comedian in real life. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been the director at S Deluxe Shisha since July of the previous year. Davide owns a shisha company that reportedly supplies shisha to various nightclubs and restaurants in Manchester. Before venturing into entrepreneurship, Davide worked as a junior financial officer, accounts assistant, and sales manager in Manchester. He holds three degrees, all of which are first-class honors, including an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Salford. Interestingly, Davide follows notable figures like Bill Gates, Christine Lagarde, and Boris Johnson on LinkedIn.
Indiyah’s LinkedIn profile reveals her previous roles before Love Island. She worked as a hospitality assistant at the Four Seasons and had stints at Waitrose, John Lewis, and Chloé as a retail assistant. Notably, she worked at Chloé for nine months in a fashion retail role before entering Love Island. In her self-description, Indiyah highlights her “great people skills,” “positive attitude,” and being an “asset” to any company she works for.
Prior to Love Island, Jay Young worked as an investment banker. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been with Aubrey Capital Management for the past three years. Before that, he served as a junior investment analyst at a different company in Edinburgh. Jay graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2017 with a first-class degree in Economics and Finance, earning the Economics Departmental Class Prize in his final year. With over 500 LinkedIn connections, Jay is undoubtedly adept at numbers, although his romantic pursuits in the villa did not yield the desired results.
Coco, whose real name is Chloe, has held various roles before her Love Island journey. Her LinkedIn profile mentions positions such as a social media assistant at Ciaté London, a beauty artist at Benefit Cosmetics, and a content marketing executive at an events company. Currently, she works as a freelance graphic designer, a role she took up during the pandemic. Coco’s educational background includes a degree from Ravensbourne, where she earned a 2:1 in Fashion Marketing.
Charlie Radnedge’s LinkedIn account hints at his privileged upbringing. He attended a school that costs just over £13,000 per term for boarders and studied Economics and Finance at Newcastle University, where he also played rugby. After university, Charlie pursued further education at Henley Business School and has been working in real estate acquisition and development. His LinkedIn connections include notable figures like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Mohamed El-Erian, the president of Queen’s College, Cambridge.
Ikenna’s LinkedIn profile validates his pre-Love Island role at AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company responsible for developing a COVID-19 vaccine. He worked at AstraZeneca as a remote primary care accounts professional. During his time at Nottingham University, Ikenna also worked at the Walgreens Boots Alliance as a customer service specialist. His LinkedIn profile describes him as a “young academic professional looking to excel in the Pharmaceuticals industry.”
Afia’s LinkedIn profile indicates that she worked as a healthcare assistant at Bluebird Care, a home care services company. The profile is relatively sparse, with only 11 connections. However, Afia follows Steven Bartlett on LinkedIn.
Summer’s LinkedIn profile reveals her professional background, which includes working as a compliance officer for the Acacium Group until April of this year. She also held roles as a sales assistant at JD Sports, New Look, and two betting shops. In her self-description, Summer describes herself as a “hardworking person who can easily follow instructions,” highlighting her sociability and confidence.
While the Love Island 2022 contestants entered the villa in pursuit of love, their LinkedIn profiles provide fascinating insights into their diverse professional backgrounds and interests. As they continue their journeys on the show, viewers may discover even more hidden facets of their lives and careers.