The cynics out there may believe people really go on Love Island to boost their profile rather than find romance, but if the last six series have proved anything, it’s that true love can occasionally be found under the bright lights of the villa.
Admittedly, the majority of couples have called it quits following their time on the ITV2 reality show, but there are a handful Islanders who have continued to make it work long after the sun set on their time on the Island...
Cara De La Hoyde & Nathan Massey (series 2)
After coupling up on the first day of series two, Cara and Nathan not only won each other’s hearts, but also those of the entire nation, as they went on to win the show together.
Their romance continued after the series finished, but after a year of dating, they announced they had split.
Just a few weeks later, the pair revealed they were actually expecting a baby together, and their romance was back on by the time their son, Freddie, was born in December 2017.
Seven months later, the couple announced their engagement, after Nathan took Cara back to the original Love Island villa to propose.
They eventually tied the knot in July 2019 in a ceremony attended by many of their former Love Island co-stars, and welcomed their second child, a baby girl called Delilah, in July 2020.
Alex Bowen & Olivia Buckland (series 2)
Unlike their fellow series two contestants Cara and Nathan, Olivia and Alex did not immediately couple up on Love Island – who could forget his dalliance with Zara Holland that famously cost her the title of Miss Great Britain?
After eventually falling for one another, Olivia and Alex went on to finish runners-up and have been together ever since.
The pair announced their engagement in December 2016 – less than six months after meeting on the show.
However, they didn’t rush into marriage, and only tied the knot in September 2018, in a lavish ceremony attended by a host of celebrity pals.
They later moved into a sprawling country mansion and are documenting their renovations on a special Instagram account (where else?).
Camilla Thurlow & Jamie Jewitt (series 3)
The path of true love really did not run smoothly for Camilla during the 2017 series. Having been messed around by Johnny Mitchell – as well as fending off the advances of Craig – the former bomb disposal expert finally found the one when hunky model Jamie rocked up on the Island.
After a series of cute dates and some gentle flirting, the pair surprised everyone when they got intimate in the villa, but they remained realistic about their chances of being able to continue their relationship in the outside world, and refused to put a label on their romance.
However, three years after they first coupled up, Camilla and Jamie are still going strong, and welcomed their first child, a daughter called Nell, in October 2020.
Jamie proposed to Camilla in February 2021, enlisting baby Nell to help him pop the question, and they are planning to get married later this year.
Jessica Shears & Dom Lever (series 3)
Jess and Dom may have had their doubters after leaving the villa – especially when they got engaged after only three months – but they’ve defied expectations by going the distance.
After they staged a fake wedding on Good Morning Britain, the pair got married for real in October 2018 with the pictures being published as part of a magazine deal.
They welcomed the second Love Island baby in September 2019, when Jess gave birth to their son.
Jess and Dom have chosen not reveal their child’s name, but do post the occasional picture of him on their Instagram accounts.
Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague (series 5)
Tommy and Molly-Mae may have lost out to Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea in the final, but they are now officially the only couple from 2019 that are still together.
What’s more, they’ve undoubtedly gone on to become one of the most popular Love Island couples ever.
The pair coupled up early into the fifth series and cemented themselves as favourites among fans when Tommy stayed loyal to her during the Casa Amor twist, leading to one of the sweetest recoupling moments ever – and they’ve been going strong ever since.
They quickly moved in with each other after the series finished, and are now enjoying a very Instagram-friendly lifestyle, with many modelling contracts and endorsement deals between the two of them.
Tommy is also continuing with his boxing career, which he began prior to entering the Love Island villa.
Paige Turley & Finn Tapp (series 6)
The series six winners have not had as much of a chance to exploit commercial opportunities as other champions, given that the nation was put on lockdown just a month after their win.
However, Paige and Finn are still going strong and quarantined together at the start of the first lockdown only weeks after the Love Island final, with Finn racing to be with Paige in Scotland just hours before movement was restricted.
They have since moved in together, both relocating from their hometowns to Manchester.
During a recent interview with Digital Spy, Paige admitted it will be nice to start dating properly now that lockdown restrictions are starting to ease.
“We’re starting a relationship back-to-front,” Paige explained. “We’ve had a year of being in pyjamas and being in loungewear sets. From now, it’s like going out on first dates again.”
Siannise Fudge & Luke Trotman (series 6)
While they entered the series six final as the bookies’ favourites to win, viewers had other ideas, and it was Paige and Finn who eventually finished in first place – although it was the closest-run final in Love Island history.
But Siannise and Luke have gone from strength to strength since leaving the villa back in February 2020, and admitted they’d only spent “an hour” apart in the first few months of their relationship.
After hitting it off with each other’s families, the couple spent the first part of lockdown at Luke’s family home in Luton, where they earned the title of king and queen of TikTok with their amazing videos on the social media site.
They’ve since moved into a swanky London apartment together, which is also home to their adorable dog called Nala.
The couple have launched their own YouTube channel, while Luke has also finished his university degree since leaving the villa.
Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico (series 6)
Prior to Eva’s arrival, Nas had been coupled up with Demi after being friend-zoned by Siannise and Jess.
While many people both in and out of the villa expected something to come of his and Demi’s pairing, things changed when he headed off to Casa Amor and hit it off with Eva.
They recoupled with each other and returned to the main villa, but sadly it wasn’t too long before they were voted off the show.
Despite being in the early days of getting to know each other when they left the villa, the pair forged a romance on the outside world and have been together ever since.
Molly Smith & Callum Jones (series 6)
Callum and Molly’s relationship was undoubtedly the most controversial of series six, after he pied off Shaughna in the Casa Amor recoupling to be with Molly.
While we’re still recovering from Shaughna’s “Congrats, hun” burn, the two have been going steady ever since.
Callum spent most of the first lockdown living with Molly and her family, and later moved into their own home together in Manchester.
In November, they also cemented their relationship when Molly gifted Callum a puppy as an early Christmas present.