Love Islands Ekin-Su reveals who she thought would win the show: I thought they had it from the start

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has revealed that she thought Gemma Owen and Luca Bish would win Love Island 2022 for “obvious reasons”.

The Turkish actress from Essex, 27, and her boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti, also 27, triumphed in the dating series with 63.7% of the public vote, while Luca, 23, and Gemma, 19, came second with 14.5%, according to ITV.

Speaking on the Capital Radio Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Ekin-Su said that she is “still shocked” that she clinched the title with the Italian business owner.

When asked whether she thought they would win, the actress said: “If I’m honest, I didn’t even think about winning or who’s going to win. We were so involved in our relationship.

“I did have someone in my head that would perhaps win because of maybe obvious reasons.”

After a presenter suggested her pick was fishmonger Luca and the daughter of football star Michael Owen, Ekin-Su agreed.

“I thought because they had it from the start and they were cute together and I wanted them to win and they’re great,” she added.

Couples Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope, and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page also made it to the final, coming third and fourth respectively.

Ekin-Su, who entered as a bombshell early on in the ITV2 show, said that, despite saying she was not there to make “seasonal girlfriends” when she arrived, she is friends with all the finalist girls, plus others from throughout the series.

The popular winner will have much to celebrate on her upcoming birthday on 21 August, though she shared she will only be only be inviting “exclusive people” to her party.

Ekin-Su and Davide were pictured arriving at the Global Radio studios in London ahead of their appearance on the Capital Radio show.

The actress wore a white off-the-shoulder mini dress with ruffling detail and tan sandals, while hunk Davide wore a blue checked shirt with denim jeans and white trainers.

The eighth series of the Love Island attracted record viewer ratings and drew the attention of famous faces from across the world including pop star, Lizzo, who called contestant Indiyah, 23, the “baddest b**** in the villa”.

Ekin-Su revealed that Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp is among the other celebrities to reach out to her following the show.

Noah, 17, spoke about privately messaging the reality star after her time in the villa as he appeared on Instagram Live, and revealed that the pair later jumped on a video call together.


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