Love Island stars speak out on life after ITV2 show in new Channel 4 documentary

Half of Love Island stars return to their old jobs in some form after leaving the show, a new Channel 4 documentary has revealed.

Untold: Life After Love Island examines what happened to the 259 former contestants after the cameras stopped filming.

Coco Lodge, Wes Nelson, Ikenna Ekwonna and Paige Turley and many more stars reveal what life is really like after leaving the villa.

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From the big winners to those still struggling to make it, the programme reveals how a network of agents, brands, paparazzi and the public helps dictate who finds fame and fortune.

Season eight islander Coco Lodge reveals to presenter Will Njobvu that she has yet to receive any money in the six weeks after leaving the villa as it takes a while for her brand deal payments to come through.

She admits she was hoping for more followers on Instagram after leaving the villa and was disappointed when producers handed her phone back.

Coco says: "The perfect scenario would have been like a million followers or two million followers, but I came out to like 30k followers."

When asked how she felt on seeing these Instagram numbers, she adds: "I just didn’t really understand. I was like, 'Why does everyone hate me?'

Coco and Will go to a nightclub in Windsor, where the former Islander returns to her former job as a shot girl.

Winter Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finley Tapp both admit they did not enter the villa to find love, they did it for the opportunities that being on a high-profile reality show can bring.

Will also meets a celebrity press photographer Aaron Parfitt, who admits to fully funding reality stars’ holidays so that he can set up and sell paparazzi shots to papers, with some of them earning him thousands per picture.

Aaron tells host Will: "[I set up pictures] all the time. 90 per cent I’d say is set up."

The film shines a light on how the expectation of a successful life as an influencer is not always reflected by the reality after leaving the Love Island villa and how it can take a toll mentally on those who do make it.

Celebrity agent Matt Nicholls says: "For every winner we read about, there are 10, maybe 20, that haven’t made it [and] are more likely to go back to their old life."

Wes Nelson also reveals he returned money from brand deals as an influencer after Love Island because the lifestyle was "making him depressed".

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‘He says: "I’m terrible with social media. I tried [influencing] at the start. I had a couple deals and they were quite affluent and obviously you look at it and you think okay that’s a lot of money.

"So I tried it and then I was just falling miles behind on posts because I wasn’t posting on time.

"There’s a lot of big contracts that I just gave all the money back and just said I’m not doing them anymore."

Untold: Life After Love Island airs on Channel 4 soon

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