Love Island winner Greg O’Shea says pandemic ‘utterly destroyed’ his love life

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Love Island winner Greg O’Shea says pandemic ‘utterly destroyed’ his love life



HE might have received Love Island and might be representing Eire on the Tokyo Olympics, however Greg O’Shea admits that rugby and the pandemic have ruined his love life.

he dishy Limerickman received a legion of followers when he and Amber Gill received the final summer time sequence of Love Island two years in the past, beating favourites Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague to the £50,000 (€58,000) first prize.
Since then, Greg has completed his ultimate exams to turn out to be a solicitor and in current days he certified for the Olympics in Tokyo as a part of Eire’s rugby sevens staff.
However regardless of being linked with a few girls after his break up from Amber, Greg confesses that he is been single for effectively over a yr.
“In the intervening time, I am similar to lots of people,” he confides to the Sunday World. “The pandemic utterly destroyed my love life. There have been no dates, there was no seeing anybody, particularly as a result of I’m concerned with the IRFU sevens – we won’t be going out socialising with folks and having dates.
“Now the restrictions are beginning to raise. I’ll see what occurs and see if anybody will even speak to me and go on a date with me.”

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Greg says Covid scuppered any romance.

Greg says Covid scuppered any romance.

Greg (26) is at the moment residing in Dundrum and coaching together with his rugby team-mates on the Nationwide Sports activities Centre in Blanchardstown, however has plans for later within the yr.
“I’m truly desirous about, perhaps after the Olympics, shifting to the UK for a bit and see what is going on on over there,” he reveals. “So we’ll see what occurs, it is thrilling occasions.”

As the present king of Love Island, Greg was naturally curious to have a peek at this yr’s contributors.
“On the primary evening I used to be flicking over between the France/Switzerland match and Love Island and humorous sufficient once I noticed France go 3-1 up, I simply converted to Love Island after which I missed all of the penalties,” he smiles.
“It was nice to see it again after two years. It is nuts to assume the final time that present was on I used to be in there and introduced as winner. It was actually bizarre taking a look at it once more.

“To be sincere, none of them (the ladies) jumped out to me instantly, however when you’re taking a look at them over a TV display screen, it is completely different. Within the villa you spend 24 hours with them, you get to know them much more intimately.
“Perhaps over the following couple of weeks I would take a flowery to considered one of them, however in the meanwhile nobody stands out for me.
“What I assumed is admittedly cool is a brand new characteristic of this sequence… voice messages reasonably than simply textual content, that you could truly hear the bombshell, their voice. That provides a bit extra suspense and I assumed that was a extremely good characteristic.”
And he admits that he may have had a little bit of bromance with Brad McClelland.

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Brad McClelland (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Brad McClelland (Joel Anderson/ITV)

“He looks as if man, like a stunning lad,” he says. “Perhaps if I had been in there with them, I’d have turn out to be good mates with them, however I’ll by no means know.
“I am nonetheless good mates with Jordan Hames and Michael Griffiths and Chris Taylor from my yr.
“All people form of bonds as a result of you’re going by way of the identical course of to get into the villa, so that you form of bond over that and they’re nice lads.”
And naturally, he is smitten with Longford lass Maura Higgins.
“She is completely smashing it, she is the queen of Eire, she has simply utterly nailed it,” he raves.
“The beauty of Maura, which I at all times inform folks, she is precisely just like the individual you see.
“There is no such thing as a fakeness along with her, she is so humorous and such lady. I’m so pleased with her and the way effectively she has achieved.
“There was by no means something romantic between me and Maura.
“Funnily sufficient, I do not know if folks know this, the primary evening I went in there and I had the hideaway date with Amber, I used to be presupposed to have a second date immediately after with Maura however it by no means occurred as a result of me and Amber simply acquired on immediately.
“Me and Maura simply form of clicked over the entire Irish factor however there was by no means a romantic buzz between us.”
However Greg says he has no regrets.
“You be taught stuff from each section you might have in life and me and Amber nonetheless have a variety of respect for one another and we form of snicker about it now trying again, we may have dealt with the entire state of affairs higher.

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Greg and Amber Gill received the final summer time sequence of
Love Island in 2019

Greg and Amber Gill received the final summer time sequence of
Love Island in 2019

“However you get thrown into the deep finish and tens of millions of individuals taking a look at each step you’re taking. It is all previously now. It is two years in the past now and she or he is flying it.
“She is nailing it with all her model offers and her health web page and every little thing, so I want her one of the best.”
He admits he reached out to Amber after the unhappy demise of host Caroline Flack final yr.
“On the finish of the day we’re all folks and me and Amber shared a really distinctive expertise collectively, being the winners of the present. I knew how shut she was to Caroline, particularly after the entire incident with Michael occurred in Casa Amore,” he remembers.
“I knew she would take it a bit of bit more durable than all the opposite islanders, however I simply reached out to ensure if she was OK and she or he reciprocated asking if I used to be alright and we form of simply buried the hatchet and simply gave one another help and she or he is a good lady.
“Amber’s military form of attacked me once I determined to not transfer to the UK and be along with her, however I had different plans in thoughts and so they labored out. I’ll the Olympics, thank God, regardless that I took a variety of hate for 2 years.”
He provides: “In regular circumstances, when you take out the truth that it is Love Island and tens of millions of individuals watch it, it is like occurring holidays and assembly somebody and kicking off with them, however you then each return to your international locations and your work and your jobs, it is very onerous to remain in a relationship.

“Then you definately add tens of millions of viewers into it. I was utterly open and sincere with Amber.
“That is what occurred. Then her followers simply utterly turned on me and her administration launched an article saying I broke up with Amber over a textual content, the place it wasn’t true.
“There have been much more issues to it. We had Facetime and we had mentioned it. It is previous information now.”
He’s naturally unhappy about Caroline Flack’s demise and misses her presenting it.
“It was form of Caroline’s present,” he says. “It was so good seeing her coming by way of the doorways.
“It is so unhappy what occurred her. Even pondering again now, she’s not the one one which’s associated to the present that has form of struggled with psychological well being and abuse.
“I simply hope that individuals form of be taught from that and it will not occur once more, however it was very unhappy what occurred Caroline.”
However he is filled with reward for Wicklow lady Laura Whitmore as new the present’s host.
“She is simply one thing else,” he stated. “She has simply had a child; she is over there working away.
“She seems unimaginable. I really like that she’s Irish as effectively and she or he is working the present, and herself and Iain Stirling are superb.”
Requested what his splendid kind of lady is, he replies: “As I become older, it is much less about seems. I believe as you become older, you already know immediately if you are going to get on with somebody, so I actually like a lady that has a wholesome way of life.
“Like she cares about her health, cares about what she eats, may be very bold about her work.
“No matter her work is, I similar to a lady that basically strives for it and she or he’s not simply blissful to be snug and a lady who you possibly can simply get amusing with.
“Being an Irish fella you want a little bit of banter, you want a little bit of craic.”
Proper now, he is targeted on the rugby sevens, which includes seven gamers taking part in seven minutes every half. It is going to be the primary time Eire might be represented within the sport on the Olympics.
“We needed to construct our approach up and we acquired into the world sequence then and we’re representing our nation on the highest stage, so we’re actually pleased with the trouble,” he says.
“It is the head of sport. You go to any nook of the world and so they know what the Olympics is.”

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