Love Island contestant Keanan Brand has returned to his day job as a professional rugby player. The 24-year-old, who played for Leigh Leopards in the Betfred Super League, shared footage of him back at work. Brand and Claudia Fogarty were both dumped from the Villa this month by Olivia Hawkins and Maxwell Samuda, who picked them to lose their place on the show and return to the UK with them. Brand had suggested he was missing the South African sunshine in the villa because of the Manchester weather.
Brand is not the only former Love Island contestant to return to work after being dumped from the show. In fact, many other former islanders have resumed their professional lives outside the show’s public spotlight. For example, Dr. Alex George, a former contestant from the 2018 series, has returned to work as a doctor on the NHS front line after his stint on the show. Similarly, 2020 contestants Ched Uzor and Mike Boateng both went back to their regular jobs as scaffolder and police officer, respectively.
Returning to work gives former Love Island contestants a chance to adjust to life after the show while pursuing their chosen careers. Many former contestants have used their newfound fame to boost their professional lives. For example, 2019 winner Amber Gill has since become a social media influencer, while runner-up Molly-Mae Hague has launched her own clothing line. However, for some contestants, returning to work has been crucial for their mental health and well-being, which can suffer from the pressures of being in the Villa and the public scrutiny that comes with appearing on the show.
Love Island, a British reality dating show, has become a cultural phenomenon since its launch in 2015. Contestants compete for romantic partners, with the winning couple decided by public vote. The show has become known for its drama-filled storylines and attractive cast, with contestants often gaining a significant following on social media. However, it has also faced criticism over its portrayal of relationships and the impact of its contestants’ sudden fame on their mental health. Despite this, it remains hugely popular and has been commissioned for another season in 2022.