Love Island’s Paige Thorne and Adam Collard took their relationship to the next level on Thursday as they went exclusive with each other.
Earlier in the episode, the hunk was picked for a date with newcomer Nathalia Campos, with Paige left fretting in the villa that she couldn’t compare to the Brazilian bombshell.
But the paramedic was left delighted when he later declared that he was ‘100% closed off to other girls’, with the declaration coming shortly after her ex Jacques O’Neill said he’d wait for her.
Next level: Love Island’s Paige Thorne and Adam Collard took their relationship to the next level on Thursday as they went exclusive with each other
The romantic moment came after Nathalia chose Adam Collard for her date – despite earlier expressing interest in Davide.
While Adam was out of the villa, his partner Paige broke down in tears as she expressed to Gemma Owen her fears that he would leave her for Nathalia, noting that she – a paramedic from Swansea – couldn’t compete with the Brazilian bombshell.
Despite Nathalia giving it her best shot, Adam expressed that though he was open to get to know her, he was more interested in Paige.
uh oh: The declaration comes shortly after her ex Jacques O’Neill said he’d wait for her
Returning to the villa, the Newcastle native made his intentions clear to Paige, telling her: ‘I hate the word exclusive, but like I want to use it as well, ‘cause that’s the way I feel right now.’
Unable to contain her joy, Paige gushed: ‘Really?! Like serious now?’
To which her new beau replied: ‘I’m being deadly serious.’
The couple then sealed their new relationship status with a passionate kiss.
Competition? Earlier in the episode, the hunk was picked for a date with newcomer Nathalia Campos, with Paige left fretting in the villa that she couldn’t compare to the Brazilian bombshell
Just the two of us: But the paramedic was left delighted when he later declared that he was ‘100% closed off to other girls’
The moment comes a week after her ex Jacques O’Neill left the villa, with the rugby ace recently saying he’s willing to wait for Paige until she leaves the show, even turning down a reported £60,000 offer to appear on Celebs Go Dating.
The reality personality, 23, decided to remove himself from the show following the decline of his mental health – as he declared the show ‘was the worst decision of his life’, after returning to the UK this week.
Before he left Majorca last week – Jacques broke down in tears telling the paramedic he would wait on the outside for her and be there to collect her at the airport.
Just us: Returning to the villa, the Newcastle native made his intentions clear to Paige, telling her: ‘I hate the word exclusive, but like I want to use it as well, ‘cause that’s the way I feel right now’
Cute: The couple then sealed their new relationship status with a passionate kiss
However, the Welsh beauty has since struck up a romance with Geordie bombshell Adam.
Jacques has also since admitted he needs to ‘work on himself’ after being accused of using gaslighting tactics by viewers of the popular show.
A source has told The Sun that bosses at the E4 dating show think their experts Anna Williamson and Paul Brunson could prove really valuable guides for the pro athlete.
An insider told the publication: ‘It’s very early days and bookers for Celebs Go Dating have only really just got started.
Former flame: The moment comes a week after her ex Jacques O’Neill left the villa, with the rugby ace recently saying he’s willing to wait for Paige until she leaves the show
‘But an Islander always makes for a great signing and Jacques is a real stand-out, particularly because he’s already shown that he’s willing to put the work in and really change.
‘That’ll make him a really credible candidate for the agency’s help, never mind be someone that fans would tune in for.
‘But Jacques wants to wait for Paige so it may well be too late by the time she emerges.’
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Jacques decided to leave the series following the arrival of new bombshell Adam, 26, when the hunk set his sights on his partner Paige Thorne, 24.
The rugby player said he was worried he would ‘lose control’ and end up ‘getting physical’ in the villa, so made the decision to leave the show.
Speaking about Paige now hooking up with Adam, he told host Laura Whitmore on Aftersun: ‘She’s doing what she’s doing in there, that’s what I told her and I f***ed up in Casa I hold my hands up.’
Early bath: Jacques decided to leave the series following the arrival of Adam , 26, when the hunk set his sights on his partner Paige , 24
Exit: The rugby player said he was worried he would ‘lose control’ and end up ‘getting physical’ in the villa, so made the decision to leave the show (pictured at the Peter Street Kitchen bash on Thursday)
Gutted: Speaking about Paige now hooking up with Adam, he told host Laura Whitmore on Aftersun: ‘She’s doing what she’s doing in there, that’s what I told her and I f***ed up in Casa I hold my hands up’ (pictured with Scott Thomas)
It has also been claimed that Jacques was hoping Paige would leave the villa with him after his emotional exit.
His friend reportedly said that watching Paige stay in the villa and kiss Adam has been a ‘major blow’ for Jacques, who has said he will wait for the paramedic.
The pal told The Sun: ‘He’s told us he is besotted with Paige and there was a part of him that hoped she would realise that she missed him too and follow him out of the villa. But it’s clear she has moved on.’
Love Island continues Friday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.
Moving on: His friend reportedly said that watching Paige stay in the villa and kiss Adam Collard has been a ‘major blow’ for Jacques, who has said he will wait for the paramedic
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Deji Adeniyi
Occupation: Accounts Manager
Why Love Island and why now? ‘The reason why is that my sex life is amazing but my love life is awful. I am the master of failed talking stages. My love life isn’t going the right way so one night I decided to apply for Love Island and now I’m here!’
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Name: Josh Samuel Le Grove
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve always been single. If you’re going to find someone, it’ll be in a place where everyone is single and looking for the same thing.’
Name: Adam Collard
Occupation: Personal trainer
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a few feathers when I go in.’
Name: Nathalia Campos
Location: Brazil (lives in London)
Occupation: Operations manager and social media influencer
What can you bring to the villa? ‘I am going to bring the South American spice into the Villa, I can’t wait to get my flirting game on, the girls better watch out ‘
Name: Jamie Allen
What can you bring to the villa? ‘I shoot, I usually score, if I want something, I’ll go and get it.
‘I play football every single day and in terms of stepping on people’s toes we are all in there for the same reason so I wouldn’t have a problem upsetting a few people.’
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’
Name: Jacques O’Neill
Occupation: Rugby League Player
Who is their type on paper? ‘I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time.
‘I was saying to my mum the other day that I want a girl. And I’m now ready to settle down.’
Name: Danica Taylor
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am the type of girlfriend that I want to do so much with you – deep conversations, silly activities.
‘If you say let’s go canoeing all day even though I am quite a glam girl, I am down for it.’
Name: Summer Botwe
Occupation: Events decor business co-owner
What are you looking forward to in the Villa? I think that I’m just genuinely good vibes – very goofy, very silly. Everyone will be fun around me. I don’t really take things too seriously. I feel like I might end up bringing some drama because I do want to go full force with Dami…
Name: Coco Lodge
Occupation: Graphic designer/ ring girl/ shot girl
How would your friends/ family describe you? They’d probably describe me as a predator. I’m super flirty! I give off big energy and boys gravitate towards me and I’m always flirty.
Name: Billy Brown
Occupation: Roofing company director
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve had two girlfriends before, I was obviously going to try and find the lucky third one!’
Name: Lacey Edwards
What can you bring to the villa? ‘I am a sexy, single, show girl ready to turn some heads.
‘I’ve grown up at auditions with a thousand girls competing for five places and if you don’t want it and you’re not competitive, there’s no point showing up.’
Name: Reece Ford
What can you bring to the villa? ‘I feel like I am quite confident so I wouldn’t care about stepping on anyone’s toes that doesn’t really bother me.
‘I am going in there to find love so that’s all a part of it really.’