What it’s really like living in the Love Island villa, according to Eyal Booker

Former Love Island contestant (and chairman of the ‘Do Bits Society’) Eyal Booker was kicked out of the Mallorcan villa when his coupling with the pneumatic glamazon Megan fell to pieces and a shock eviction saw him pack his bags.

Fresh from the Island, here he spills the secrets about this summer’s biggest TV show, and tells us how we can copy his dreamy curls…

 

THEY DO ACTUALLY EAT

‘We ate a lot of cheese toasties – that is not a lie. Dani made a world-class cheese toastie. I’m missing those – she really had the magic touch. She made those toasties with love.’

TALKING ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ALL THE TIME IS TRICKY…

‘On a typical day we were just chilling in the villa, talking about emotions a lot, how we felt about each other, where we saw our relationships moving forward. Sometimes that was difficult because it had only been a day or two, but that was part of the test itself.  We were all going through the day together. And some days were better than others for everyone.’

…BUT THEY DID TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS TOO

‘There’s a lot of stuff we spoke about that viewers didn’t see. We all have a lot of life experiences from different walks of life, so there were lots of topical conversations going on too.’

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS

‘We didn’t have a clock in there – we didn’t know what time it was, ever. And the light that woke us up was extremely bright, which is why everyone would wear sunglasses in the morning.’

THERE’S A REALLY GOOD TIME TO NAP

‘I’d always go for my evening nap while the girls got ready. It could’ve taken an hour or two, but to be honest, we didn’t have any concept of time so I still have no idea. I ended up dreaming about being in the villa too – sometimes I’d dream about my family meeting people in there, or I dreamt about really bad situations going on in the villa. There was nothing else to activate your mind!’

THEY DIDN’T SEE THE PRODUCERS *THAT OFTEN*

‘We’d only see them at lunch or dinner, when they’d bring food in, or when we were doing challenges.’

A LOT OF EFFORT IS PUT INTO DATES

‘My date with Megan wasn’t just set up at the back of the villa – it was about a half an hour drive away. A nice little date in a vineyard, and we did drink some wine as well.’

YES, THEY GOT SENT CLOTHES

‘We did have a clothes drop, (Missguided partnered with the TV show this year) but it was kind of random. A lot of the time the guys would just share, so you might’ve noticed a few of us wearing the same jacket. We were just rotating things. We all became a big family in there so we were literally wearing each other’s’ underwear and socks. And we had our washing done once a week…

AND *THAT* HAIR CARE TIP

The secret to getting those curls so perfect? It’s simple. ‘I just use a pink tub of curl cream from Boots (possibly Lee Stafford Control Crème?). When I get out of the shower, I rub it in there and then just shake my head around a bit. Then the curls appear!’

Love Island airs on ITV2 every night at 9pm