This is what all the Love Island 2021 cast did for jobs, before they entered the villa
Hugo is a PE teacher at a £36,960 per year boarding school
When you watch Love Island for a while, you start to forget that the Islanders are actually normal people and haven’t actually been in the Mallorca villa forever. So yes, sometimes you do need a reminder that, despite being aesthetically phenomenal, the Love Island 2021 cast are all real life humans who before their big TV break worked ordinary jobs.
From glamour models to water engineers and PE teachers at swanky, expensive schools – this year’s Islanders are all over the 9-5 spectrum. Here’s a little insight into all the jobs of the Love Island 2021 cast and what they were all up to before they jetted off for a summer in the sun.
Shannon Singh works as a model, and said she started doing glamour modelling and Page Three aged 18. “I used to be a glamour model when I was 18/19. I loved those days,” she said. “I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, they were my glory days. Now I’m more on Instagram/ YouTube. I’ve done a bit of commercial modelling. I can DJ as well.”
In an interview, Shannon said her mum has always encouraged her career. “My mum told me I should do glamour and Page Three,” she said. “She took the topless photos of me and we sent them to a London agency and I got signed within 11 minutes. My dad drove me to London and I did the test shoot and was signed. And here we are.”
Shannon has modelled with brands such Savage x Fenty, Nasty Gal and PrettyLittleThing
Job: Waitress at Nando’s
Alongside her degree in Marketing, Liberty works as a cashier at Nando’s. She has worked there for nearly five years, having started the role in September 2016. She says that boys she has dated in the past often rinse her for a date with her discount.
Brad works as a labourer on a building site. In his Love Island intro he says he likes to do as little work, for as much money. Speaking about what his colleagues would say about him, he said: “They’d probably say – not lazy, as I’m energetic – I just try to get away with doing literally nothing.”
Job: Water Engineer
When Jake isn’t thinking about toes, he works as a water engineer, which to me and you is just a fancy way of saying he’s a plumber. His day to day work makes him responsible for the supply, management and maintenance of clean water and sewerage/waste water services and preventing flood damage. When asked about his job, he said he is a “jack of all trades”, adding: “I’m basically a handyman.”
Job: Financial Services Marketing Executive
Chloe Burrows is a Financial Services Marketing Executive, working in The City. She previously worked as a junior paraplanner and from the age of eight to 14, she played football for Oxford City!
She caused a bit of drama before the series began, saying that she is “partial to married men” at work. In an interview with ITV, Chloe said despite the stereotype, there aren’t a lot of fit guys in The City. She said: “You would really think there were fit men in The City but there really aren’t most of them are married or have girlfriends, I mean they’re off limits but they’re not really off limits.”
The clip also included her saying she is “partial to a married man” and admitting to “drunk calling” a man “most weekends” even though she’s aware he has a wife and children. Chloe has since denied any affair claims, and says the comment was taken out of context.
Job: VIP Events Host
Ok, Aaron’s job looks like an absolute vibe. He works as an luxury events host and, through his job, has worked at Royal weddings and met Eugenie and Beatrice over the summer. A video he posted on Instagram shows him working at the Brit Awards, and in front of him are Stormzy and Billie Eilish. At the end of the clip, Stormzy goes and shakes Aaron’s hand.
By the looks of it, he basically puts on fancy events for the rich and famous. Speaking of his work, Aaron said: “In my job you meet a lot of famous people… unless you’re Beyonce, I’m not really interested.”
Job: Estate Agent
26-year-old Faye is a lettings manager. She said: “I go out and do valuations, win business for the company and I’ll do the odd viewing and find tenants. My main role is the sales side of things. I absolutely love it! I’ve actually only taken a sabbatical from work because in my ideal world, I’d love to go back to work. I try to make it as Selling Sunset as possible. I’m definitely there in the mini dresses, boobs out, bum out, turning up and you can see the wives say to their husband, ‘You’re staying outside’. It’s so fun.”
She said that her dream would be own an estate agency or a charity shop in the future.
Job: Fashion Blogger
Outside of the villa, Kaz works as a fashion blogger and influencer. One of the main things that inevitably happens to ex-Islanders is they get millions of Instagram followers and countless brand deals and clothing lines. Kaz however, has already had a taste of that life. She has already worked with Primark and Boohoo and even released her very own clothing and lifestyle range with SkinnyDip. She’s very well known for her fashion videos, where she shares how she would style different outfits.
Job: PE Teacher
Before he entered the villa, Hugo was working as a PE teacher at Blundell’s School in Devon. The school is a fancy boarding school which costs £36,960 per year. Talking of his job with ITV, Hugo said: “I teach secondary school PE. Absolutely love my job. I love all my sports. It’s great to be able to pass on that enthusiasm to be physically active to the younger generation and hopefully they feel the same about me teaching them.”
However, a viral TikTok from two girls claiming to be his pupils says that Hugo lied to them about going to London, and abandoned them for Love Island. Awkward.
Job: Operations Lead for Department of Transport
Out of all the Love Island 2021 cast, Sharon Gaffka has arguably one of the most interesting jobs. Sharon currently works as a civil servant, as Operations Lead for Department of Transport. She has been a civil servant since she was 18, and has worked in lots of different departments. For the last year, Sharon has been working on the Brexit policy and did a stint during the Coronavirus pandemic in the Department of Health helping deliver testing kits and managing the operations. “It’s been an intense year”, she said.
Her former boss, ex Lord Chancellor David Gauke, wished her well on the show. In an interview on Sky News, he said: “I haven’t been watching. My focus has been very much on the football but I wish her well. I hope she does well in Love Island, whatever that might involve.” He said he’s never watched the show, but said “maybe I will tune in just to see how she’s getting on at some point.”
Job: Semi-pro footballer
There’s always a sporty one on Love Island, and this year they come in the form of Toby Aromolaran, who is a semi-pro footballer playing for Hashtag United. The team was set up in 2016 by football YouTuber Spencer Owen Carmichael-Brown and his brother. They set up the team in memory of their childhood friend to play charity games. They began filming the matches and their following quickly increased online, they gained over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Talking of his job, he said: “I’ve played football since I was about six, but it’s really come into a new light for the past year since I joined a team called Hashtag United. Playing with them has really made me fall in love with the game again.”
Now the real question is, who out of the Love Island 2021 cast will be returning to their day jobs when the show finishes? 👀
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