Love Island 2016: where are the couples now?

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  • Which of the Love Island couples from series two have broken up? Who is still in the limelight, and who has disappeared?

    Oh, Love Island 2016.

    It’s fair to say that our addiction with the show has been building and building with each year that has passed and it’s still going strong with Love Island 2018.

    We’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately and we’ve taken time to reflect on previous seasons. Love Island 2015 kicked things back off with a bang, making its return with a new format following a hiatus. We were drawn in by Hannah Elizabeth‘s sassy one-liners – and her incredible blow-dry – and, of course, became completely invested in the love life of winner Jessica Hayes.

    Then the 2016 series happened. And we’re not afraid to admit that we cancelled plans to stay home and catch up on the latest gossip from the villa. We developed some pretty strong feelings about the couples’ relationships; it’s fair to say that we’re still not over Terry Walsh’s treatment of Malin Andersson, or that epic comeback moment which saw her confront him.

    Now that was reality TV gold right there.

    We also still check in on the islanders every once in a while to see how they’re doing.

    With a new series looming, we’re taking the opportunity to look back at the 2016 line-up.

    Love Island 2016 winners Cara and Nathan

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    Coupling-up in the very first episode, these two stuck it out for the entire series. With his cheeky chappy ways and her straight-talking attitude, we sussed out pretty quickly that they were going to be one entertaining duo.

    They said the ‘L’ word and split the prize money.

    The best news? These two are STILL together – and they have even had an adorable baby boy called Freddie-George.

    They actually just got engaged as well and the story’s a trip, as Nathan swept Cara away to their old Love Island villa in Mallorca where – after a Love Island-themed scavenger hunt – he proposed to her.

    He said to OK! Magazine, ‘brought her back to where we met and took her on a little treasure hunt around the villa to different places which meant something to us. Finally, I blindfolded her, led her to the pool and got down on one knee.’

    Cara said the moment was super ‘romantic’ and added, ‘It’s where we met – we’ve come full circle.’

    Kady McDermott and Scott Thomas

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    One of our favourite moments from the 2016 series of Love Island had to be when Scott asked Kady to be his girlfriend through the art of towel arrangement. We mean, cuteness overload.

    After a lot of tantrums and make-or-break moments, the pair proved themselves to be one of the most relatable couples on the show and made it to the final. They made a good go of things outside of the villa, but sadly parted ways at the end of last year.

    Where is Terry Walsh now?

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    Oh, Tel.

    It’s safe to say that Terry was responsible for a lot of the most talked about moments of the series. OF COURSE, there was the on-screen dumping of Malin (who was watching from her sofa at home) and her epic comeback to confront him after he moved on with newcomer Emma Woodhams.

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    Nobody believed that Terry and Emma would make it, but after leaving the villa they made things offish and even moved in together.

    They did eventually call time on their relationship, and Emma has now welcomed a baby with her new boyfriend.

    Terry, on the other hand, seems to divide his time between the UK and Ibiza.

    Malin Andersson

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    It’s fair to say that Love Island 2016 was all about Malin.

    Of course, we know what went down between her and Terry, but since leaving the villa – for the second time – she’s launched her very own YouTube channel, cementing herself as a successful beauty blogger. She’s also dating a new man called Tom Kemp and after dating for four months, the couple announced they were expecting their first child.

    Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen

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    Now, we know that Alex hit a bit of a stumbling block when he spent the night with Zara Holland in the hideaway (yup, had you forgotten that?!). But following that, we watched ‘Liv and Alex grow closer and closer, and we really found ourselves caring about their romance.

    The pair are still going strong – and have become the first couple to get engaged from the 2016 show and moved in together in a dreamy Essex home last October. Congrats guys!

    Zara Holland

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    Oh, Miss GB.

    This LI lady came with a ready-made catchphrase, but was sadly stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after a night in the hideaway with Alex Bowen.

    We were all rooting for her in the villa, and since the show ended it seems that she has found love. The former contestant also owns her own clothing boutique and has since called Love Island a ‘posh prison’.

    Adam Maxted

    Poor Adam was pretty unlucky in love. He didn’t seem to find his match for the majority of the series, but then fell for Katie Salmon when she arrived at the last minute.

    The pair made it to fourth place, but seemed to go their separate ways not long after.

    Away from the show, Adam appears to have found romance with a new lady and is also working hard towards his goal of becoming a professional wrestler. In fact, he’s just been signed to a wrestling series called WOS (World of Sport) Wrestling and now goes by the wrestler name Flex. The series is also calling him ‘the most handsome man in wrestling’ – thoughts, anybody?

    Rykard Jenkins and Rachel Fenton

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    Ry made hearts MELT when he decided to walk away from the show to be with nurse Rachel.

    There was a slight hiccup when Caroline Flack had to tell Rach that he’d spent the night with Olivia earlier on, but they’ve forgiven and forgotten since then.

    The couple seemed to be going from strength-to-strength after returning to the UK, but eventually confirmed their split in December last year. While it was rumoured initially that cheating had happened on both ends, it’s never been totally cleared up and we doubt it ever will be…

    Daniel Lukakis

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    Despite constantly telling people he wanted to ‘get to know’ them, Dan didn’t have much luck on the ITV2 show.

    He still keeps in touch with some of the Love Island lads – he’s been spotted out with Nathan and Rykard – and he co-owns a clothing brand. He’s also found love with Jessica McDonald Woods, a stylist and DJ, who he’s been dating for over a year now.

    Sophie Gradon and Thomas Powell

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    Sophie had quite an emotional time in the villa. She coupled-up with Tom Powell from early, but the couple weren’t without their problems. After he was voted out of the show, Soph stayed and ended up coupling-up with new islander Katie. But she then decided that it was Tom she wanted, walking out on the series to be with him.

    Despite giving things a good go in the real world, the Love Island couple eventually called time on their relationship. Thomas has since been keeping up his gym bod’ and owns his own clothing brand Destruct.

    Sadly, Sophie Gradon passed away earlier this year aged 32. While her cause of death is still unknown, the police stated that there are not believed to be any ‘suspicious circumstances’. Her long-term boyfriend Aaron Armstrong passed away shortly after, five days after her funeral.

    What happened to Malia from Love Island?

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    You might have a hard time remembering this islander, as she only stayed in the villa for one day.

    After she stole Scott Thomas for a date (brave move, miss), she and Kady got into a bit of an altercation.

    Kady accidentally spilt drink on her shoe, and things got very sweary, very quickly, before newcomer Malia was asked to leave.

    The feud doesn’t seem to have ended either, as neither seem able to let sleeping dogs lie. After fans of the series asked both about their spat, things kicked off after Kady tweeted to a fan, ‘[Malia] was the lovely girl that hit me on love island after only being in the villa for 9 minutes. She’s still upset she didn’t last a full day. I’ll let her have her moment I’d be upset too x’

    Malia then responded, ‘oi u dumb little bitch do not sit there & try to cuss me out on your instastory you low life. You don’t know me & I hope u never bump into me again, u already snaked me once. U desperate little beg, ur neighbour even emailed me coz they hate you, giving me ur address’.

    Malia then shared screenshots of emails from Kady’s neighbours, which were then deleted as she had shared private information – including Kady’s address. After that, Kady said she was forced to call the police and told MailOnline, ‘After Malia’s threats on Twitter last night Kady has contacted the police and raised a complaint on both Malia and her neighbour. It is unsure to Kady what Malia plans to do with her home address however as a young 22-year-old who lives alone this can be a concerning issue.’

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