In a surprising turn of events, Love Island star Lucie Donlan has disclosed that she has been secretly dating Joe Garratt and that they never really split up. She called Joe her eye candy, despite publicly declaring her feelings for Tommy Fury. The Cornish surfer had said on the ITV2 dating show that she felt a romantic connection with the Mancunian boxer, after Joe was dumped from the villa. Speaking to The Sun at the TV Choice Awards, Lucie revealed her 'secret romance' with Joe, after they privately got to know each other after the show ended. Lucie insisted her relationship with Joe is "still going strong," and that they have been "telling everyone we were friends because we wanted to keep the pressure off."
She said their plan was to "get to know each other and didn't want everyone else knowing." Lucie admitted that they "got together seriously... and it shows that it's real." The pair have been spotted on numerous occasions together. Now that Lucie has gone public with their relationship, there is a chance they may become the most sought-after couples from this year's Love Island, after they chose each other in the first days of being in the villa.
Earlier Lucie confirmed that Belle Hassan and Anton Danyluk have really called it quits. Speculation had been rife that Belle and Anton had called time on their relationship already, after just five weeks. Neither of them confirmed the break up, but Lucie seemed to suggest that the couple is no more while attending the TV Choice Awards on Monday night. She revealed that Belle has been ‘quite down’ about splitting with Anton, while suggesting the exes found it ‘hard’ to maintain a long-term relationship. Lucie said, “Belle’s quite down about it, bless her. She really did like him.”