Love Island winner Amber Gill has addressed persistent rumours of a romance with fellow Love Island contestant Ovie Soko by stressing that there is no male friend in her life who she has feelings for.
She spoke candidly on the first episode of Yahoo UK’s new podcast Reality Check, which she hosts alongside fellow contestants Anna Vakili and Yewande Biala.
Every episode the trio answer questions on a range of topics, and first up it’s love and relationships.
When Amber read out a listener question asking the girls how to navigate getting feelings for a friend, the 22-year-old beauty therapist felt the need to clarify things.
She said: “OK, so first of all, I didn’t pick this question because it means anything to me. The friendships that I have are definitely friendships. There’s no guy out there that I’m friends with that I like. If everyone knows who I’m talking about.”
Yewande then asked: “Are you sure? Are you sure?”
Amber replied: “I’m 100% sure. I’m 100% sure.”
Not stopping there, pal Yewande cheekily joked: “Are you sure-sure?”
She responded: “Oh my God, yes I’m sure! I wish I didn’t pick this question.”
Amber, from Gateshead, shared the £50,000 Love Island prize money this summer alongside Irish rugby player Greg O’Shea, 24, but the pair split less than two months later.
Basketballer Ovie Soko, 24, later separated from India Reynolds, who he coupled up with on the show.
Since Love Island aired in the summer Amber and Ovie, who struck up a brilliant friendship on the show, have been plagued by romance rumours.
Fans of the pair might be disappointed to hear their connection isn’t romantic, but the reality TV stars had plenty to say on matters of the heart and shared their own life experiences as ‘reality checks’ to listeners.
There was plenty of debate between Anna and Yewande on the best romantic strategy to take.
Anna said: “I’m old fashioned – I think the guy should chase you and be laying it on thick with you. Drop a few hints and see what he does. He needs to make the first move.”
Yewande interjected: “So how do you make him make the first move?”
Anna suggested: “Say...so do you like me?”
However Amber and Yewande exclaimed that was laying it on pretty thick.
The trio continued to chat, establishing that you should casually drop it into conversation in a light-hearted, flirtatious way - the advantage being that you have never admitted to actually liking the object of your affection.
Unrequited love is a universal experience, albeit a painful one.
The girls asked: “How do you go back to being friends when you’re heartbroken inside?”
Anna added: “Hearts heal, time heals. At least she knows where she stands, otherwise she’ll always be thinking what if, what if, what if.”
In the rest of the episode they also tackled what it's like to have a best friend that’s more attractive than you, the pressures facing guys to seem manly in relationships, and much more.
You can listen to the full first episode of Reality Check on Spotify and iTunes, or listen below, and follow the Reality Check Instagram for all the latest news and updates. A full video of the episode is available exclusively on Yahoo UK.