Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu and Davide Sanclimenti have won ‘Love Island’ 2022 – and will split the £50,000 prize money under a new show rule.
The pair beat Gemma and Luca who finished second place as show bosses announced the “split or steal” choice that came with the jackpot was being ditched.
In previous years, winners picked an envelope either containing the prize or nothing, with one then deciding whether to share or keep the whole £50,000
Ekin-Su and Davide were fan and bookies’ favourites going into Monday night’s final (01.08.22)
The Turkish actress jumped into businessman Davide’s arms and he said he “couldn’t believe it”.
Ekin-Su had reportedly told a friend how she would be “tempted” to steal the whole prize pot if her connection wasn’t genuine.
Asked what Ekin thought she would do if she won she is said to have written in a text: ‘It’s a game show at the end of the day, it’s business. If it’s not genuine I’d be tempted.
‘But I’m at the right age to find the right guy. I know what I’m looking for. I want to find The One.’
Ekin-Su said of making the final two on this year’s Love Island: "It feels so surreal finding the man of your dreams and just growing."
Speaking about what she liked most about Davide, she added: "Apart from the perfect body, I would definitely say there was an instant spark and a genuine butterfly feeling."
She also summed up their relationship as "absolutely bonkers", while Davide said he “couldn’t believe it”.
Gemma admitted she and Luca are "stubborn as hell" and added: "We both bicker like mad."
Monday night’s finale saw the four remaining couples glam up for the show’s annual summer ball.
Along with Ekin-Su and Davide, both 27, the last remaining Islanders were Luca Bish, 24, and Gemma Owen, 19, Dami Hope, 26, and Indiyah Polack, 23, and finally Tasha Ghouri, 24, and Andrew Le Page, 27.
Tasha and Andrew were first to be booted out in fourth place, followed by Dami and Indiyah.
Host Laura Whitmore said Tasha and Andrew’s love was “so obvious”, and Dami told the presenter “all roads led to Indiyah” when he sat with Indiyah for their exit chat.
Ekin-Su could reportedly now make £16,000 an episode as a soap star on Turkish TV after she appeared on TV drama ‘Kuzey Yildizi’.
Davide runs a shisha business providing "only the finest" electronic hookah products to restaurants and nightclubs.
The company, S Deluxe Shisha, is run from his Manchester base.
He said before going into the villa: "I’m good looking and I’ve realised since I first arrived in Manchester, a lot of English girls actually love me."
This year’s show controversies included Billy slamming Luca and Dami for "bullying" Tasha, and his co-star Josh insisting producers should have stopped it.
Ofcom was bombarded with complaints over alleged misogynistic behaviour on ‘Movie Night’ and a game of ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ in which Tasha was targeted.
Ahead of the summer ball, the Islanders prepared with a “hot Latin dance” lesson.
Andrew said: “Good that Tasha’s next to me because I cannot move to save my life.”
Ekin-Su enthused about her and Davide: “Be the best, why not?”