Exclusive: Love Island's Olivia reveals unseen Shaq bond

Love Island star Olivia Hawkins has opened up about her time in the villa and some of the moments that viewers didn’t see.

The reality star was recently booted off the ITV2 show, alongside her partner Maxwell Samuda, following a public vote.

Chatting exclusively with Digital Spy, Olivia revealed she had a close bond with fellow islander Shaq Muhammad that went unseen.

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Detailing some of her favourite moments that didn’t make it to air, Olivia confessed she was disappointed her friendship with Shaq wasn’t feature as a storyline on the show.

"My friendship with Shaq – I think it was a shame that no one saw," she said. "You know, he was my best boy mate in there. We had so many funny times."

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However, Shaq isn’t the only islander Olivia says she grew close too as she also praised her connection with Lana Jenkins and revealed they had many "funny moments" that weren’t seen on air.

"Also, my friendship with Sanam [Harrinanan] and a lot of the girls," she said, reflecting on other scenes she wished were shown on the show. "We were very close in there. So, I think that’s a shame but it’s fine.

"I think also, you know, my sensitive side and my kind side. I don’t think viewers saw that as much as maybe I’d liked them to have, but I guess now’s the chance to show them."

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With this year’s Love Island finale on the horizon, there’s now only five couples remaining in the villa.

On Monday, March 13, fans will finally find out which couple will be crowned the winners and take home the £50,000 prize money.

Love Island airs nightly on ITV2, and is available via catch up on ITVX and BritBox.

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