“I had two bodyguards with me, I had a hat on and my face covered.”
Since winning Love Island in 2019, Limerick’s Greg O’Shea has told fans about a secret detail from his time in the show.
The rugby player’s grandmother passed away while he was in the villa, and in a recent interview, he explained how he was able to leave the villa and travel in a lowkey way back to Ireland in order to attend the funeral.
He told the Sunday World that after he was taken aside and told what had happened, he felt “like a fool” to be sitting in Mallorca, while his family were by his grandmother’s side.
“The next day they flew me back to Ireland,” he said. “I had two bodyguards with me, I had a hat on and my face covered.”
He explained that he flew out to Ireland, and then quickly returned. He shared that his grandmother would have wanted him to continue with the opportunity.
“It was kind of the aged-old cliché,” he said. “Your nana wants you to go in and do your best, so just go back in and have a bit of fun.”
Greg entered the Love Island villa on Day 44, and he was coupled up with Amber Gill. In the grand finale, the pair finished ahead of Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury by garnering 48.82% of the public vote.
Amber and Greg subsequently called it quits five weeks after the show ended.
Last year, Greg explained that they tried to make it work, but distance and their own career plans made it difficult.
He told the Daily Mail: “We did the whole after the show thing, and then it got to us speaking to each other away from the cameras and she asked, ‘Are we going to be boyfriend and girlfriend? Are we going to be a proper couple?’
“I said to her, ‘Realistically, I don’t know how this is going to work. You’re in England and everyone wants a bit of you. You have your clothing lines, and I’m going back to Ireland and try to do the Olympics.'”