Love Islands Haris knew Olivia before villa as connection explained

Love Island viewers were shocked to learn that Haris Namani knew of Olivia Hawkins before going on the popular ITV dating show.

Monday night’s Love Island premiere saw the first lot of contestants couple up, with Maya Jama proceeding over the show following Laura Whitmore’s exit last year.

During the first coupling up of the winter series, which this year is set in South Africa, boxer Haris Namani, 21, who was previously dubbed a player, was shocked when Olivia Hawkins entered the villa.

After introducing herself, Michelle Keegan’s former body double was set to take her pick of the lads, and as Maya informed her, “even the ones that are coupled up.”

“You’ve got lovely teeth,” Olivia told Haris, who flashed his pearly whites in response.

TikTok star Will Young and boxer Haris stepped forward to shoot their shot, with Haris then asking: “I hope you don’t mind me asking, are you a ring girl?”

After Olivia confirmed she is, Haris revealed that he recognised her from social media while casually dropping in that he’s a boxer.

“I think I’ve come across your social media,” Haris giggled, to which Maya questioned: “Have you been in her DMs, Haris?”

Despite the flirty banter, Olivia chose to couple up with PE teacher Kai Fagan who was already with Anna-May Robey, though even that soon changed when Kai ditched Olivia for Tanyel Revan.

Subsequently, Olivia was coupled up with Will, despite not initially picking him.

This won’t be Olivia’s first time on TV after previously appearing alongside Daniel Craig in 2021’s No Time To Die, which also featured Ana De Armas.

Speaking about her previous accolades, Olivia explained: “I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.

“I've been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.”

Olivia was also linked to EastEnders actor Max Bowden, who has portrayed Ben Mitchell on the BBC soap since 2019.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said that Olivia “clearly” fancies the actor, and they have been “keeping an eye on each other."

They explained: “Max and Olivia have been sharing exchanges and keeping an eye on how each other has been doing.

“She has been very impressed that Max showed such a keen interest in her and has been telling all her friends excitedly about it."


“She clearly fancies him. They’ve been growing closer. They follow each other on Instagram but he’s not the only famous face to be liking her photos.”

Olivia has also been romantically linked to former contestant Jack Fowler, who took part in season four of the show alongside Dani Dyer, Megan Barton Hanson, Laura Anderson and Adam Collard.

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