Love Island's Teddy turned DOWN six-figure fashion deal before becoming first reality star to sign with Jack Wills

LOVE Island star Teddy Soares turned down a six-figure fashion deal, it has been revealed.

Sources say the 26-year-old chose against signing with fast-fashion brands – despite the massive deals on the table.

He has since become the first reality star to sign with Jack Wills after being named as the face of its influencer edit.

A source told The Sun: "Since coming out of the villa, Teddy has been bombarded with opportunities and big money deals.

"But he's always wanted to stay true to himself and maintain the values he held before finding fame on Love Island.

"It didn't matter how much money was on offer if the brand wasn't the right fit."

In the three months since Love Island's finale, Teddy has been focused on filming for ITV's Strictly: The Full Monty.

He signed up to honour his "hero" dad who he lost to cancer when he was just 13.

Helping to raise awareness came at an emotional cost for Teddy however, as he admitted breaking down in tears moments before performing.

"On the day of the performance I cried just moments before going on," Teddy told The Sun at his Jack Wills edit launch at Nobu.

"They played a snippet to the audience there about the journey we have been through and I could hear it before we performed.

"When I heard my voice and the cast's experience, it was surreal – having not spoken about it ever before.

"And as weird as it sounds, I felt my dad was watching me.

"If one person watches the show and understands the journey I went on when I was 13 and everything I battled through with my family and relate and learn from it, I'll be really happy."

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Spearheaded by Diversity's Ashley Banjo, the two-part programme Strictly: The Real Full Monty shows celebs learn a dance routine to perform in front of a 3,000-strong crowd.

Teddy joins stars including EastEnders actress Laila Morse, ex-Strictly dancers James and Ola Jordan, Blue singer Duncan James, model Christine McGuiness, Olympian Colin Jackson, musical theatre and Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, TV presenter Martin Roberts and Love Island's Demi Jones.

Alongside filming for the ITV series, Teddy has launched his very own influencer edit with Jack Wills.

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Growing up working for Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch, Teddy says it's a dream come true to have hand-picked his own collection for Jack Wills which is on sale now.

The brand ambassador said: "To think I've been wearing Jack Wills since I was a teenager and now I've become the face of this edit.

"Every other brand I spoke about working with were more about fast-fashion. What I love about Jack Wills is that everything is to do with quality. You can wear it now and in years and years' time. It's a brand I'm proud to have my face against."

  • Use code TEDDY10 for 10 per cent off his Jack Wills edit.


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