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Breakups, influencers and one lasting couple: Where the cast of Love Island Australia 2018 are now.

Ah, Love Island Australia. Last year we were gifted a series of scandals, swimsuits and uhh… secret girlfriends, and we’re about to do it all again.

(Though hopefully Nine’s audition process weeded out anyone whose not single this time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Love Island Australia 2019 is premiering on Monday, October 7, and this year marks the second season of the trashy but addictive reality TV show based on the successful UK format hosted by Sophie Monk.

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But before we sink our teeth into a new season, let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how the cast of Love Island Australia 2018 are doing more than a year on.

Tayla Damir.

 

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Tayla Damir won the first season of Love Island Australia with Grant Crapp, but their relationship lasted less than three weeks after arriving back in Australia because it turned out Grant had a girlfriend the entire time he was on the show.

Oh.

Obviously, they broke up. Then a few months later she began dating fellow cast member Dom Thomas, who was originally partnered up with Shelby Mills.

Tayla and Dom split in June. Since then Tayla’s been living her best life travelling, and even hosting an episode of Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast The Spill.

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Grant Crapp.

 

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Just weeks after reading out texts begging to get back with his ex Tayla, Love Island Australia season one winner Grant Crapp and his ‘secret girlfriend’ Lucy Cartwright appeared on a magazine cover announcing their relationship.

Speaking to 9FIX after all the drama went down, Tayla said that Grant was on the show to “promote himself” and his girlfriend was “running his business” while Grant was inside the villa.

But according to Lucy, despite being friends for a long time, she wasn’t with Grant when he entered the Love Island villa.

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“Obviously I was going into the villa with an open heart and looking for love,” Grant told NW Magazine.

“But then, I’ve come out, me and Tayla are finished and I’m back with Lucy.”

Regardless of the timeline, Grant and Lucy – who are both online personal trainers according to Instagram – have gone the distance and have recently purchased two homes together.

 

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Grant also created his own clothing line, Royal Apparel, which he (of course) models himself.

Erin Barnett.

 

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Erin Barnett and Eden Dally placed second in the 2018 season of Love Island Australia but split after three months together.

In recent months, Erin has documented her health struggles with anxiety, PCOS and endometriosis online – including revealing that she has had four surgeries this year because of cysts on her ovaries.

“Just because you can’t see my insides & how bad I have PCOS & endometriosis doesn’t mean my pain can’t be validated. It’s so hard for people to understand just how painful PCOS & endometriosis is,” she shared on Instagram.

“I’m bed bound a lot of the time, I randomly have clots come out of me during the day. No warning – no nothing. My body is like ‘pssst, I have a present for you lel’.”

The 24-year-old has been dating 43-year-old Mick Russell since late last year.

 

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She said that dating Mick, a single father, was a blessing because she is unable to have children.

“I am so lucky to be with a man who treats me with respect and makes me truly happy every single day,” she wrote. “It’s also a blessing he was kids – as I can not have kids, ever, due to my medical issues.”

In June Erin announced she and Mick had moved in together.

“This is the kind of relationship I always dreamed about but never thought I’d have. He treats me with respect everyday, he makes me laugh everyday, he helps me through my ups and downs everyday, but most importantly… He makes me happy EVERYDAY!! I could write an entire book on how he makes the best boyfriend,” she said.

Eden Dally.

 

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After leaving Love Island and breaking up with Erin, Eden Dally won pageant Mr World Australia.

These days, the first season’s runner up is one half of the craziest reality TV crossover couple we can think of: He is expecting a child with Married At First Sight‘s Cyrell Paule.

In August, Cyrell announced she was 12 weeks pregnant with her first child with her then-boyfriend of five months.

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The 30-year-old, who became known as ‘Cyclone Cyrell’ on MAFS, said “it was not planned” but that they “can’t wait to raise a child together”.

 

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Cyrell explained to the publication she shared the pregnancy with Eden, 26, via text message, who was initially surprised at the news but says he always supported his girlfriend.

On Instagram, Eden said he was “nervous and excited at the same time” about the pregnancy.

“We can’t wait for this next chapter of our life and to meet our little one. As for trolls I’m use [sic] to it and I don’t care what you call me or Cyrell but don’t insult our unborn child.”

Amelia Plummer and Josh Moss.

 

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Look, you’d be forgiven for thinking reality TV is not a good way to find love. It’s track record does seem… iffy, but Josh Moss and Amelia Plummer are the exception.

Josh and Amelia are the only contestants to still be in a relationship with the person they left with.

They regularly share sweet Instagram posts about each other, but they’re also realistic:

“I get so many messages about how perfect our relationship is etc etc,” Amelia wrote in an Instagram post. “It freaks me out to think that maybe I’m painting a false reality and setting unrealistic expectations of how relationships should be?! I’m just writing this as a little reminder that relationships ARE HARDDDD WORK… I share all of the amazing parts of our relationship so publicly so I felt the need to just mention this too. It’s been such an amazing year growing with this boy and learning how to share my life with someone else.”

 

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Besides super adorable Instagram photos, both Josh and Amelia have used their reality TV fame to kick start their own ventures.

Josh hosts a podcast with fellow Love Islander and best mate Dom Thomas, and Amelia just released a vegan e-book.

Justin Lacko.

 

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After leaving Love Island Justin Lacko bagged himself another reality TV appearance, this time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Following his stint in the South African jungle, Justin said he had applied for The Bachelor… But he ended up not needing a third reality show as he went public with his girlfriend Anita-Barone Scott in May.

He’s also an ambassador for The Kids Foundation and yes, still a very attractive international model.

Edyn Mackney.

 

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Edyn Mackney, a.k.a ‘Mac’, has been posting semi-regular vlogs for the 75,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel since leaving Love Island. Videos include ‘how I got on Love Island’ and ‘answering your assumptions about me’, plus a few appearances from her boyfriend Apollo Jackson.

If that name is familiar to you, it’s because Apollo too has had a few reality TV appearances, as a bachelor on Sophie Monk’s season of The Bachelorette and again on Bachelor In Paradise.

 

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Edyn uses her Instagram to share her passion for veganism and bikini pics, and the certified lash technician recently started her own lash extension business Beauty By Edyn.

Millie Fuller.

 

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When Millie Fuller paired up with Mark O’Dare on Love Island, the two left the villa together. After about nine months together, they announced their breakup in April this year and a month later unfollowed each other on Instagram and deleted previous loved-up posts.

Millie wrote at the time that they were “both going in different directions” and it was a mutual decision to end their relationship.

“Mark and I have had such an amazing time together and we will forever cherish our special moments, unfortunately at this point in time we have decided we are both going in different directions and have to part ways,” she said.

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From Instagram, it looks like Millie gained custody of their dog Bee, who appears in regular posts.

 

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Millie’s profile has also scored her some pretty sweet endorsement deals for skincare, makeup, health and fashion brands.

Cassidy McGill.

 

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Cassidy McGill was the first to get with eventual winner Grant Crapp on Love Island, before he began a relationship with Tayla Damir. She continued to be unlucky-in-love on the show, and left on her own.

After leaving, Cassidy became a full-time influencer and has been open about how she finds it “hard work”.

In a video on Instagram, Cassidy said she wanted to “defend this stigma around having social media as a job”.

“Everyone thinks that we get paid a shitload to do f*ck all, and it’s really easy – it’s not easy, this job basically never stops and there’s a lot of pressure… I just want to give myself a pat on the back and my fellow influencers a pat on the back – it’s a damn hard job.”

 

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If I had to choose between you and bread I’d choose you every time. And that says a lot. Because I really like bread. ????

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A few weeks ago Cassidy shared a snap of her new mystery boyfriend on Instagram, saying she would choose him over bread, “And that says a lot. Because I really like bread” (we feel that in our soul).

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