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"I had no idea." Christie found out her boyfriend Maurice was going on Love Island on Instagram.


We’re just one episode into Love Island Australia and the drama has well and truly begun.

This time around, however, it seems all the drama is taking place off the screen.

On last night’s premiere of the second season of the reality dating show, six men and five women entered the Fiji villa.

But one particular arrival to the villa left Australian YouTuber Christie Swadling feeling a little… confused.

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You see, when Love Island contestant Maurice Salib entered the villa last night, he introduced himself as having been single for six months.

Except… for the last six months, the Sydney business owner has been dating Christie Swadling.

Yep, awkward.

After Christie’s Instagram followers began questioning her about Maurice’s appearance on the show, the influencer shared a 17 minute video to her 110,000 YouTube subscribers titled, ‘My Boyfriend Dumped Me For A Dating Show’.

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In the video, Christie shared that she and Maurice were, in fact, in a relationship for six months – right up until they split two weeks ago.

But although the pair broke up recently, Christie had no idea that Maurice was set to appear on the show.

It wasn’t until Maurice changed his Instagram bio that Christie learned that her ex would be appearing on the reality show.

“We did break it off – but according to this guy, he’s been single for the last six months,” Christie said in her YouTube video.

“This must have been happening behind my back the whole time,” she added.

“I had no idea that he was going on the dating show.”

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Christie learned that Maurice was going on the reality show when he changed his Instagram bio.

Christie went on to explain that Maurice had told her that he was asked to appear in an advertisement for Love Island, but he didn't mention appearing on the show itself.

"When the ad was released, everyone was messaging me [about Maurice]," Christie said.

Just one week after the ad aired, Maurice broke up with Christie.

"It was completely out of the blue. His excuse was that he puts work first and he can't really prioritise me."


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Despite being shocked to discover Maurice on the show, Christie maintains that her ex is "not a bad person".

"I know his intentions were never to hurt me in the relationship, I knew that he put himself first and that he did want fame," she said.

"This guy loved fame, and I think as soon as he's had any chance to be able to have more fame, put himself out there, he's just taken it," she added.

"There definitely is a chance he was just thinking about himself and really wanted to go on the show."

On last night's episode of the reality show, Maurice paired up with fellow contestant Jessie Wynter.

The pair also shared the first kiss of the season.


On last year's season of Love Island, contestant Grant Crapp claimed to have been single for more than two years before appearing on the show.

In the end, Grant won the show alongside his then-girlfriend Tayla Damir, taking home $50,000 in prize money.

Just days later, however, it was revealed that Grant had a partner on the outside the entire time.

Over a year later, Grant is still with his partner Lucy.

Um, is anyone else feeling déjà vu?

Love Island Australia airs Monday to Friday on Channel Nine at 8.30pm.

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