Love Island’s Ikenna makes less than half his previous salary after quitting job for show

Former Love Island star Ikenna Ekwonna says he is now on half of the salary he was originally on before quitting his job to take part in the ITV2 dating show earlier this year.

The 23 year old only spent 15 days in the villa before departing and later stated that post-villa life wasn't necessarily a bed of roses.

Speaking to Channel 4 documentary makers on Life After Love Island, Ikenna, a pharmaceutical sales rep, opened up on what goes on behind the scenes on the programme.

The documentary revealed how Ikenna had been making between £3,000 and £4,000 in content production and advertising in the first three months after the show.

This equated to "less than half than what he was earning" in his previous position.

"You come out thinking, 'Oh, it’s Love Island. Everyone after Love Island is set,'" he told presenter Will Njobvu. "And coming out of it, you're like, 'Where is it?'"

Ikenna is still yet to receive a brand deal like many of his fellow contestants. He told Channel 4: "I have questioned is it me?…. Is it my face? Is it my skin?"

After his exit from the show, he was criticised by host Laura Whitmore after he described his spell in Casa Amor as a "holiday".

When asked if he would have done anything differently on the show in a bid to prolong his stay, he replied: "No, I think I would have done it exactly the way I done it."

Amber Beckford was voted out at the same time as Ikenna and described him as "chilled out". He agreed, saying: "Chilled out, relax and enjoy the holiday."

But Laura was having none of it and hit back: "Hold on, wait a minute. It's not a holiday. You're in there to find love, not for a holiday. Did you get the memo on what Love Island is about?"

Also featured in the documentary was Coco Lodge who admitted she hadn't reached anywhere near the number of followers she had anticipated on social media.

The 27 year old had estimated she would amass a total of two million fans on Instagram, however, her current following totals 182,000.

She said: "I came out with 30k followers, I just didn’t really understand, because I was like, 'why does everyone hate me?'

"You don’t go in there to find love. It’s a bonus if you do, but you go in there because you know what you can get after."


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