Who is Priya Gopaldas? Meet the Love Island 2021 bombshell
Medical student Priya Gopaldas is mixing things up on Love Island - here's everything you need to know about her.
New islander Priya Gopaldas became the latest bombshell to enter the Love Island earlier this week and while she's only been on the show a few days, the medical student has already found herself stuck in a love triangle.
In last night's re-coupling, the 23-year-old had to choose between new boy Brett Staniland and Casa Amor import Matthew MacNabb and while Matt thought he was definitely safe, Priya chose Brett after enjoying a date with him earlier on in the night.
Here's everything you need to know about Priya Gopaldas.
Priya Gopaldas - Key Facts
Job: Medical Student
Where did Priya Gopaldas go to school?
Priya Gopaldas currently studies medicine at University College London near Euston and had been working part-time as a student nurse at the University College London Hospitals earlier this year, according to her LinkedIn.
Prior to university, Priya went to North London Collegiate School – an independent school in Edgware previously attended by the likes of Rachel Weisz, Anna Wintour and Esther Rantzen.
Why did Priya sign up for Love Island?
Priya was up for a challenge, saying in an interview ahead of her villa debut: "I thought it was a challenge, it’s something different. I’m single and I’m looking for love and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to take me out of my comfort zone. I’m nearing the end of medical school so I’ve got my career on track, but now I just need a man!"
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What does Priya do for work?
Priya is currently studying to become a doctor.
Speaking of her career, she revealed: "I’ve been studying for five years now. It’s six years until I qualify as a doctor and the goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon - that is muscles and bones. There aren’t enough women in that area of surgery. I feel like I’d like to go head first into that area and be a representative for women who think orthopedic surgery is male dominated. More women need to be exposed to it and realise they can do it."
She continued: "I feel like this year in particular has been so intense because of Covid. Our studies were interrupted midway and we were all told if we wanted to we could help out during the pandemic so I was working in ICU for the whole of February. You would come back after every shift exhausted so there definitely wasn’t any time for dating or relationships.
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"The NHS has been really tough in the ICU with the long hours, but I find it so rewarding and it’s made me really resilient. Being here is good for me because it’s something absolutely different to my job."
Who has Priya got her eye on in the villa?
There's three guys on Priya's radar - Matthew, Teddy and Dale.
When asked who she fancies the most, she said: "I think Matthew is my type. He’s tall and I like his Irish accent. He seems really intelligent and I think we’ll get on. Also Teddy seems really cheeky and a good laugh and Dale is spicy and attractive! "
Matthew is very single after he simply told Kaz: "We're done!" and Teddy was recently been dumped by Faye following the movie night clip of him admitting he found former contestant Clarisse attractive. Dale is coupled up with Abigail, but has been chatting to Mary, so Priya might have to graft a little there.
So is she competitive?
"Absolutely," she said. "Competition is something I really enjoy, I thrive off it. I went to an all girls school so it was very competitive and I played netball with a team of girls. I’m also a keen runner, I run ultra marathons which is another of my passions. I’ve been around lots of girls before that I’ve been in direct competition with so I’m used to that. I’m ready for the Love Island Villa in terms of competition."
Want to meet the other Love Island 2021 contestants?
- Liberty Poole
- Kaz Kamwi
- Jake Cornish
- Chloe Burrows
- Toby Aromolaran
- Aaron Francis
- Liam Reardon
- Millie Court
- Lucinda Strafford
- Teddy Soares
- Abigail Rawlings
- Tyler Cruickshank
- Mary Bedford
- Aaron Simpson
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