Love Island is back on our screens for its second winter run, and the 2023 cast members are already hard at work to find love.
While sparks have been flying between various contestants, one islander not having much luck so far is Will Young – no, not the singer Will Young, but the TikTok farmer who entered the ITV2 show's South African villa on Monday night.
Despite his huge TikTok following, Will is yet to find romantic success on the show, and is the only single contestant after bombshell Tom Clare swooped in and stole his partner Olivia Hawkins during a recent recouping.
With things looking uncertain for Will and another recoupling set to unfold on Friday, as well as the first dumping of the season, here's what you need to know about the contestant.
Will Young – key facts
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Will is a fan of Sir David Attenborough, naming him as the star he’d most like to see appear in a film of his own life. “Imagine hearing his calming voice talking while he’s feeding the animals, his top off, some short shorts… he would rock it,” he says. Do we have a joker in our midst?
Why did Will want to take part in Love Island?
The demands of his rural lifestyle have meant that Will has struggled to balance his personal life with his work responsibilities, so he’s hoping that his stint in the villa will give him the opportunity to focus on romance.
“Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work,” he admits. “Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely go out and find love. I think I’m at the time of my life where I’m mature enough to go and find a wife.”
Is Will on Instagram?
You can follow Will on Instagram on @farmer_will_, where his videos showing him shearing sheep and posing with his very sweet pet lamb have earned him 116,000 followers.
He’s even more popular over on TikTok, where he uses the handle @farmerwill_ and has managed to clock up 1.1 million followers.
However, Will’s social media accounts will be going quiet while he’s in the villa, as new Love Island duty of care rules mean that contestants have to pause posting while appearing on the show.
This new measure is designed to "protect both the islanders and their families from the adverse effects of social media".
What is Will looking for in a partner?
We know that Will is a fan of meditation after learning about it from a former date, so any future love interests might want to take note.
“Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes,” he says. “A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating! It’s a nice way to self reflect, taking a minute on my day/week. It’s really nice and sets me up for a nice sleep.”
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