Former Love Island 2023 star Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown has cleared up speculation as to whether Jessie Wynter and Will Young's relationship is genuine.


During an exclusive interview with, Zara, who was dumped from the island in episode 17, shared her thoughts over the seemingly sweet relationship and whether it appears too good to be true.

The former islander batted away any rumours, insisting that the pair are "real". She said: "Jessie and Will were definitely very close in the villa, I think some people's opinions on Jessie may be unfair.

"What one person might find attractive in someone, someone else might find something else attractive. I think some people might find that Will is a bit of a showman and maybe too much. But I think Jessie sees him as quirky and charismatic."

She added: "So I genuinely do think that they are real."

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Will and Jessie on winter Love Island 2023. ©ITV Plc

It all seems to be quiet on the drama front when it comes to the couple, who have enjoyed a date together and are going from strength to strength, even after Jessie's fellow Australian islander Aaron left in a shock departure from the villa.

In an episode earlier this week, the pair also went to the hideaway for the first time with Will admitting that he could "definitely see myself falling in love with you". Jessie then answered: "I could see myself falling in love with you too."

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This isn't the first time that former islander Zara has cleared up speculation about the islanders that remain in the villa. Also speaking exclusively to, she admitted that she's "disappointed" in Lana Jenkins after she went back to Ron Hall.

She said: "I am quite disappointed in Lana that she's gone back to Ron. I was really proud of her when she picked Casey. I thought, 'Yes, she's remembered her worth, she's gone with her head and her heart and she can at least try things with Casey.'

"But I think within a day, she's just gone straight back to Ron. She's allowed Ron to get into her head and I feel really bad for Casey. I think he had a lot to give and he really was focused on her and I do think she's made the wrong decision, but we'll have to see."

Additional reporting by Grace Henry.

Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm on Thursday 9th February 2023. Check out more of our Entertainment coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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