Love Island’s Paige Thorne opens up on ‘difficult’ split from ex Adam Collard

Paige Thorne has opened up about her bitter split from Adam Collard, telling OK! she’s well and truly moving on.

“There is no bad blood from my end,” the 25-year-old Love Island star exclusively revealed. “Everything happens for a reason and I’m in a good place now.”

However, the paramedic insists she’s not open to finding a new love right now as her experience has “really” put her off, adding, “I’m in this era now where I’m just like, ‘No!’ Respectfully, no. I really am focusing on myself.”

Paige and Adam, 27, called it quits in October, just weeks after leaving the Majorcan villa. It came after a number of videos emerged of Adam cosying up to other women on a night out – but he denies claims of cheating.

Paige, who was coupled up with Jacques O’Neill, 23, on the reality contest before finding romance with bombshell Adam, explains that relationships tend to break down on the outside, once you get back to “reality”.

“In the villa, it’s easy to fall into a relationship because that’s all you know in there,” she explained.

“You get wrapped up in this false sense of reality, maybe a false sense of feelings, and then you come out into the real world and you think, ‘Maybe I wouldn’t have actually got on with that person if I was on the outside, it’s just that on the inside they were the only one in there.’ Maybe that is it, I don’t know.”

Last month, fellow Love Island couple Gemma Owen, 19, and Luca Bish, 23, announced their break-up, admitting it “wasn’t an easy decision” but it was “best for us both”. And Paige says she’s been supporting her co-star through the tough time.

“I texted Gem to make sure she was all good, just showing her my support and letting her know that I was always there if she ever needed to chat,” she told us.

“Obviously, coming out of the relationship in the public eye is difficult enough anyway, so she knows I’m there if she needs me and she’ll reach out.”

Paige’s schedule has changed dramatically since leaving the villa – and she says she often feels like she’s living “two different lives”. But while she loves the glitz and glam of fame, she admits going back to her day job has given her a good sense of normality.

“I worked so hard to become a paramedic and I really pride myself on doing something that is beneficial to other people,” said Paige, who was speaking to us at Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham.

“I was always going to go back to it, no matter what. I love knowing that I have impacted someone’s life in a positive way.


“My bread and butter and what is normal to me is being a paramedic, so I love to still have that. I go back to it whenever I’m back home in Wales.”

Speaking about her support for Age UK, Paige adds, "Being a paramedic, you really do see the social concerns with older people.

"A lot of 999 calls will come in and it’s not because they’re in need of 999 assistance, but because they are lonely and have no family or friends to rely on.

"You see it so much in the community and it is really sad. It’s so isolating, especially if they can’t work the internet or social media.

"So it’s amazing that a charity like Age UK are providing activities and days out and a place where they can come and interact and make new friends and keep themselves busy. I hate the thought of anyone being alone."

Paige is supporting Age UK this Christmas. The Charity is there for the older people who have nobody to talk to and nobody to ask for help. Age UK believes that no older person should live like this and asking everybody who can to donate so that it can continue to be there for vulnerable and lonely older people. To donate visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/christmasappeal

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