Love Is­land’s Oliva Attwood, 27 – who dated Chris Hughes on the re­al­ity show and starred in their spin-off se­ries Crackin’ On. Since their split, she’s now hook­ing up with mem­bers of the pub­lic for Celebs Go Dat­ing…

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How has the show been? Nerve-wrack­ing! I’m not much of a dater; dat­ing is out of my com­fort zone. Boys fall in love with me af­ter a day and I’ve only had two boyfriends – I was with Chris, then with Bradley (foot­ball ace Bradley Dack), so I haven’t been sin­gle for a long time. Was it more fun than

Love Is­land?

It was to­tally dif­fer­ent – it was eas­ier, be­cause I could call the girls or my mum af­ter a date. It was a lot lighter and more fun, whereas Love Is­land was very in­tense. You don’t usu­ally meet some­one and then have them in your bed! What was your main rea­son for do­ing this? I wanted to change the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion of me. My show with Chris (ITVBE’S Crackin’ On) was meant to be light and fun but the s**t hit the fan big time. Peo­ple saw me shout­ing and scream­ing, cry­ing and swear­ing. But re­ally, I’m fun and I don’t take life se­ri­ously at all. Would you be open to kiss­ing on cam­era? I feel a bit cringey. In Love Is­land, you’d just be kiss­ing all day, but here you’re just sit­ting at a table – and when peo­ple kiss in restau­rants, it’s like “eww”. Are you look­ing for love? I want to be swept off my feet – there has been po­ten­tial for that to hap­pen. I’ve been stuck in a cy­cle of go­ing round and round with Brad for years. It’d be nice to meet some­one to break the cy­cle. How do you think he would feel if you meet some­one? I don’t know how he’d take it... Maybe he’d be happy for me, but maybe not – I don’t know. Chris? I never hear from Chris. That re­la­tion­ship feels re­ally old to me, it feels like a life­time ago. I was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­son when I was with him. It’s re­ally strange.

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