Footballer Aaron Connolly’s glamorous ex-girlfriend is reportedly set to be on Love Island, with a source saying he’s ‘really annoyed’ about the move.
Lucinda Strafford, 21, is thought to have dated the Brighton & Hove Albion player for two years and recently grown close to him again following allegations he breached Covid-19 lockdown rules by inviting a woman to his house for sex in March.
It also comes amid claims that the hit reality show is gearing up to feature its first disabled contestant in the upcoming 2021 series and is approaching influencers.
Heading to Majorca? Footballer Aaron Connolly’s glamorous ex Lucinda Strafford, 21, (pictured) is reportedly set to be on Love Island, with a source saying he’s ‘really annoyed’
Speaking with The Sun, a source claimed that former British Airways air steward Lucinda wants to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business.
A source said: ‘She wants fame and money – she’s always wanted to be a celebrity. She’s trying to become an influencer, she wants to do it for her business.
‘Aaron’s really upset and really annoyed about it. They were together for two years and then broke up.’
Detailing their strained romance, they added: ‘He was seeing other people and she was jealous, but over the past few months they’ve been seeing each other.’
Unimpressed? Lucinda is thought to have dated the Brighton & Hove Albion player for two years and recently grown close to him again (pictured in November 2020)
They also added that Lucinda has already had a ‘lengthy psych evaluation’ ahead of her reported entry to the villa.
MailOnline has contacted a Love Island representative for further comment.
In March, a source told the paper that Connolly had invited a girl to the house where he’s been staying and had sex with her.
His club later confirmed they were investigating the reports of a potential Covid lockdown rules breach- which was allegedly filmed.
A Brighton club spokesperson said at the time: ‘We are aware of the allegations made and take them extremely seriously.
‘She wants fame and money’: A source claimed that former British Airways air steward Lucinda wants to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business
‘The matter will be fully investigated internally and dealt with in the appropriate manner.
‘The club has repeatedly made clear to all players and staff the need to imply with the lockdown rules, and made clear to player the added need to comply with additional measures to keep them and their families safe.
‘At this stage we will be making no further comment.’
It comes amid reports that Love Island execs are hoping 2021 will be the first season where a disabled contestant goes into the villa.
The casting team are reportedly approaching potential Islanders, with para-athlete Milly Pickles, 26, being tipped as potentially appearing on the line-up.
The brunette beauty had to have her leg amputated after she was electrocuted.
A source told The Sun: ‘Casting are actively approaching for someone who visibly has a disability. It’s all part of the show trying to be as diverse as possible.’
It was recently reported that Love Island has had ‘more applications than ever’ with over 1,000 singletons already interviewed amid the show’s current selection process for the 2021 series.
ITV commissioner, Amanda Stavri, teased the upcoming series in a new interview and revealed that the team are all ‘very pleased’ with the potential line-up.
Speaking to RadioTimes, the Love Island boss said: ‘There’s been more applications than ever. They’ve whittled it down and we’re all very pleased.
Exciting: Love Island has had ‘more applications than ever’ with over 1,000 singletons already interviewed amid the show’s selection process for the 2021 series (the 2019 line-up pictured)
New Islander? The casting team are reportedly approaching potential stars, with para-athlete Milly Pickles, 26, being tipped as potentially appearing on the line-up
‘We’ve got a big sort of pool at the moment and we need to sort of work out who to put in the opening line-up and who sort of to hold back, you know as a bombshell – we need the bombshells.’
Elsewhere during the interview, the ITV commissioner promised the 2021 line-up will be ‘diverse and inclusive’.
However, the ITV commissioner said that including gay Islanders is a ‘logistical difficulty’ due to the format of the dating show.
Love Island has previously been slammed by fans, and previous contestants, for lack of different ethnic backgrounds, body types and members of the LGBT community represented on the show.
Line-up: Elsewhere during a recent interview, the ITV commissioner promised that the 2021 line-up will be ‘diverse and inclusive’ (members from the 2018 line-up pictured)
The ITV commissioner added: ‘In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100 per cent straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up.’
Stavri pointed out that spin-off shows, such as The Cabins, has a lot more ‘sexual diversity’ as the format doesn’t have as much ‘restrictions’ as Love Island, adding: ‘So we’re very sort of mindful of that across our programming on ITV and dating series.’
In March, 2017 contestant Montana Brown called for greater diversity on Love Island and insisted it is ‘unhealthy for people to just see size 8s chomping around in their bikinis’.
The swimwear brand owner, 25, also stated: ‘I wanna see more people of colour’ while concluding that ‘with regards to racial diversity and body diversity, there’s always room for improvement’ on the programme.
Making history: The programme has featured bisexual contestants in the past, including Megan Barton-Hanson, Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon (pictured together in 2016)
Speaking on What Day Is It? podcast, Monata was quizzed about how progressive Love Island is.
She admitted: ‘I feel like, as a mixed race person, you’re always in a minority, especially on a show like that. It’s not something that I necessarily thought of while I was in the show.
‘I’ve had quite a privileged upbringing. I grew up in quite a white area so I’ve always been in the minority anyway. So it’s something that I didn’t feel uncomfortable with.
‘But I definitely think with regards to racial diversity and body diversity there’s always room for improvement.’
In April, it was claimed that producers were reportedly accepting gay contestants for this year’s upcoming series.
Despite the claims, a representative for ITV told MailOnline: ‘Our only stipulation for applicants on Love Island is that they are over 18, single and looking for love.’
Slammed: Love Island has previously been slammed by fans, and previous contestants – including Montana Brown, pictured, for lack of different ethnic backgrounds, body types and members of the LGBT community represented on the show