Love Island bombshell Luke Mabbott is branded a ‘player’ by former flame who claims he led her on just DAYS before he entered the villa
Love Island bombshell Luke Mabbott has been branded a ‘player’ by a former flame, who has accused him of dating other girls during the five years they flirted.
In an interview with The Sun, Chloe Ephraim claims that after meeting him on holiday in Turkey when she was 18, the pair went on to flirt and exchange explicit messages – but they never dated as she’s in Manchester while he’s based in Redcar.
And the IT graduate, 24, has revealed that she was particularly shocked at seeing Luke on Love Island, as he allegedly made arrangements for them to spend time together just days before he jetted off to South Africa for the show.
Ex factor: Love Island bombshell Luke Mabbott has been branded a ‘player’ by a former flame Chloe Ephraim, who has accused him of dating other girls during the five years they flirted
She said: ‘I’ve felt so sick ever since I found out. I was speaking to him four days before he appeared on the show. We were planning for me to go down and visit him for a whole weekend.
‘He started pursuing me again just after Christmas and he must have known that he was going on the show then. He didn’t say anything. He just led me on and I was planning to go stay with him for the whole weekend.’
After seeing the 24-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike couple up with Jess Gale, 20, on the show, Chloe told the publication that her impression of him has changed.
Holiday romance: Chloe claims that after meeting him on holiday in Turkey when she was 18, the pair went on to flirt and exchange explicit messages – but they never dated
She said: ‘I didn’t think he was a player and that’s why I liked him… We’ve been sending flirty text messages for five years and obviously I thought something was going to happen with us as he kept coming back to me.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Love Island for comment.
On Sunday night’s instalment of Love Island, Luke and Jess Gale were seen sharing their first smooch following a dramatic recoupling episode.
After Jess chose new boy Luke M – who is dubbed Luke M in the villa – the pair decided to take a private moment to celebrate.
Big debut: Luke, dubbed Luke M in the villa, made his debut on the hit ITV2 show last week
Sparks first flew between Jess and Luke when they were whisked away for a date after the public voted for the bubbly blonde to be Luke’s match when he first arrived in the villa alongside Luke Trotman, 22.
The two got on famously, with Jess telling her date: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m a relationship type of girl I’m, not just in it for the sake of it, I like to believe everything happens for a reason.’
To which Luke quipped: ‘Could I be the reason?’
Couple: Since arriving on the show, Luke has entered into a couple with bombshell Jess Gale
Tuesday night’s episode proved to be one of the most dramatic yet, after Connor Durman was dumped from the villa at the hands of his fellow islanders.
He and Sophie Piper were voted the least favourite couple by the public, which led to the announcement that islanders would be left with the tough decision of selecting just one person out of that couple to go home.
Thanks to Luke’s late arrival and very recent coupling on the show, he was exempt from the vote.
Love Island continues on Tuesday at 9pm on ITV2.
Smooch: Jess, 20, and Luke, 24, shared their first smooch on Sunday night’s Love Island