Love Islander says she avoided watching ex-boyfriend Owen Warner on I’m A Celeb

Soon-to-be Love Island star Lana Jenkins has admitted she avoided watching ex-boyfriend Owen Warner during his time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 25-year-old celebrity make-up artist from Luton is one of 10 singletons preparing to enter the villa in South Africa for the new winter series of the ITV2 reality dating show.

Reflecting on her relationship with Hollyoaks star Owen, 23, who finished in second place on this year's I'm A Celeb, Lana said: “We had a lovely relationship. We had a bit of a lockdown relationship, so we spent a lot of time together.

“And then when we ended, we ended amicably, so I have nothing bad to say in terms of our relationship and the time that we spent together.


“I watched the (I’m A Celebrity) final and that was it because, obviously he got to the final, so that was amazing, and I thought I’d watch it out of support.

“But I just thought it’s a bit weird to watch your ex for an hour on telly every evening, so I didn’t bother.

“But I did send him a message when he got out and was like, ‘Well done. That’s amazing that you came runner up’. So it was nice.”

Lana and Owen briefly dated in 2020 shortly after his split from Hollyoaks co-star Stephanie Davies, 28, having been introduced by mutual friends while she was working on CBBC's So Awkward.

Lana, who was an extra in sitcom Benidorm when she was six, revealed that her her work as a celebrity make-up artist, has led to her crossing paths with a number of famous faces, including actress Michelle Keegan.

She added that the former Coronation Street star “is an absolute dream to work with" and that “she is gorgeous. She’s like a real-life Disney princess. She’s such a amazing person inside and out.”

Michelle, 35, has already shared support for Lara after she announced her participation in the popular reality show

Re-sharing Lana's announcement post, Michelle added her own comment, writing: "So our girl @lanajenkins is going into @loveisland. Genuinely one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet. Go and smash it darlin."

The new islanders are set to enter the Love Island villa in South Africa on January 16 as new host Maya Jama takes over from Laura Whitmore, who announced she was stepping down in August.

The new series is the show’s first winter series since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Love Island returns on Monday January 16 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.

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