Love Island's Lana Jenkins to follow in Michelle Keegan's footsteps

EXCLUSIVE: Love Island’s Lana Jenkins hopes to follow in pal Michelle Keegan’s footsteps by finding a reality TV boyfriend

Lana Jenkins hopes to follow in pal Michelle Keegan’s footsteps by finding a reality TV boyfriend during her stint on Love Island.

The makeup artist, 25, who former Coronation Street actress Michelle called ‘one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet’, is longing to find the man of her dreams after her relationship with I’m A Celeb runner-up Owen Warner left her heartbroken.

Michelle, 35, told her 6.3million Instagram followers on Monday ‘so our girl is going into Love Island. Go and smash it darling’ after the pair formed a close friendship when Lana worked backstage for six months on Sky series Brassic.

She says she’s ready to find a longterm partner, as Michelle has done with husband, ex-TOWIE star Mark Wright, after being single since her romance with Owen fizzled out after the pandemic ended and the world reopened again.

Lana Jenkins hopes to follow in pal Michelle Keegan’s footsteps by finding a reality TV boyfriend during her stint on Love Island

Lana said: ‘I worked with Michelle on Brassic, which runs for six months at a time so I’ve spent a lot of time with Michelle. She’s beautiful inside and out so that’s really lovely to hear.’ 

The new Islander reflected on her previous romance with Hollyoaks actor Owen, who came second on the latest series of I’m A Celeb, and says she’s grateful to have experienced heartache because now she’s able to recognise red flags. 

She explained: ‘I’ve had three relationships and my last one I felt like I was in love. So, I went through love and heartbreak, which is fine everyone goes through it. 

‘I came out of it and I’m thankful because you grow and you learn lessons. I feel like I grew as a person and now that I’ve come out of it and been single for this period of time, I feel like I know exactly what I want and red flags, green flags, and all the flags.

‘I am looking for a certain type of person now and someone that’s going to be forever potentially.’

The makeup artist, who former Coronation Street actress Michelle called ‘one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet’, is longing to find the man of her dreams

Lana explained that her connection with Owen, famed for his romances with Stephanie Davis and Chloe Ferry, didn’t last after the soap star confessed to not being ready for a longtime relationship.

She said: ‘We had a lockdown relationship, which was really lovely and we spent a lot of time together.

‘When things started opening up, we were on different paths and in our case it happened to be the timing wasn’t right.

‘He wasn’t ready for a serious relationship and looking back, I probably wasn’t either. It’s taken me this long to think now I do, I’m ready for it.’

The MUA is hoping being fluent in Spanish will help her to entice a new boyfriend after she spent a decade of her childhood living abroad.

Lana explained that her connection with Owen, famed for his romances with Stephanie Davis and Chloe Ferry, didn’t last after the soap star confessed to not being ready for a longtime relationship

She said: ‘It’s a little sexy thing isn’t it for boys so maybe I can use it if I’m not getting enough attention. If all else fails, use a bit of Spanish.

‘My parents moved there for work when I was four-years-old so I was young and didn’t have a clue what was going on. I was moved into a Spanish speaking school. I was fluent in about six months but that’s because no one else spoke English.’  

After working for five years behind the scenes as a makeup artist including for big events such as the Soap Awards, Lana admits she’s already experiencing ‘imposter syndrome’ and is daunted by the prospect of being front of camera.

She said: ‘It’s something that has never happened before so it’s a weird concept for me to be in front of the camera but after a while I’ll forget that they’re there.

‘I plan on being myself anyhow. It’s a weird thing to think of myself on TV and I’ve got a bit of imposter syndrome, you know when you’re a bit like what’s going on? Should I actually be here? I won’t see the show so I’m not too worried about cameras, I’m excited more than anything.’





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The MUA is hoping being fluent in Spanish will help her to entice a new boyfriend after she spent a decade of her childhood living abroad

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