Love Island’s Eyal Booker opens up about shocking past

The star bravely shared his story with fans

Eyal Booker

by Geraint Llewellyn |
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Former Love Island star and current Los Angeles regular Eyal Booker opened up to fans on Instagram this week with a shocking story from his past.

Following news coverage of an antisemitic attack on London’s Oxford Street, the star, who is Jewish, shared a heart-breaking story of his own.

Eyal Booker
Eyal shared his story with fans ©Getty

He wrote “[The attack] reminds me of being back at school on the bus when people would wait to hurl antisemitic abuse at our school bus, throw rocks and sometimes wait in groups to chase us home from school. (Went to a Jewish school not that it was noticeable in our uniform or way we dressed)."

Eyal was born and raised in Bushy, Herefordshire before becoming the first ever Jewish contestant on the show back in 2018.


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He continued, “Antisemitism is not new to the Jewish community and time and time again people stand by and watch us being attacked without saying anything, without standing up for us or show[ing] their alliance and saying this is wrong. It’s wrong on so many levels and it blows my mind we live in a world where it only seems to be getting worse”.

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Eyal's statement ©instagram stories

“I ask you to please look out for people, look out for each other and if you can help people and make them feel safe then be a decent human and do the right thing,” he pleaded with his followers.

Writing, “I don’t care what religion anyone is, abuse is abuse and nobody deserves to be terrorised. We always come together as a Jewish community to support each other when antisemitic attacks happen but the truth is we need the alliance of people from all religions or no religion to stand with us and say this is wrong”.

Before adding, “Our human alliance is what matters most”.

We couldn’t agree more.

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While he may not have found love in the villa, Eyal is now very much spoken for. After meeting model, influencer, and most importantly, daughter of RHOBeverly Hills legend Lisa RinnaDelilah Hamlin back in 2019.

Delilah like the rest of us fell in love with the curly haired lothario during his time in the villa. Eyal previously revealed that Delilah slid into his DMs after watching him on the ITV2 dating show. The couple hit things off and before he knew it, Eyal was on a flight to California to join Delilah at Coachella festival.

“I’m so grateful that you slid into my DMs and since that day I’ve never stopped loving or thinking about you. You’re my person. I love you,” Eyal wrote in a Valentine’s Day post dedicated to Delilah earlier this year.

The loved-up couple were forced to deny troubles in the relationship after pictures emerged showing Eyal screaming in rage as a tearful Delilah looked on. But Eyal later confirmed that it was all a misunderstanding and he was in fact screaming in pain following an accident. “We were cleaning out the car... And I literally smacked my hand on the car which made me pull that face because it hurt for a couple of minutes,” he told fans on Instagram at the time. “We weren't arguing and nothing crazy is going on in our relationship. We've very happy.”

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