Love Island’s Lucie Donlan: what is she doing now?

She's recoupled outside the villa with 2020 Islander Luke Mabbott

Lucie Donlan

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Love Island has provided us with years of entertainment and a whole host of contestants that have gone on to be actual superstars or have disappeared from the face of the earth.

Someone who falls in the middle of that spectrum, is Love Island 2019 surfer girl, Lucie Donlan.

Can't remember what she got up to in the villa? Or want to know what she's doing now? We've got you...

Who is Lucie Donlan?

Lucie is a reality star, model and influencer who rose to fame on the fifth series of ITV2 dating show Love Island.

What happened with Lucie Donlan was on Love Island?

During her time on Love Island Lucie was at first coupled up with Joe Garratt. Things didn't go down well when fans accused Joe of being 'controlling' and then Women's Aid released a statement about the show.

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lucie in the villa ©© ITV Pictures

After Joe was dumped, Lucie got in a friendship couple with Anton Danyluk. She then confessed her feelings to Tommy Fury, even though he was happily coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague and Lucie was pals with her.

Lucie then recoupled with George Rains in Casa Amor but didn't last with George and Lucie and Maura Higgins bizarrely dumped the people they were coupled up together.

When did Lucie Donlan split from Joe Garratt?

Lucie and Joe first coupled up in the Love Island villa before he was dumped on day 16. Lucie didn’t leave the villa until day 36 and shortly after she recoupled with Joe in the outside world.

They dated for another four months before calling it quits once again.

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Lucie and Joe recoupled outside the villa but split four months later ©Getty

“Joe and Lucie have decided to end things between them. They've been so busy with work lately that it's made it difficult for them to find time to see each other. They just grew apart,” a source told The Sun at the time.

It sounds like there’s no hard feelings between Lucie and Joe though as he gave her new relationship (more on that in a minute) his seal of approval.

“We had our good times, we had our really good times. It's just unfortunate that it ended but at the same time as long as she's happy, that's all I really care about now,” he told OK! magazine.

What was Lucie Donlan and Yewande Biala's 'bullying' row about?

It's fair to say that Lucie wasn't particularly close to the other female Islanders during her time in the villa and old tensions came to the surface once again when she accused Yewande Biala of "bullying" her.

When a fan brought to Lucie's attention that Yewande had labelled her a "horrible person" in a YouTube video, she replied, "She’s always bullied me, I’m not bothered about her opinion… makes her look bad. Not sure where she said that though!"

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lucie was a 2019 contestant ©ITV

But Yewande was quick to hit back and claimed that Lucie refused to call her by her name as she found it "too hard to pronounce".

"You refused to call me by my name because it was too 'hard to pronounce' now you wanna say I bullied you!! Bullied 🤬," the Irish scientist tweeted.

Amber Gill rushed to defend Yewande as she tweeted, "Na when she said can I call you 'Y' I said lol no you can’t can I just call you 'her' you were peaceful in that exchange It was me with the vim."

Amy Hart also weighed in on the situation and added, "We haven’t spoken about it publicly because it was Yewande’s story to tell. I remember dates, times, locations of every conversation in that villa. There’s so much you don’t see x."

In the wake of the row, Lucie claimed she had been sent death threats and insisted there was "nothing sinister" about her asking to abbreviate Yewande's name. "

How old is Lucie Donlan?

Lucie’s birthday is 22 February 1998, so she’s currently 25 years old.

Where is Lucie Donlan from?

Lucie is from Newquay in Cornwall.

Who is Lucie Donlan dating?

She previously dated her fellow 2019 Islander, Joe Garratt but is now loved up with Luke.

Lucie and Luke began dating in July 2020, just weeks after he split from Demi Jones. Following weeks of speculation after eagle-eyed fans noticed some flirty Instagram comments between them, the pair confirmed they were an item when they posted matching Instagram snaps from a romantic coastal getaway.

The duo have gone from strength to strength since going public and even adopted an adorable rescue dog together.

Luke and Lucie are still together

What is Lucie Donlan doing now?

Lucie was also a competitive surfer in her teens, having begun surfing at the age of 13 and she continues to lead the surfer lifestyle.

She was voted Best Eco/Environmental Influencer of 2022 and also runs a travel account alongside boyfriend Luke, called 'Thrifty Travellers', where they explore the world on a mix of luxury and 'thrifty' budget.

As an influencer, Lucie works with brands such as Philip Kingsley, Kia and Havianas Europe.

Did Lucie Donlan date Charlie Frederick?

Lucie confirmed that she dated Love Island 2018 star Charlie Frederick before she entered the villa in 2019.

"The last guy I was with was Charlie Frederick from last year’s Love Island," she explained. "We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa."

Charlie took a massive swipe at Lucie as she joined the show, as he told The Daily Mail, “[Lucie is] most definitely not looking for love! She's only 21. I hope she's going in there with the right intentions. She'll get a couple of Instagram followers on the way, if you know what I mean. You’ve got to do what you've got to do to get the Z-list fame."

What happened with Lucie Donlan and Maura Higgins?

Although they were pals on the show, Lucie and Maura have seemingly drifted apart.

Lucie still follows the Irish Islander on Instagram but Maura no longer follows Lucie and fans are constantly speculating what led to their fall out.

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"The two used to be very close, even going on holiday to the Maldives for Maura’s birthday this year," one wrote on Reddit, "Rumours are they have fallen out due to Molly Mae’s pregnancy (as Lucie and Molly do not like each other, while Maura and Molly are super close), but that seems strange."

Who is Lucie Donlan's sister Emily Airton?

Lucie has a younger sister, Emily Airton, 22, who works as a social media and marketing assistant in Newquay and, honestly, the resemblance is UNCANNY.

Much like her Lucie, Emily is also a model and influencer as well as a keen surfer.

Lucie Donlan's weight loss

Lucie lost two stone before entering the Love Island villa but later revealed she'd put the weight back on during her time on the show. "You're literally sitting around all day. You kind of do put weight on, so I did put a lot of weight on in there," she told her followers on Instagram.

But, after losing the weight she gained, Lucie admitted she was now at her "happy weight".

Lucie Donlan's hair

Ever since Lucie rose to fame on Love Island, fans have been wondered how she achieves her effortlessly stylish beachy waves.

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Well, it turns out the key to her laidback yet luscious long locks is the VO5 TexturizingSea Salt Spray, which Lucie used in the villa. The best part is, it’s a snip at just under £7.

Does Lucie Donlan have Instagram?

Yep, you can follow her at @lucierosedonlan

CHECK OUT Love Island stars who have recoupled outside the villa


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Yewande Biala and George Rains

Yewande Biala and George Rains were not even in the villa at the same time but outside they seem to be having a whale of a time. Fans were buzzing in August when the Casa Amor star appeared to have Yewande's makeup all over his face.

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Laura Anderson and Max Morley

Months after Paul Knops dumped her, Laura Anderson moved on and started dating Love Island 2015 winner Max Morley. However the pair have been on-off since then and in July 2019 they called it quits.

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Kieran Nicholls and Chloe Crowhurst

Two months after Love Island 2018 ended it came to light that Casa Amor star Kieran Nicholls (who lasted on the show for three days) and 2017 contestant Chloe Crowhurst had recoupled outside the villa. It didn't last though because days later he pied her in a public announcement. Ouch.

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Lucie Donlan and Joe Garratt

They (not the public) branded themselves as 'Juicy' but when Joe was booted from the villa viewers were shocked that Lucie Donlan didn't follow him. Instead she coupled up with George in Casa Amor and then dumped him before being kicked out the villa alongside him.

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Arabella Chi and Wes Nelson

Arabella Chi was mugged off by Danny Williams who appeared to be devastated when she left the villa but he quickly bounced back with Jourdan Riane. Luckily the model got over him with Love Island 2018 finalist Wes Nelson and she was recently slated for 'PhotoShopping' a photo alongside her new man.

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Jon Clark and Chloe Crowhurst

If you cast your mind back to Love Island 2015 you'll remember when Jon Clark famously proposed to Hannah Elizabeth. It didn't last (bless them) and he went on to star on TOWIE. Fast forward a couple of years and he dated Chloe Crowhurst but after the Love Island 2017 line-up was announced he publicly slammed her and revealed they were dating. After she left the villa they briefly reunited before calling it quits.

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Jon Clark and Elma Pazar

Okay so this one hasn't actually happened but Jon Clark apparently has his eyes set on Elma Pazar. We don't blame him tbh, she's an absolute babe.

Kem Cetinay and Kendall Rae-Knight8 of 19
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Kem Cetinay and Kendall Rae-Knight

Days after being the first dumped Love Island 2018 star, Kendall Rae Knight was apparently spotted kissing 2017 winner Kem Cetinay. Although Kem insisted they're just friends.

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Niall Aslam and Rosie Williams

Love Island fans were devastated when Niall Aslam left the villa after eight days but a few weeks later there was a lot of speculation that he was dating Rosie Williams.

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Charlie Frederick and Lucie Donlan

Charlie Frederick didn't get the best of chances in the Love Island 2018 villa; he was partnered with the iconic Hayley Hughes but they were quickly dumped. When the 2019 series started Charlie slammed Lucie and said she's "most definitely not looking for love". Lucie didn't take it lightly and clapped back at him.

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Charlie Frederick and Arabella Chi

Charlie also got with Arabella before she entered the villa. He actually claimed that the model was a 'liar' and hinted they were still dating even when she went into the villa. After being booted from Love Island she branded him an 'idiot' and said they had blocked each other before she went on the reality show.

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Kaz Crossley and Theo Campbell

We really thought Kaz Crossley and Josh Denzel were going to last but alas they didn't. A few months after announcing their split Kaz announced on Instagram that she moved on with 2017 legend Theo Campbell. They since shared cute snaps on social media.

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Jess Shears and Dom Lever

So Jess Shears and Dom Lever were happily coupled up in the villa but when the boys voted for her to leave they were both left devastated, Dom wasn't that upset though because he didn't follow her. Then there were reports that something went down with Mike Thalassitis but after Dom left Love Island he reunited with Jess, the pair got married and are still together.

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Sam Gowland and Amber Davies

Love Island and Geordie Shore fans were stunned when Chloe Ferry claimed that her ex-boyfriend Sam Gowland cheated on her with Amber Davies. Dramz. Sam and Amber have both denied the accusations but Chloe has insisted they're true.

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Wes Nelson and Amber Davies

In January 2019 following all that Dancing on Ice drama with Vanessa Bauer, Wes Nelson and Megan Barton Hanson split. However a couple of months later there were reports that Wes had been 'sexting' 2017 winner Amber Davies. Then on Celebs Go Dating, Amber claimed he had been messaging another Love Island star before she appeared to brand Amber a "snakey b-tch" on Instagram. Following the whole Amber/Sam allegations, Megan wrote: "Imagine moving like that and lying to numerous heartbroken girls that you ain't sh-gged their ex!"Amber denied the rumours in an emotional tweet.

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Eyal Booker and Kendall Rae Knight

Tbf, Eyal Brooker and Kendall did share a little kiss on the main show, but then things got hella steamy and a little weird tbh in the reunion show when they snogged in a swimming pool. Nothing long term came of it.

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Ellie Brown and Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths and Ellie Brown got together during MTV's Celebrity Ex On The Beach. They both said they were single as the show ended but then posted cute pictures together on social media. However, that came grinding to a halt when Michael started posting cute pictures with other women too.

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Rebecca Gormley and Biggs Chris

Beauty queen Rebecca chose to couple up with Jordan Waobikeze instead of Biggs in the Love Island villa, following her failed romances with Connagh Howard, Wallace Wilson and Luke Trotman. She clearly regretted her decision though as she coupled up with Biggs just weeks after being dumped and returning to the UK. Despite cheating rumours on both sides, they're still going strong.

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Luke Mabbott and Lucie Donlan

Romance blossomed for the couple in summer 2020 and they 'confirmed' their relationship status when they shared the same photo (of a hot tub) to Instagram. As is the modern way.

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