Wait, Paige Thorne ‘shades’ Indiyah Polack as she opens up about Dami Hope

There seems to be a lot of drama around the Love Island 2022 cast

Paige Thorne next to Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope

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Cast your mind back to Love Island 2022 and you'll probably remember Paige Thorne's friendship with Dami Hope.

Although the pair were just close friends and always insisted that there was nothing between them, fans couldn't let go of their theory that Paige was secretly hoping to steal Dami from Indiyah Polack.

Given that Dami and Indiyah have now moved in together and look SUPER loved-up, it's safe to say that Indiyah has absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to Dami's head turning in a Swansea direction. However, while we always thought Indiyah and Paige were friends, it doesn't seem to be that way if the paramedic turned reality star's latest comments are anything to go by.

When asked who she's closest to from the Love Island 2022 cast during a recent Q&A on her Instagram story, Paige revealed that she's besties with Antigoni Buxton, Danica Taylor, Tasha Ghouri, Gemma Owen and Dami.

But, err, what about Indiyah, honeybuns?

Paige Thorne's Instagram story which says she's closest to Antigoni, Danica, Tasha, Gemma and Dami from the Love Island 2022 cast
©Instagram/Paige Thorne

While she doesn't appear to be close to his girlfriend, Paige did open up about her relationship with Dami as she admitted they can no longer post pictures together as they get bombarded with comments on social media.

She explained, "It's definitely one of those things where whenever we do hang out, we just don't take pictures and we just don't post it anywhere because it's not worth the aggro. It's just not worth it."

This all comes after Paige showered us with scalding hot tea on to GKBarry's Saving Grace podcast when she exposed the "fakest Love Island couple".

She said, "All I’m going to say on this, right? There are how many couples left? Three? Three couples left. Really there’s only two. But that’s a secret I’ll never tell.”

Now as much as we appreciate the tea that there is one outstanding Love Island couple who aren't really together (according to Miss Thorne), there were actually four remaining Love Island 2022 couples at the time of said tea spillage, not three: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti, Luca Bish and Gemma Owen, Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack, and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page.

Sleuthing hats on: we know that Paige is besties with Tasha and Andrew, so they're out of the line-up. She's also close with Dami and Indiyah, so they're likely out, too; which leaves Ekin-Su and Davide and Luca and Gemma on the chopping block. But to be fair, we're no good at maths either.

Luca and Gemma have since split, so who knows, it could be them she was referring to. Others, however, have hinted that Paige's remarks were directed at Ekin-Su and Davide, although the winners have hit back at claims their relationship is fake.

Gemma and Luca: Romance or showmance? ©©ITV

We know that Gemma Owen keeps the majority of her fellow Islanders at arms length, but we also know that Paige was a little sore about Ekin-Su confirming her split with Adam Collard to the press before she did (all covered in the latest episode of Saving Grace).

Can you believe we do this for a living? We should be private detectives.

Either way, according to Paige, two people are deeply involved in some sort of showmance and we can't wait for it all to come out in the dirty laundry (caused – we can only assume – by all this tea spilling).

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Single Paige Thorne enters her 'villain era'

We love it when Love Island goodies turn into baddies (the fun kind, not the BAD kind) and from the looks of things that's exactly what's happening to Paige. Yes, it seems our fave 'honey bun' is moving as the seasons do; saying goodbye to the light and warmth of summer and embracing the stormy, brisk, dark days of autumn with a brand new bad b-tch attitude.

We know we sound like we're writing Paige's origin story as if she's some sort of Marvel hero turned villain - it's intentional.

In recent weeks, rumours were flying that Paige and boyfriend Adam Collard – who left the Love Island villa together in fifth place, just weeks ago – had split after a suggestive video of Adam and a mysterious blonde started circulating literally everywhere last month. The video and screen grabs show Adam with his famous tree trunk arms wrapped around a woman who is clearly NOT Paige in a McDonald's after a night out, with some labelling Adam as a "cheat".

Although the pair had not appeared on each other's socials since or even mildly addressed their current relationship status until this week, at the peak of the rumours, "baddie" Paige posted something so sensationally bad ass and hidden with subtext, that one of her followers comments, "Paige is in her villain era and I'm so here for it xx."

Paige posted pictures of herself serving Vanessa from The Little Mermaid (the bad ass brunette hottie that Ursula transforms into to seduce Prince Eric) at mate Gemma Owen's PLT launch to her main Instagram grid in early October 2022.

And we haven't even talked about THAT caption yet. Paige iconically captioned the post, "I'm good x."

Naturally, we lost it and so did half of Instagram, many of whom assumed this was Paige telling her fans (in the most subtle/not-so-subtle way) that she's okay and moving on from her summer boyf.

Adam Collard Paige Thorne
Adam and Paige were all smiles back in August ©Getty

Love Island stars and fans took to Paige's Instagram comments to share their support and theories. Winter Love Island star Paige Turley wrote, "Yes yes are you 🔥!!!"

A fan commented, "She's got that 'whatever hun' face on , slay queen ❤️."

Another wrote, "Onwards and upwards to something so much better 😉."

A third commented, "Baddie 😍."

Paige was the first confirmed Love Island star for the 2022 series ©ITV Pictures

What do 2022 Islanders make of Paige Thorne?

If you were under the impression that Love Island concluded the moment your king and queen were crowned, you were deeply misled.

The winter months are notoriously the time our Islanders start spilling the tea on each other.

And, as of late, a couple of Islanders have been spilling on one specific original Islander - Paige.

Since the series ended, bombshells Danica Taylor and Coco Lodge have both called out Paige for some alleged contentious behaviour inside the Love Island villa. Wait, was THIS the start of Paige's villain origin story?

Coco recently revealed, "I had a hard time in there anyway after Casa Amor, some of the girls weren't as welcoming, we're all okay now, but it was hard."

In conversation with On Demand Entertainment, she added, "[Paige] was just a bit frosty."

Coco Lodge
Coco Lodge ©ITV ©©ITV

In a separate interview, Danica (who, in fairness, also came for the boys) called out Paige for her behaviour towards her in the villa.

She told the same publication, "I feel like at the beginning, yeah, a lot of the girls, you know, they weren't really... like, I'm not going to lie, watching it back, I've seen sort of the way Paige was when Antigoni left and it was very clear that she wanted me to go."

Danica Taylor
Danica Taylor ©ITV ©ITV

She added, "I wish I'd said, 'Hang on, do you know how that makes me feel?' Like, I've done nothing wrong and you're blatantly mouthing things across the fire pit to insinuate, 'What the hell? Why is Danica still here?' But again, I've had time to move past that, but I wish in the moment, looking back, I wish I'd said things."


Understandably, it utterly popped off - Maleficent style. Can you tell we're watching lots of Disney Plus now winter is upon us?

"If you've got to talk sh-t about somebody else to keep yourself relevant, then okay, that's fine"

In a recent interview with Toby Aromolaran on his Fancy a Chat? podcast, it seems Paige fancied some good old fashioned, revenge-inspired, passive aggressive, shade-throwing. Paige appeared to hit back at both the bombshells when Toby asked her how she felt about "everyone talking about everyone else" on (ironically) podcasts (aka, your thoughts on Coco and Danica dragging you to filth, please?).

Paige responded, "Do you know what? People have got to do what they've got to do, haven't they? Do you know what I mean? And if you've got to talk sh-t about somebody else to keep yourself relevant, then okay, that's fine. That's absolutely fine, but that's not my vibe."

Paige Thorne and boyfriend Adam Collard ©ITV ©ITV

She added, "Why can't you focus on yourself, instead of talking sh-t about everyone else? I'm not about that vibe. Like, I like to stay in my own little bubble – my own little positive bubble – and I stay firmly inside it and people just wanna try popping it sometimes. But it's impenetrable."

While we wait patiently for a couple of bombshell bombs to go OFF, here's everything you need to know about Paige...

How old is Paige Thorne?

She is 25 years old.

What is Paige Thorne's job?

She's a paramedic and is rumoured to be going back to her day job after leaving Love Island. During a recent appearance on Lorraine, Paige said, "I've got a meeting to go back to paramedic work as well so that will be exciting. I saw an ambulance the other day with sirens on and I had serious FOMO! So I'm gonna go back into that a little bit and just see what opportunities come from that."

Paige recently told Grazia, "While I was in the Love Island villa, I really missed my job. I missed interacting with all my different patients and, sometimes, I felt so selfish that I’d taken so much time away from doing the job that I love and am passionate about. Being on Love Island was amazing, but there were times in the villa where I really missed being a paramedic."

Where is Paige Thorne from?

She's from Swansea in Wales.

Why did Paige Thorne go on Love Island?

Paige revealed that she joined the show as there wasn't much of a dating scene in her hometown.

She says, "In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore. I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven't got to go out and I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!"

What is Paige Thorne's dating history?

She said, "I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys so was like, 'Right, that's it. I’m going to focus on me.' Then I was like, 'Ok, I’m bored now, I’m lonely and I miss love and the connection and everything else.' I’ve been on a few dates but I just haven’t clicked with anyone."

Has Paige Thorne got Instagram?

Yes, you can follow her at @paigethornex.

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