Love Island’s Sharon opens up about her past: ‘I’m not ashamed’

"I've not tried to hide it"

Love Island's Sharon Gaffka 'not ashamed' of past career at McDonald's

by Carl Smith |
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With so much discourse around diversity and body image when it comes to Love Island, there's nothing we love more than to block out all the negativity, load up Uber Eats and order a massive Big Mac meal in time for our nightly viewing.

And a McFlurry. It'd be rude not to, really.

So you can imagine how much we're behind axed islander Sharon Gaffka for claiming she's 'not ashamed' of her former career as a McDonald's employee.

Ah, a lass after our own heart.

Check out the Love Island 2021 cast's first ever Instagram posts:


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Chloe Burrows

Chloe may have caught all the boys' attentions as evidenced in a recent explosive episode, but you can see she's always been a stunner from this uni halls pic taken way back in 2015.

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Faye Winter

Faye has certainly nailed this classic Instapose in this snap from 2019 - the hair, tan and Adidas bodysuit are all on point and a sign of things to come.

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Brad McClellan

A quick glance over Brad's insta and it's clear he uses it primarily to document his fitness journey. This snap from 2017 is from before it all began.

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Kaz Kamwi

Kaz was already a fashion blogger before she entered the Love Island villa, and so her first photo is appropriately professional looking (boo).

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Jake Cornish

Finally, a properly old photo! You can tell that Jake was already going to the gym when this photo was taken with a mate back in 2013.

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PS. Enjoy this bonus pic of baby Jake with none other than footballer Wayne Rooney.

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Hugo Hammond

When he was a teenager, Hugo played Cricket for England's Physical Disability team.

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Hugo Hammond

PS. Baby Hugo for your viewing pleasure x

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Aaron Francis

Like Kaz, Aaron was already trying his hand as an influencer before he signed up to Love Island and so most of his photos are pretty glossy, but scroll down far enough and we found this photo of him seemingly winning an arm wrestle against Somoan Rugby Union player Many Tuilangi.

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Toby Aromolaran

Toby's not giving anything away with this sultry selfie from 2018, other than perhaps that he's heading off on his holidays, judging by his passport and boarding pass. He doesn't look that excited about it though, does he?

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Sharon Gaffka

In case you missed it, Sharon used to compete in beauty pageants and was Miss UK 2018. Here she is from the Galaxy pageant that same year.

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Liberty Poole

It looks like Liberty has always been a big fan of the finer things in life - as well as a blonde hair extension or two - judging from this snap with a pal from 2019.

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Liam Reardon

Viewers couldn't believe that Liam was only 21 when he entered the villa, but here's proof that Liam looked 30 way back in 2018 (regular teenaged boy for reference).

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Rachel Finni

This photo of Rach taken on a night out was posted in 2017 but captioned, "2 Years Ago ud83dude2b#CanILookLikeThisAgainPlease", so we can assume it's from way back in 2015.

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Millie Court

Proving she's always been a fan of posing up a storm in a bikini, we're majorly jeal of Millie's 2018 holiday to Cannes. Ahh, holidays - remember those?

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Lucinda Strafford

Right, we can't actually believe this 2018 photo of bombshell Lucinda - have Love Island checked her I.D.? Is she old enough to be on the show?

Answering fans' questions as part of an Instagram Q&A, Sharon said she's never tried to 'hide' her old job; explaining it helped her buy her first car.

When one follower asked 'did you really work at McDonald's?', Sharon responded, "Yeah baby! I'm not ashamed to say I used to serve fries and nuggets when I was 16!

"Not sure why people think I am or tried to hide it! Job's a job!

"Helped me buy my first car so no complaints from me!"


And now we're craving a six nuggets meal with a Fanta. Maccies for lunch, anyone?

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In further Love Island-related news, 2019 winner Greg O'Shea's opened up about his supposed 'sex ban' at the Tokyo Olympics.

Taking to Instagram to address questions about these cardboard bed frames competitors are sleeping on, Greg explained, "Getting a lot of messages from people wondering if the beds here in the Olympic village are actually made of cardboard and they are. Look at this... They’re fully made of cardboard.

"Supposedly the reason they are made of cardboard is obviously so they can be recycled afterwards but also to discourage any, erm, activities, so I’ve been told. So yeah, cardboard beds, but they are pretty comfortable I have to add."

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