Love Island star ‘over the moon’ as they get engaged

The 2016 Islander is already planning their wedding after a romantic proposal

Zara Holland Love Island engaged

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Congratulations are in order for Love Island 2016 star Zara Holland, who is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Elliot Love after he popped the question during a romantic trip to Dubai earlier this year.

According to reports, Elliot got down on one knee and asked Zara to marry him when they vacayed in the UAE in January and the pair hosted a swanky engagement party to celebrate with their nearest and dearest last month.

Zara and Elliot are reportedly already planning their wedding and have grand plans for the big day.

Zara Holland now boyfriend Elliot Love
Zara and Elliot got engaged in January 2022 ©Instagram

A source close to the couple told The Sun, “Zara is over the moon, the couple are smitten with each other and are already planning a stunning wedding.

“They’re ready to make a commitment and are looking forward to their future together.”

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Georgia Steel and Jack Fowler's kiss

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Tommy Fury and Maura Higgins

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Dani Dyer crying

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Zara is believed to have met Elliot shortly after leaving the Love Island villa in the summer of 2016. She previously gushed about her partner, “We're very happy together and have such a great time. He is absolutely amazing and he's definitely the one.

“When I did just come out the villa and I was on nights out or at public appearances guys would be like ‘Can I buy Zara from Love Island a drink?’ But he just likes me for me which was so refreshing."

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When was Zara Holland on Love Island?

Zara appeared on the second series of Love Island back in 2016. She entered the villa on day one as one of the five OG girls and originally coupled up with Scott Thomas before he dumped her for bombshell Kady McDermott. Zara then coupled up with Daniel Lukakis and Adam Maxted before quitting the villa on day 22.

Zara left the show after finding out that her mum had been hospitalised just days after she was stripped of her Miss GB title for having sex with Alex Bowen. At the time, she said, "I'm so sad to leave the villa but it's important for me to get home and spend time with my mum while she gets better. I've had the time of my life on Love Island and would like to thank all of my fellow Islanders and the production team for all their support.”

How old is Zara Holland?

Zara is currently 26 years of age. She was born on 24 August 1995 and was just 20 years old when she appeared on Love Island.

Who is Zara Holland's boyfriend?

Zara is currently engaged to Elliot Love, 31, who she's been dating since shortly after leaving the Love Island villa. It's not know what Elliot does for work, but Zara says he "isn’t in the industry and doesn’t want to be".

In December 2020, Zara and Elliot were arrested at the airport in Barbados after trying to fly back to the UK after he tested positive for coronavirus. The pair faced a jail sentence for breaking the rules, but were able to escape with a fine.

Does Zara Holland have Instagram?

Yep, you can follow Zara on Instagram at @zaraholland.

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