Cast your minds back four years (yep, it really has been that long) and we were absolutely hooked on the mischievous antics of Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay, Camilla Thurlow’s blossoming romance with Jamie Jewitt, the dramatic love triangle between Jonny Mitchell, Tyla Carr and Theo Campbell and the historic moment Casa Amor opened its doors for the first time. Seriously, series three is a CLASSIC.
Another of our favourite moments from the series was when Montana Brown finally met her match in Alex Beattie after weeks of friendship couples. The pair found a spark when Alex entered the main villa as one of six bombshell boys during the Casa Amor twist and made it all the way to the end of the series before they were cruelly dumped just TWO days before the final.
Although Alex has taken a bit of a step back from the public eye, he still works as a personal trainer and regularly documents his workouts and shares fitness advice with his followers on Instagram.
However, it turns out Alex hasn’t always been as ripped as he is now as he shared side-by-side shots of his jaw-dropping transformation shortly before entering the villa.
In the first snap, Alex is barely recognisable without his trademark muscles as a teenager, while the second picture shows the buff reality star we got to know and love during his time on the ITV2.
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“Four years bro, no 'if onlys' over here,” he captioned the post.
Alex explained how a combination of hard work in the gym, clean eating and being consistent had helped him sculpt his muscular physique and forge a career as a fitness model and PT.
Fans were loving his transformation at the time, with one of his followers writing, "Credit where credit's due."
Another added, "Awesome transformation!"
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Although they thought they’d found love in the villa, Alex and Montana’s relationship just wasn’t meant to be and they split only weeks after they returned back to the UK. Montana confirmed the news in a statement, writing, “Alex and I have decided to split. Making our relationship work on the outside has been hard. He hasn’t been the same since coming out the villa. Despite this we are still close and I will always support him.”
It’s not known whether Alex is dating anyone at the moment, but Montana went Instagram official with her new man Mark O’Connor earlier this week – nine months after they were first pictured on a romantic getaway in Barbados.
She posted a series of adorable snaps of them cosying up in a photobooth and wrote, “Appreciating my hunky man. I know I’m a handful but that’s why you have two hands 🤷🏽♀️😎.”