A 23-year-old farmer from Buckinghamshire, Will Young, has been confirmed as a contestant on ITV2‘s Love Island this season, which kicks off next Monday (January 16).
Young, who already has a following of over one million on TikTok and 119,000 on Instagram, has said he is joining the villa to give him the opportunity to focus on romance away from the demands of his rural lifestyle.
“Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work,” he said.
“Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely go out and find love.
“I think I’m at the time of my life where I’m mature enough to go and find a wife.”
Young’s popular social media accounts feature videos of him shearing sheep and posing with pet lambs.
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) January 9, 2023
Young has said he meditates “every night” for 20-25 minutes after a girl he was seeing told him to start.
He has also said that he wants natural history broadcaster David Attenborough to play him, shirtless while feeding animal, if he were to have a movie made about his life.
Love Island’s 2023 winter season, which is set in South Africa, starts next week on ITV2.
Love Island is a British dating game show that sees members of the public entering a villa, where they are referred to as ‘islanders’, and placed under constant video surveillance.
To survive in the villa, the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander, and the overall winning couple that receives the most votes from the public will win a combined total of £50,000.
On the first day, the Islanders couple up for the first time based on first impressions, but over the duration of the series they can ‘re-couple’ and choose a different partner.
TV and radio presenter, Maya Jama, has been confirmed as the new host and will be taking over from Laura Whitmore, who announced she would be leaving the role in August of last year.