Love Island 2017: Contestant Marcel Somerville has faced heartache [ITV]
And his kind-hearted nature quickly caught the eye of Gabby Allen when she entered the villa, with the pair seeming the strongest pair among the other couples, who include Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes and Jonny Mitchell and Camilla Thurlow.
However, it seems even Marcel has faced heartache, according to his Blazin’ Squad former bandmate Ollie Georgiou who has revealed all on his best friend.
“When he was 18, 19. He was really, really in love with a girl and I think he still has feelings for her to this day,” he told new! magazine.
Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen are a strong couple [ITV2]
Asked if his ex is similar to new girlfriend Gabby, Ollie agreed the ladies have the same bubbly character.
He explained: “Yeah, she’s definitely similar. She’s bubbly and a strong character and Marcel loves that. He likes girls who are dominant and are very sociable.”
It comes as Gabby’s mum spoke to OK! magazine about her daughter, admitting she’d be “shocked” if she had sex on TV.
Gabby Allen is yet to have sex on Love Island[Wenn]
“I’d be shocked and disappointed. I hope she doesn’t for me, her brother and herself,” she said.
“She’s holding herself so well and she’d be disappointed in herself long-term if she did that.
“She said she wasn’t that type of girl so I would be shocked if she did.”
Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen had their first kiss on Love Island [ITV2]
But Paula did admit her daughter had warned her over what she could be seeing on her screen.
“She did say that she would be snogging,” she continued. “I just pretend it’s something else that I’m watching when she’s doing that.
“Before she left, her brother told her: ‘You’d better behave yourself’.”
While Gabby and Marcel have many fans inside and out of the villa, there is one former Islander who is convinced the lovebirds will win – Cara De La Hoyde.