Luke T says he didn’t find Siânnise Fudge attractive before entering Love Island – but spent just an hour away from her since they met
When OK! pull Love Island finalists Siânnise Fudge and Luke Trotman for a chat, they are exactly the breath of fresh air we need during these uncertain times.
Warm and honest, the pair are clearly head over heels in love. They happily finish each other’s sentences, and quickly reveal that they haven’t spent more than an hour apart since jetting back from Cape Town, South Africa.
Despite their obvious connection, it was a slow start for the duo in the villa. Luke originally coupled up with Rebecca Gormley, and Siânnise was in a friendship couple with Nas Majeed.
But after finally ‘pie-ing’ the competition and joining forces, the pair stayed faithful to each other in Casa Amor, and the rest, as they say, is Love Island history.
Luke, 22, hails from Luton, while Siânnise is from Bristol, and they were all set to move in together in London last month. Unfortunately, like many of us, their plans have been thrown into disarray by the coronavirus crisis.
But the ever optimistic pair are undeterred, with Luke telling us, “As long as we’re together and healthy, we’re happy.” Siânnise, 25, adds, “We’re all in this together.”
Here, the couple open up about life after Love Island and why all their eggs are safe and sound in each other’s baskets…
How have you found post-island life so far?
Siânnise: To be honest I don’t think we’ve actually experienced it properly because of everything that’s going on.
Luke: We’ve just been bouncing between Luton and Bristol really and then doing some stuff in London, and now we’re pretty much isolating.
Have you spent any time apart?
Luke: The longest we’ve been apart is about an hour! [To Siânnise] I think you got your nails done, didn’t you? And I got a haircut.
Siânnise: But that’s the only time we’ve been away from each other and it’s literally been an hour. But do you know what? We wouldn’t have it any other way. I couldn’t imagine it now, not being with you. If I turned round and Luke wasn’t there, I think I’d panic! [Laughs]
Where was your first real life date after the villa?
Siânnise: It was actually Nandos in Bristol.
Luke: Yeah, it was. We went for a cheeky one!
Love Island throws you into the spotlight quite suddenly. Have you found that overwhelming at all?
Siânnise: We’ve just been having fun with it, really. We’ve been quite lucky that everyone has been really respectful and really nice to us. We’ve just been enjoying it really and it’s nice to meet new people.
Luke: Yeah, there’s been a lot of selfies! We’ve done every single one. It’s nice to meet everyone. In Luton, it was crazy. We went to River Island and they made everyone get out and let us shop for 20 minutes. But other than that it’s been fine.
Siânnise: At the time, all we had was bikinis, swim shorts and dresses! We had to go get some clothes, we didn’t have a choice!
Have experienced the negative side of social media?
Luke: I think, at the start of both our journeys in the villa, people didn’t really like us. So seeing some of that wasn’t very nice, but other than that it’s just been positive.
Siânnise: Everyone has shown a lot of love for me and Luke as a couple, which we’re grateful for.
Have you had any arguments?
Siânnise: It’s natural for couples to have a little bicker every now and then. But within five minutes of my sass moment, he’s already made me laugh. I think it’s healthy to have a little bicker.
Luke: Yeah, we have argued a bit but I think everyone does.
How did it feel to know that winners Paige [Turley] and Finn [Tapp] beat you by less than 1 percent?
Luke: It was crazy because in the villa we thought Paige and Finn were definitely going to win. It was only when we came out that people started saying they thought we might, so we were quite shocked. We were ready to leave weeks before the final. We both said that we felt like we had won once we had each other. We weren’t bothered what happened after that.
Siânnise: We were just blessed to get that far, so it was a bonus to us really. Like Luke said, we felt like we won just meeting each other.
You both dropped the ‘L’ bomb in your final speeches in the villa. But how did you know you were in love?
Siânnise: There were so many times that I would just look at Luke, whether he was eating his dinner or brushing his teeth, and think, "I just love you!" So when I nearly said it a few times, I thought, yes, I must feel it. I’m not one to say something unless I mean it. Especially not ‘I love you’ because love is such a strong word.
Luke: For me, when I’m with her, I just feel like I’m home. I don’t think I’ve ever trusted anyone as much as I trust her. That’s how I knew really.
When you went in, did you expect to find someone so perfect for you?
Luke: No chance! I can’t lie, I thought it would just be a little holiday, a little flirt, have some fun.
Siânnise: I hoped that I would meet someone but I didn’t think I would actually go in there and fall in love. We speak about it everyday. We’re like, “can you believe we actually met on Love Island?”
You guys have said you had ‘a full English Breakfast’ [Love Island code for sex] straight out the villa. Does that mean you definitely didn’t have sex in the villa?
[Both laugh] Luke: Yes, we did say that.
Siânnise: But no, we didn’t in the villa. There were a few kisses and cuddles but we didn’t do the full English, no. I said, if he likes me that much, he’s going to have to wait!
Luke: [To Siânnise] What do you mean? I said you were going to have to wait as well! [Laughs]
Are you confident your relationship will survive when other Love Islanders haven’t?
Siânnise: Yeah, I feel really strong about us. I think it’s just how we are together, we just connect. We feel happy being in each other’s company, even if it’s just us sitting in silence.
Luke: With us, it was never the convenience of being in the villa at the same time and being single, because we went through triangles. So we know that we’re not just together because we were both single and both wanted to survive the villa. That helps.
Now they’ve gotten to know you both better, do your families approve?
Luke: We’ve been in a hotel for five or six nights but the rest of the time we’ve either been with my family or Siânnise’s family. So we know everyone now. She’s met my cousins, my mum, my dad and sister. I’ve met all her siblings. She came for a night out with my best mates from back home. They love her! Siânnise and my mum are so similar in their personalities and life experiences. They were having a two-hour chat the other night! My mum is quite sassy as well…
Siânnise: [Laughs] I knew my family would all love him!
Are they hoping to buy a hat any time soon?
Luke: [Laughs] All my mum’s friends were saying that! But both of us do definitely value family and marriage, and it’s something we want for sure. We’ve just said, once we’re in our own house and financially ready then we’ll get married.
Siânnise: Yes it’s definitely something we want. But there’s not really a timeline. I think it’s just when it feels right and when you feel ready for it.
Have you spoken about kids?
Siânnise: I always wanted kids. Same with Luke, and that was something we spoke about in the villa. I’d rather get straight to the point and find out what you both want in life, rather than beating around the bush. So we’ve said we’d like to have four.
Luke: Siânnise is one of five, I’m one of two, but my mum is one of 11, so we both have big families. We’re big family people.
What happened to to moving to Windsor, as the middle point between your hometowns?
Siânnise: Do you know what? I’ve never actually been to Windsor. But I just love that they have a castle there. But we did actually have a flat sorted in London and we were supposed to be moving in the day of our OK! shoot. We had paid a deposit and everything, but with everything going on with the coronavirus, we had to postpone it unfortunately.
Luke: But we just thought, everyone is in the same boat. At least we’re together still and both healthy.
Siânnise: Yeah, we’re all in this together and as long as everyone remains positive, that’s all we can do at this point in time. When we were in the villa we didn’t know any of this was beginning. So we came out, like, what is going on?
The decision was made not to inform you and your fellow islanders about the sad passing of Caroline Flack while you were in the villa. Was it a shock to come out to such sad news?
Siânnise: It was tough. We honestly couldn’t believe it. It was devastating news. She was such a beautiful woman.
Luke: And she was such a big part of the show as well. I don’t think the show ever would have been what it is now without her. It was heartbreaking to hear.
Who are you still in regular contact with from the villa?
Luke: We’ve seen Luke M [Mabbott] and Demi [Jones] quite a few times. We’re always texting too. We went for lunch with Nas [Majeed], as well.
Siânnise: He was making me laugh, as usual. I speak to Jess and Eve [Gale]. Rebecca [Gormley] has messaged me a few times. Even though we didn’t see eye to eye in the beginning, she has been really supportive and messaged me to see how I am, so that’s really nice.
Have any former islanders been in touch with support or advice?
Siânnise: We’ve had a few actually. Lucy [Donlan], Amy [Hart], Cally [Beech] and Kady [McDermott] have all been lovely. It’s nice to talk to people that can relate. Because I think unless you’ve been in then villa, it’s hard to understand.
Luke: Wes [Nelson] and Jack [Fowler] both messaged their support and we’ve seen Michael [Griffiths] too, who is great.
What would you both like to do next?
Siânnise: We’re very into our fashion, so we’d love to pursue that. I’ve danced since I was four years old and performing is what I love, so I’d definitely like to get back into that. I’ve always wanted to do music videos and backing dancing. But we’re open to options, so we’ll see what happens.
Video shot by Luke Smith
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