Love Island’s Lucinda Strafford ‘got back with her footballer ex Aaron Connolly before entering the villa’ – with the sports star ‘caring for her bulldog while she’s on the show’
The pair are thought to have dated for two years and recently grown close again following allegations he breached Covid-19 lockdown rules by inviting a woman to his house for sex in March.
According to The Sun, the Premier League star considers her his girlfriend and is still dogsitting Lucinda’s pet bulldog while she tries to find love in the villa.
Secret relationship? Love Island’s Lucinda Strafford has been hit by claims that she got back with her ex-boyfriend, footballer Aaron Connolly (pictured together), before entering the villa earlier this month
A source said: ‘It was meant to be a big secret because there are strict rules about it.
‘No one wants to watch a dating show where the stars are really pining for lovers back home.
‘Aaron was only too happy looking after Lucinda’s dog. It makes him feel like they are still the couple they are.’
MailOnline has contacted Love Island representatives for comment.
In a relationship? According to The Sun , the Premier League star considers her his girlfriend and is still dogsitting Lucinda’s pet bulldog while she tries to find love in the villa
Bending the rules? A source said: ‘It was meant to be a big secret because there are strict rules about it.’
It comes after The Sun previously reported before Lucinda headed into the villa that a source said the former British Airways air steward wants to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business.
A source said: ‘She wants fame and money – she’s always wanted to be a celebrity. She’s trying to become an influencer, she wants to do it for her business.
‘Aaron’s really upset and really annoyed about it. They were together for two years and then broke up.’
Detailing their strained romance, they added: ‘He was seeing other people and she was jealous, but over the past few months they’ve been seeing each other.’
Looking for love? Before Lucinda (pictured) headed into the villa, a source said the former British Airways air steward wanted to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business
They also added that Lucinda has already had a ‘lengthy psych evaluation’ ahead of her reported entry to the villa.
In March, a source told the paper that Connolly had invited a girl to the house where he’s been staying and had sex with her.
His club later confirmed they were investigating the reports of a potential Covid lockdown rules breach- which was allegedly filmed.
A Brighton club spokesperson said at the time: ‘We are aware of the allegations made and take them extremely seriously.
‘She wants fame and money’: A source claimed that former British Airways air steward Lucinda wants to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business
‘The matter will be fully investigated internally and dealt with in the appropriate manner.
‘The club has repeatedly made clear to all players and staff the need to imply with the lockdown rules, and made clear to player the added need to comply with additional measures to keep them and their families safe.
‘At this stage we will be making no further comment.’
Lucinda was coupled up with Brad McClelland but since his dumping from the villa, she is now partnered with new bombshell Danny Bibby and courting attention from Aaron Francis.
Will she find a new man? Aaron is reportedly ‘only too happy looking after Lucinda’s dog’ as she gets to know people in the Love Island villa. Pictured: Lucinda and Aaron Francis chat in a recent episode of Love Island