The 411 on 'Love Island's Lana Jenkins—from her famous ex-boyfriend to her MUA career

Want the DL on 'Love Island's Lana Jenkins' famous ex-boyfriend? Here's everything we know about the islander...

Love Island's Lana Jenkins picture smiling in the villa in Love Island 2023 / in a pink template
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Want the 411 on Love Island's Lana Jenkins? Well, you've come to the right place as we explore everything, from the islander's pre-Love Island career to her past relationship with a certain Hollyoaks star...

With several weeks still to come of mad moves, cringe-worthy challenges and hopefully more of Maya Jama's killer Love Island outfits—you'll no doubt want to get familiar with our new bunch of winter 2023 cast members. Starting with the villa's resident blonde, Lana—who just let slip that her most recent relationship was with a celebrity! 

So far, despite currently being in a friendship couple with Will Young, Lana has been growing closer to fellow islander Ron Hall, who has just discovered he's got some star-studded shoes to fill! 

So, here's everything we know about Lana, the villa's resident MUA, from her actor ex to her rather surprising icks...

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Who is Love Island's Lana Jenkins?

As mentioned, Lana is 25 and from Luton, which she has traded for a few weeks of sunning herself poolside in South Africa—where winter Love Island is filmed.

Ahead of her reality show stint, her Instagram follower count stood at around three thousand but this number has already skyrocketed to 64 thousand after just a few days in the villa. It's safe to say that the makeup artist is well on her way to having huge success in the beauty biz, just like former bombshell Molly-Mae Hague.

Though due to Love Island's new social media rules, while fans can still follow their fave islanders, they won't receive any updates on their feeds, unlike in previous seasons. The only place you can catch up with the villa antics is on Love Island's official social pages.

What is Lana Jenkins' Instagram?

Lana does indeed have an Instagram account, which you can find by searching @lanajenkinss (opens in new tab)—however, as mentioned you won't be able to see updates of her time in the villa on her socials.

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While you can still hit the follow button, as per the new Love Island duty of care guidelines, all islander's social media accounts will be paused for the duration of their time in the villa.

What was Lana Jenkins' job before Love Island?

Before heading into the villa, Lana worked as a makeup artist and revealed to ITV (opens in new tab)that she has actually worked with 'lots' of celeb clients in the past!

She also revealed her surprising claim to fame—sharing that when she was six, she featured in an episode of Benidorm.

Who is Lana Jenkin's famous ex-boyfriend 

In episode eight of Love Island, Lana drank during a game of 'Never Have I Ever' when another islander said they've never been in a relationship or hooked up with a celeb. Clearly curious, Lana's current love interest Ron, quizzed her about who this mystery star was, to which Lana revealed it was I'm A Celeb 2022 contestant, Ollie Warner!

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Yep, Lana Jenkins and Ollie Warner (who is also known for a stint on a reality show) did date a few years before Lana entered the Love Island villa in search of a new beau!

According to the Independent (opens in new tab), Lana dated Hollyoaks actor Ollie Warner in 2020, ahead of his appearance on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and told the press: "We ended amicably, so I have nothing bad to say in terms of our relationship and the time that we spent together.

“I watched the final and that was it because, obviously he got to the final, so that was amazing, and I thought I’d watch it out of support. But I just thought it’s a bit weird to watch your ex for an hour on telly every evening, so I didn’t bother." We wonder if Ollie will be thinking the same thinking about winter Love Island this year...

She also added: "I did send him a message when he got out and was like, ‘Well done. That’s amazing that you came runner-up.’ So it was nice.”

In the villa, Lana told Ron that she did indeed have a lockdown relationship with him and when asked if she had been in love with him—while she didn't respond—her reaction was very telling!

What's happened in Lana's Love Island Journey so far?

So far, things seem to be going well for Lana after she initially coupled up with Ron Hall, with whom sparks already seem to be flying. In fact, in one of his confessionals, Ron admitted that he could see himself really liking her. 

She also caught the eye of Love Island bombshell Tom, who gave her a cheeky smooch during one of the villa dare games. Luckily for Ron though (who if the Love Island 2023 memes are anything to go by, is also a firm favorite) Tom chose to couple up with Olivia Hawkins, instead of Lana.

As for what she's looking for from her time in the villa, perhaps a more accurate question would be 'what is Lana not looking for?' The new islander told ITV that one of her biggest icks is when boys trip over or text a question mark if you take a while to reply to their text...

She said: "I don’t mind people texting me all the time but if you send me question marks if I’ve not replied to you in a while, you’re gone. That's a really big red flag for me! Also if I see a guy trip over, that's an instant turn-off."

Thankfully, the only texts she'll be getting in the villa are from ITV producers—but try not to trip over in front of her, Ron!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.