How to watch the 'Life After Love Island' documentary and catch up with contestants post-villa

Warning: the 'Life After Love Island' documentary proves it's not all about romance and likes on social media

Contestants from season 8 of love island uk
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The Life After Love Island documentary suggests that leaving the villa isn't always a peachy-keen process. 

While some contestants go on to find romance and time in the spotlight—for example, Ekin-Su & Davide: Homecomings just premiered—others are simply left with discouragement. Channel 4's documentary series, UNTOLD, delves into ex-islanders' lives and wellbeing once the cameras stop rolling.

If you're going by season eight contestant Coco Lodge, you're not entering the odd reality dating show for a soulmate—you're going for a paycheck (one that she admits she hasn't received).

"You don’t go in there to find love. It’s a bonus if you do, but you go in there because you know what you can get after," she said in the doc, per RadioTimes. "But at the moment I genuinely haven’t been paid in six weeks after leaving the show."

For a new perspective on life post-villa, here's everything you need to know.

'Untold: Life After Love Island' documentary—what to know

While most fans are wondering which Love Island UK couples are still together after each season finale, no one really stops to think about the participants who were sent home without a partner or any influencer opportunities. 

The docu-series, which clocks in at less than an hour, explores expectations vs. reality for those who did not leave the series "successfully." Ikenna Ekwonna, Wes Nelson and others come together to explore how the disappointment affects their lives and emotions.

According to the UNTOLD series, its spotlight on Love Island also examines "a network of agents, brands, paparazzi and the public [that] helps dictate who finds fame and fortune."

For some, like Nelson, the fame wasn't worth the price of his mental health. Upon exiting the ITV2 series, he went on to compete in Dancing on Ice and scored a few social media deals. However, he became so overwhelmed by posting online that he ended up breaking contracts returning his pay. 

“[Influencing] was actually making me quite depressed, like, real depressed," admitted. "Really anxious all the time. The whole thing is very very fake. I don’t want to be a part of that."

Viewers are typically pretty entangled in the romance aspect and can't help but devour the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time. This is an entirely new way to look at Love Island, to say the least. 

How to watch 'UNTOLD: Life After Love Island' in the UK

UNTOLD: Life After Love Island hit Channel 4 on December 1. You can watch online with the proper login credentials.

How to watch 'UNTOLD: Life After Love Island' in the US

Not in the UK? No problem. Even if you're across the pond, or the world for that matter, a VPN can help you access the new doc.

A VPN allows you to change your IP address so you can browse anonymously and change your IP address so that your mobile, computer or laptop thinks it's in another location. We recommend Express VPN, the top-rated service by our colleagues at TechRadar.

Regardless of how you feel about the series, it is certainly interesting to get a new perspective. Will you be tuning in to Life After Love Island?

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.