Love Island's new bombshell Leah Taylor is best friends with a former Love Island legend

Wait, what?!

Leah Taylor before entering the Love Island UK 2023 villa
(Image credit: ITV Pictures)

The Love Island UK 2023 cast keeps getting better and better, with new bombshells coming in—including brand new islander Leah Taylor, who came in on Monday, June 12 (need to catch up? Here's how to watch Love Island UK). But it turns out that before she entered the villa, she was already really good friends with another (former) islander—none other than Love Island icon, Maura Higgins.

This year's islanders aren't short of famous connections—Zachariah's sister Snoochie Shy is a famous radio DJ and TV present who's also good friends with the host of the show, Maya Jama; Molly Marsh's mother is a soap actor and she apparently used to date Tommy Fury (who was actually one of Maura's romantic interests when she was in the villa); and Tyrique's dad is a former soccer player. But now we can add Leah to the list too...

Leah Taylor and Maura Higgins' friendship

Judging by their Instagram profiles, new Love Island UK bombshell Leah Taylor and former islander Maura Higgins are really good friends. The two recently vacationed together just a few months ago in Dubai (February 2023) and frequently comment on each other's Instagram posts, hyping each other up like besties usually do.

Under Leah's vacation picture dump, Maura complimented her looks, writing: "Carved by the gods". Leah on the other hand commented "Love you lots 🫶🏼" under Maura's post. Cute!

So far, Maura has not publicly supported her friend but given that Leah only entered the villa yesterday, it's still early days...

What else do we know about Leah Taylor?

Leah is from Manchester and currently works in social media marketing. Before her current gig she used to be a dancer and actually performed with the likes of Rita Ora and Camila Cabello. 

Did Leah date former Love Island contestant Danny Williams?

Apparently Leah dated Danny Williams, who was on the show in 2019. Danny was a controversial islander as he coupled up with Yewande Biala but left her for Arabella Chi (which did not go down well with viewers at the time). Danny and Leah started dating in 2020 and broke up last year. He seems to have moved on with Beckie Hughes, a 'Fulfilment Coach' according to her Instagram page.

How old is Leah Taylor?

The new Love Island UK bombshell is 27 years old.

What is Leah Taylor's Instagram?

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is Editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for titles including woman&home and Goodto, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle — from beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with reality TV (Love Island memes included) and spends far too much time checking her horoscope and figuring out the perfect curly hair routine.