Despite being seemingly plain sailing since narrowly missing out on the Love Island 2022 final, Paige and Adam may have hit a bump in the road as breakup rumors continue to swirl. So what is going on with them, exactly?
Paige Thorne was part of the original 2022 lineup and after being coupled with Jacques O'Neill ahead of Casa Amor, struck up a new connection with infamous ex-islander, Adam Collard—who made his return as a bombshell two weeks before the final, after his original stint on the show back in 2018.
The pair made it all the way to the penultimate episode, finishing fifth and despite their logistical issues (with Paige living in Wales and Adam in Newcastle), were making a good go of their post-Love Island relationship.
However, after Adam was forced to rebuff claims that he's 'cheated' on Paige—after a video allegedly showed him canoodling another woman in a Mcdonald's—breakup rumors have now begun to circulate. Here's what's going on with Paige and Adam...
Love Island's Paige and Adam: where are they now?
During their time in the villa, Paige and Adam seemed to be pretty besotted with one another, despite the challenges they faced (bombshells, unimpressed parents, to name a few...).
Soon after the arrival of the final four bombshells—Nathalia, Lacey, Jamie and Reece—26-year-old Adam even admitted to Paige, 24, that he wanted to be exclusive! We never thought we'd see such commitment from the Adam of season four...
In the end, the Love Island 2022 couple left together just days before the final and seemed to be going strong, but have these cheating rumors thrown a spanner in the works? Let's see, shall we...
Following their Love Island departure, the pair were looking good as they appeared together at the Love Island reunion on Sunday 7 August. Since then they've been spotted strolling hand-in-hand in London a couple of times.
They were also both seen partying the night away at fellow contestant Tasha Ghouri's 24th birthday celebrations, at the capital's Mnky Hse—alongside Dami Hope, Indiyah Polack, Andrew Le Page, and of course Tasha.
However, In September, a video was shared on TikTok (taken from a private Snapchat account) appearing to show Adam with his arm around another woman in a McDonald's. Thanks to the power of the internet, the video has now wracked up millions of views, forcing Adam to set the record straight...
What has Adam Collard said about those 'cheating' rumors?
Adam has denied the rumors and set the record straight. A rep told the Sun (opens in new tab) that the islander had gone into the McDonald's—and while he understands 'how this video looks'—he returned home with a box of 60 nuggets, and that's all.
The rep said: "Adam headed to McDonald’s after a night out with friends. His friends were alongside him when a group of girls asked for photos and Adam being his friendly self was open to posing and chatting to the girls, alongside other fans who wanted to chat in the same video.
“Adam understands how this video looks but wants to state that he left the restaurant with his friends and a box of 60 nuggets (with nothing or no one else) with the intention of getting home safely. Adam and Paige are currently dating and Adam only has eyes for her." So, that's that!
Have Paige and Adam broken up?
Just weeks after Adam responded to the cheating allegations, fans began to fear yet again for the fate of the Love Island couple.
Murmurs of a breakup were in the air, with the Sun (opens in new tab) reporting that Paige was taking some time away from Adam following *that* McDonald's video.
A source told the publication: "Paige is really upset by everything that has gone on and feels like she is being humiliated. She believes Adam didn’t do anything and knows women throw themselves at him.
“But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t find it difficult when people start gossiping about their relationship and share it on social media. Paige had told Adam she needs a break and to spend some time away from him."
It's also not gone unnoticed by fans that Paige has not liked any of Adam's recent Insta posts—which in these modern times, does not bode well. Paige also posted a somewhat cryptic picture of herself to her IG page with the caption 'I'm good x,' which Adam has not liked or commented on...
That being said, just days after reports that the pair were on a break (how very Ross and Rachel of them)—they were also spotted in London together. In the images obtained by the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), Paige and Adam look happy and can be seen smiling at each other and walking hand-in-hand.
Plus all their IG couple snaps still remain on their feeds—so, at the moment it seems the couple is still on but for how much longer is the question...
Are Paige Thorne and Adam Collard boyfriend and girlfriend?
So what about the couple's actual relationship status—are they still together and when did they actually become official?
Despite the TikTok video and reports that they're taking a break, it seems Paige and Adam are still together after becoming boyfriend and girlfriend the minute they left the villa.
They were spotted together amid the split rumors and their Love Island co-star, Andrew Le Page has also lept to their defense, telling the Sun (opens in new tab): "Paige and Adam are still together—they’re really good and Paige is good. The reason Adam isn’t here is because he’s had to fly to Bali. They haven’t broken up."
Detailing how he and Paige became boyfriend-girlfriend, Adam told On Demand Entertainment, former lothario Adam admitted he 'popped the question' almost as soon as they were alone together for the first time since leaving the villa.
He sweetly confessed: "It was only us for the first time. I was like, 'Right, I need to ask you now, because it’s not for anyone’s benefit, apart from mine and yours. I do really want you to be my girlfriend.'
"I didn’t even ask her actually, I just told her. I just said, 'Right, so this is a thing now, please'", to which Paige agreed, "You just told me."
We can't handle the cuteness!
The adorable pair also revealed on an episode of UK chat show Lorraine, that although they went their separate ways after landing back home—Paige back to Swansea, Wales, and Adam to Newcastle—they have since been introduced to one another's families.
We do have one question though: has Adam managed to get the approval of Paige's mom yet? Fans will clearly remember the 'Meet the Parents' episode, where she brutally told her daughter she 'wasn't buying' her relationship with Adam. Eek!
Thankfully, she seems pretty convinced of their feelings for one another now. When asked if Adam had won her mother over, Paige explained, "100%, she absolutely loves him now.
"It took all of two minutes when he came to Swansea and she was just obsessed, as were the rest of the family." Phew!
What's next for Paige and Adam?
Now that they're official BF and GF, we're dying to know what's next for the Love Island couple.
Interestingly, it seems that Paige especially is keen to return to some aspects of her pre-Island life.
On Lorraine, she revealed that she's planning a return to her job as a paramedic. She said: "Personally, for me, I have a meeting to go back to paramedic work so that will be exciting.
"I saw an ambulance with sirens on recently and I seriously had FOMO! So I am going back into that and hearing what opportunities are out there."
When asked whether she thinks it might surprise people that she's looking to return to the day job, Paige simply explained: "I genuinely love my job—why wouldn't I go back to it?
It seems Adam is also back to his job as a personal trainer, having posted Instagram pictures of himself back in the gym.
As of yet, Paige and Adam haven't revealed what's next for them as a couple, or whether they'll be looking to live closer together. It seems like things are certainly on the right track—we have had our very first Love Island split, after all...
We can't wait to see how they get on, especially given that the pair helped to provide one of the best Love Island UK seasons of all time.
Amy Hunt is a lifestyle writer and editor, and was previously Lifestyle Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She is passionate about everything from entertainment to books, to homes, food and wellness. When she isn't editing, researching or writing articles, he's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware.
- Naomi JamiesonLifestyle News Writer
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