Love Island's Faye Winter, 28, already relates to 'stigma' around mature dating

Former Love Island star Faye Winter revealed she was feeling the pressure to meet her match as she got older.

The 28-year-old reality star left the villa in June 2021 with Teddy Soares, also 28, however the pair’s romance came to an end after 18 months together.

Since healing from her heartbreak, the ex-estate agent moved herself and her dog Bonnie back to her hometown of Devon and has spent time ‘concentrating on wellness’.

She opened up about looking for love and admitted she was becoming tired of the constant questions surrounding her relationship status as she neared 30.

Faye exclusively told ‘I think there’s a stigma – and I can relate to this – I’m 28 and it’s all, “When are you going to find somebody? When are you going to get married?”

Reflecting on relationships that form later in life, the star shared her feelings on a show set to rival the series that made her a household name – My Mum, Your Dad.

The latest competitor to enter the dating reality show arena, ITV announced they were offering a match-making series for mature people in the hopes it could ignite new romantic flames – just as their smash hit Love Island has done every summer.

When asked if she thought it was a good idea, Faye didn’t hesitate to share her admiration for the concept.

She said: ‘I’m very excited. Oh my goodness I think it’s a great idea.

‘People are all in different parts of their lives and I think there should be a show that celebrates especially – they’re not even older people – but more mature people finding love.  

‘There shouldn’t be a taboo around it, it shouldn’t be that once you’re past a certain age you’re left on the shelf, you’re never gig to love again, you’re never going to have sex again and that’s it.

‘You’re someone’s mum and dad and that’s all your job is and I think actually we should celebrate people from all ages and all backgrounds having the opportunity to be able to be loved.’

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As for her own dating life, Faye explained that she was taking a minute to ‘get back to me’ after the whirlwind that was Love Island.

She revealed: ‘I’m definitely at a point where if I find somebody, I don’t think I would ever judge them if they’re in the public eye or not.

‘It doesn’t really bother me, I just really want somebody that is honest and I just really want somebody that just cares for animals like I do.

‘I want somebody that cares for me and also can block out the noise of sometimes being in the public eye because it is hard. You’ve got lots of opinions floating around.’

After six months in Devon, the ex-Islander’s open to broadening her relationship horizons but for now, she’s concentrating on her volunteer work with Guide Dogs UK – for which she has been nominated as a Celebrity Charity Champion in the National Third Sector Charity Awards that take place on September 22.

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