New Love Islander shares connection with former islander Toby Aromolaran
29th May 2023

ITV have announced another hopeful joining the Love Island villa this summer, and he's best pals with former islander Toby Aromolaran.

Semi-professional footballer Tyrique Hyde will be joining a number of other singletons in the Mallorca villa.

Ahead of his arrival, the new islander, 24, shared that he is deaf in one ear, making him the show's second deaf contestant, the first being season eight's Tasha Ghouri.

He said: "I’m deaf in my right ear. I’ve got a tattoo next to my left one that symbolises strength and power in my good one."

Asked what he'll be bringing to the series, he continued: "I’ll bring vibes, confidence, good energy and honesty.

"I don’t sit on the fence, if I have an opinion I will speak up. I’m also not afraid to go after what I want."

And discussing his friendship with ex-islander Toby, he explained: "Toby Aromolaran is one of my best friends, we grew up together and were in the same class at school."

After the Love Island Instagram account unveiled Tyrirque as the newest singleton, Toby reshared the announcement to his own Instagram Story, adding the text: "@tyriquehyde My brooooo, you guys aren't ready!"

Tyrique will be joined in the villa by beautician Ruchee Gurung and musical theatre performer and social media creator Molly Marsh.

And this year's Love Island will once again begin with a twist as viewers have the chance to decide which Islanders couple up in the opening episode, with voting for this opening Thursday (June 1) morning at 8am.

Fans can vote for free via the Love Island App but will only have until Friday evening at 9pm to make their choices. The first episode will then hit screens on Monday June 5.

Announcing this twist on ITV’s Good Morning Britain Love Island host Maya Jama said: “A very big surprise – the public has all the power. So for the first episode, you guys are going to decide who couples up, you vote and we listen.”

She added: "A big decision to make, as soon as you see them."

Maya continued: "You’ll see them, they get announced this morning. So you can kind of make your notes if you want. start jotting down who you think should be together. And when it starts, off you go."

Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 5th June on ITV2 and ITVX.


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