Weston-super-Mare’s Jake Cornish has endured some challenging times in the Love Island villa over the past few weeks.
From clashes with the girls over his Casa Amor antics to claims he tactically told Liberty Poole he loved her, it’s been a tough week for for the water engineer.
And the question that fans are debating the most, is whether our West Country contestant is a game player? Is he only in it for the £50,000 cash prize? Or is he just an innocent man desperately in love with a Liberty?
While none of these questions can be answered just yet, there is lots we know about Jake’s life outside of the constrains of the villa.
Jake decided to apply for the ITV2 dating show after a painful split.
The 24-year-old has told his fellow Islanders he is a Water Engineer but not gone into depth on what his job actually entails.
Before heading into the show, Jake revealed that there is one thing he avoids at all costs at work.
“I’m basically a handyman, a jack of all trades – just not electrics! I don’t go near electric,” he explained.
Jake has often been the villa comedian and left smiles on his fellow Islanders’ faces (when he’s not having blazing rows with them) – and his nickname on the outside world demonstrates this.
“My family would say I’m the one who is always up for a laugh, always having fun. I don’t take anything seriously. The prankster!
“My nickname is Tigger from Winnie the Pooh because I’m always bouncing all over the place. I’ve always got so much energy.”
Jake knows he has the support of his family at home and it sounds like they will have enjoyed some of his antics.
Before entering the villa, he said: “[I will miss] my mum and my nieces. They’re lush. I’ll miss the lads but I’m sure they’ll enjoy watching me making a t*t out of myself.”
The reason why Jake is on the look out for love is because his seven-year relationship ended last year, leaving him devastated.
Jake was hoping to mend his broken heart after being dumped at the start of lockdown – and it’s taken a lot for him to open up to someone again.
Lifting the lid on his relationship breakdown, Jake told The Mirror: “We just fell out of love, to be honest. We were together for so long. But there is no bitterness, none of that.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t heartbroken when we broke up, but everything happens for a reason at the end of the day.
“I signed myself up for the show. I was in lockdown and I was lonely, I guess. I couldn’t just go out and meet girls so I thought now is the perfect time to apply for Love Island.”
Asked how he’d feel if his ex-girlfriend would appear on the show, Jake admitted that he’d be highly surprised if he saw his former flame entering the famous villa but confessed there is “no bad blood”.
“It didn’t end sour of anything. But I don’t know if I could see it happening. She’s got a boyfriend now, so I wouldn’t like to think that could happen. I would be a bit worried really,” he said.
Jake has stated he is on the hunt for lasting love with a relationship like his mum and dads’, and hopes to be married and have kids by the time he is 30 in six years.
“When I’m with a girl, I treat her like the only girl in the world. I’m very old school when it comes to things like that,” he gushed.
“That’s how I’ve been brought up. I look at my mum and dad and they’ve been together since they were 16, and they’re still together now and they’re wicked. They dance in the kitchen and they sing together.
“That’s what I wanted, and that’s what I thought I was going to have in my last relationship but obviously, I’m here, so it didn’t work out that way.”
Jake claimed he wanted to find someone loyal and doesn’t trust anyone after receiving messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands.
The Islander has a number of celebrity crushes and has tried to reach out to them in real life – with not a lot of success.
He revealed his ultimate woman is former TOWIE star Billie Faiers, who brutally blanked his attempt to gain her attention.
“My ideal woman is Billie Faiers. She is my dream woman,” he confessed. “I think for a laugh once with the boys, I messaged her. I can’t remember what I messaged her. She’s a lady, she’s just lush.”
He is also a big fan of Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague because they “just look good together” and his favourite Islander of all time is fellow West Country native Chris Hughes.
Jake has been centre of attention in the villa over the last week amid claims his relationship with Liberty is one-sided and he is playing up to the cameras.
However, he has been defended by his dad Mark, who insists his son’s intentions are genuine because he doesn’t have the brain power to have a game plan.
The proud parent is adamant that Jake has “no motive” but confesses that “he speaks before he thinks.”
Mark said: “What you see on telly is Jake. There is no motive. He is genuine but he speaks before he thinks, so when you see him on the telly saying things, it’s because it’s coming from his heart and he’s just a nice lad.”
Explaining why he believes Jake confessed his love to Liberty at such a convenient moment, he said it was down to the way his previous relationship ended.
“I think that’s why in his mind, he didn’t say he loved Liberty from the beginning – because of the timing. He obviously loves her because he wouldn’t have waited so long to tell her otherwise,” he said.
*Love Island airs tonight on ITV at 9pm