Joey Essex plotted to dominate Love Island with ex Grace before the show say fans - after spotting ‘killer clue’

Joey Essex and Grace Jackson
-Credit: (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)


It appears that Love Island isn't just a show about finding romance - it also gives viewers a chance to play detective, especially when it comes to spotting clues about contestants.

And one Islander in particular that's been causing quite a stir with fans is Joey Essex. It emerged that the former TOWIE star had a holiday fling with bombshell Grace Jackson but things soon fizzled out. However, when the blonde beauty entered the villa, the pair appeared to pick things up rather quickly and their relationship resulted in sending Samantha Kenny - who Joey was originally coupled up with - home.

Now, fans are questioning whether their relationship was 'planned' and if Joey 'plotted' to win the ITV2 dating show all along. One viewers took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to say: "Nice to know I'm not the only one who notes the lack of challenges this season of #LoveIslandUK. Joey Essex needs to go, he could've spun the block on Grace on the outside. The producers schemed this plot line. I hope karma bites Joey in the face."

Joey Essex cuddles with Grace
Fans have questioned Joey's 'game plan' on Love Island -Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Another voiced their opinion: "Never been happy that they bought in a so-called celebrity. Joey defo knew Grace was coming into the villa, they slipped up saying they were messaging a couple of months b4 entering the villa. Although here for the drama, they need to go."

But it isn't only fans who believe that Joey knew ex Grace was entering the villa before she even stepped foot in the door - as ex Islander Samantha has also dropped a huge hint.

Grace Jackson and Joey Essex
Grace and Joey had a fling before they entered the villa -Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock

The 27 year old spent two weeks coupled up with the reality TV star before Grace 'stole' him away and Samantha was soon dumped from the island. Now, on spin-off show Aftersun, Samantha has hinted Joey knew all too well his model ex would be a bombshell, as he let a huge clue slip.

She said: "I had a chat with him one day where he literally said you never know who might come through the door. And I was like 'oh, OK.'

"And that's when I was like, my toes curled and I tensed up."

Samantha Kenny
Samantha appeared to drop a clue about Joey's 'plan' too -Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Following her admission, fans have shown their support, with one tweeting: "So basically Samantha just confirmed that joey knew grace was coming in.. producers and joey essex you will crumble."

Another said: "So that’s why Samantha was constantly worried about someone coming in, Joey was the one who put that idea in her head…. I may owe you a slight apology."

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