This Controversial Couple Just Won Love Island UK 2021

Millie Court and Liam Reardon placed first on Love Island UK, but not everyone is thrilled after his antics at Casa Amor. Here's what fans are saying about their "disappointing" win.

By Lindsay Weinberg Aug 23, 2021 11:27 PMTags
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The king and queen of the villa are Millie Court and Liam Reardon!

The rocky couple won season seven of Love Island UK, host Laura Whitmore announced during the finale on Monday, Aug. 23. Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran got second place, Faye Winter and Teddy Soares were third and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank came in fourth.

Afterward, Millie told fans in a video she "cannot believe we've just been crowned the winners of Love Island!" The 24-year-old Essex native continued, "Thank you so much everybody who voted for us. It means the world. We've had literally the summer of our lives. We're gonna leave here and now explore our future together. We can't wait, can we?"

Liam, 22, added, "Thank you everyone. We're leaving together to continue our journey, so thank you." 

However, fans on Twitter weren't exactly satisfied by their win, as viewers were skeptical of Liam's intentions after he cheated on her by kissing new girl Lillie during the Casa Amor episodes. 

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On air, Millie told Liam he "betrayed" her, and he responded by saying, "I only want you, I don't want anyone else... I'm here for you, and I'm going to do whatever I can to get that back. I'm crazy about you," per the Mirror.

As one fan wrote, "this had me SCREAMING he cheated on national tv and STILL got the £25k."  

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Former winner Amber Gill shared her raw reaction on Twitter, saying, "If Millie didn't get back with Liam I would have wanted her to win!" She later tweeted an angry emoji and question marks, seemingly in response to their crowning moment. 

Twitter users then shouted (into the online void) for Millie to steal the prize money as "revenge" for his actions in Casa Amor. One wrote that "the only thing" that could save the finale is if Millie took all the money for herself, instead of sharing it with her partner. "how iconic would it have been if millie just stole the money though and said SIKE," another teased, as the reality stars decided to split the 50,000 pounds equally. 

That led fans to call Millie a "mug" after her guy "embarrassed" her on television and she still shared the prize. Joked another, "Liam had the best fun, lipsing two girls at the same time, got his girl back and secured 25k. What a holiday." 

Other viewers were more serious with their criticisms, with some alleging the show is "rigged" and "racist" since Liam and Millie were the only all-white couple in the final four. 

Amber retweeted a user that claimed, "Let's not pretend … We all knew who was gonna win. This s--t is scripted. It's the same every year… The only shocking season was when @AmberRoseGill won!"

Keep scrolling to see where Love Island's top couples stand today.

Millie Court and Liam Reardon: Still Together

The Love Island UK champs brought their love story out of the villa and into the real world in August 2021, after their loyalty was put to the test in Casa Amor during season seven. 

Cely Vazquez and Johnny Middlebrooks: Split

The two found love on season two of Love Island USA, which aired in summer 2020. They announced their breakup in January 2021.

Zac Mirabelli and Elizabeth Weber: Split

Ah, young love. The winners of the inaugural season of the U.S. version (who paired up on day one and never parted) dated for several months before calling it quits at the end of 2019. "The breakup was mutual and we have left on amicable terms," Zac wrote on his Instagram Stories. "We simply wanted different things."

In her own statement, Elizabeth added, "Although I had wished things could've turned out differently life doesn't always work out the way we could've hoped sometimes."

Dylan Curry and Alex Stewart: Split

The runner-ups dated for several months before calling it quits in late November 2019, posting statements on their respective Instagram Stories. "Alex and I are no longer together," the lacrosse coach shared. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Alex explained that "heartbreak is hard," adding, "Our story was a Fairytale romance for me, but sometimes things just don't work out."

Caro Viee and Ray Gantt: Split

While they didn't win, the fan-favorite couple tried making long-distance work, traveling to spend the holidays together. However, Caro publicly announced that she ended the relationship in a July 2020 YouTube video. "I just don't feel like he was committed to the relationship like I was," she said. "So that's why I decided to break up with him."

Kyra Green and Cashel Barnett: Split

After delivering one of the U.S. version's most unexpected couplings, with Kyra choosing to leave the show to see if she still had a shot with Cashel after sending him home…except he had already come back, the musically inclined couple, who started their own YouTube channel, split in October.

But by the end of November, they had reconciled, confirming to fans on Instagram that they were back together.

Alas, they ended their relationship for good (at least for now?) in February 2020, with Cashel learning on the #NoFilter podcast that Kyra had unfollowed on him on social media. "We had a good go," he said. "I think we're just in different places in our lives...I think she blocked my number, to be honest."

Cash is now dating Alexandra Karacozoff.

Weston Richey and Emily Salch: Split

Despite the other couples in the villa and most of America not fully believing in their future, Weston and Emily managed to date IRL for a bit before going their separate ways. While neither publicly commented on the split, Emily revealed in an Instagram post that she was spending Valentine's Day solo.  

Finley Tapp and Paige Turley: Still Together

The winners of the first-ever winter season of Love Island coupled up almost immediately, staying together despite all of the obstacles the villa presented. And the winning pair are still going strong, with Paige, 22, recently moving to Manchester to live with the 20-year-old soccer player. 

"So excited for everything to come with this one, here's to the future," Finley captioned a photo announcing they were taking a huge step in their relationship.

Luke Trotman and Siânnise Fudge: Still Together

After initially having a rough go of it in the villa, Siânnise found her fairy tale romance after Luke was brought in. The pair would go on to come in second place and have been inseparable since returning to the real world, moving into their first apartment together.

"In you, I've found the love of my life & my truest friend," the beauty consultant captioned a photo of the two, while Luke threw his girlfriend a lavish Disney-themed 26th birthday party. 

Callum Jones and Molly Smith: Still Together

The scaffolder became one of the most hated men in the U.K. when he dumped fan-favorite Shaughna Phillips after falling for Molly Smith during his stay at Casa Amor, with the public eventually voting the pair out of the villa.

But Callum and the model are still going strong, with the 23-year-old even telling Mail Online marriage could be in the near future. 

"Never say never, that's all I'm saying! It's not on the cards yet but who knows," Callum said. "I would definitely like kids in the future but like I said, we've only been together like five months, so it's still a bit early for kids at the minute!"

Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico: Still Together

While he started off season six as a fan-favorite, Nas ended up losing support after breaking things off with Demi Jones to be with Eva Zapico post-Casa Amor.

Nas and Eva, however, remained together despite being voted off the show, and they made their relationship official in July 2020. 

Luke Abbott and Demi Jones: Split

One of the winter season's most unexpected couples went on to come in third place, though they split a couple of months after leaving the villa.

"We've completely called it off now. I think it was brought about more from his behalf than mine, but we're mutual and friendly," Demi told MailOnline in June 2020. "With lockdown, it drove us apart and we live so far away from each other. I feel like there wasn't a lot of effort made with communication, so we drifted as a result."

Luke has since coupled up with season five's blonde bombshell Lucie Donlan, with the pair confirming their romance in July 2020.

Ched Uzor and Jessica Gale: Split

Season six's low-key pair came in fourth place, going on to date for several months before breaking up in June 2020. 

"To confirm, myself and Ched have split, we are still good friends and I wish him all the best x," Jess informed her Instagram followers. "Thanks for all the support you have given us since the villa."

Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea: Split

Sigh, this one stung. Don't you just hate it when the winning couple is one of the first ones to split? After getting together just weeks before the finale, with Greg being one of the last Islanders to join the villa, the fan-favorite pair managed to win season five. But they broke up just weeks later. 

After some mild controversy and back and forth between the couple over how exactly the split went down (apparently Greg, a rugby player based in Ireland, ended it via text), Amber said on Loose Women, "I think the careers and the distance was always a factor. It was always something that we knew about, so I don't know what changed. I kind of wanted to make it work, but it is what it is, really."

As for Greg, he defended himself, saying on RTE's The Late Late Show, "She lives in the UK, every brand wants to work with her, every event wants her there, of course, she deserves all of it and I decided to come back to Ireland and do my thing here."

Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury: Still Together

After a dramatic start to their romance, the Instagram influencer and the boxer quickly became season five's most solid couple...which is why it was so surprising when they came in second. But the young couple are still together and seem happier than ever, recently vacationing in the Maldives and sparking engagement rumors after he gifted her with a ring for Christmas. Alas, they aren't engaged just yet.

Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins: Split

Arguably one of season five's most polarizing pairs after enduring their fair share of drama, Curtis and Maura proved their doubters wrong: the couple is still together, with Maura currently competing on Dance On Ice in the UK and Curtis, a professional ballroom dancer, landing a gig on Greatest Dancer. They are one of just two remaining couples from their season in the villa.

"I think trust one another, don't believe everything you read in the press and one main thing: don't let fame get to your head," Maura said on UK's This Morning of how they've made their relationship work. "You just need to stay grounded."

Unfortunately, the pair broke up in March 2020. 

"Curtis and I have made the decision to separate," Higgins wrote in a note posted to her Instagram Stories. "We enjoyed a great experience from our time in the villa and want to thank everyone for supporting our relationship."

Ovie Soko and India Reynolds: Split

While they got together later than a majority of the couples in the villa, with the fan-favorite Ovie making his debut during the infamous Casa Amor episodes and India joining even later, the pair made it to the finals, coming in third place. 

Shortly after winners Amber, Ovie's BFF, and Greg announced their split, the professional basketball player and the model quietly parted ways as well. 

"Obviously it's difficult, but any break up is difficult," India told the MailOnline. "It's even more difficult when it's in front of the rest of the world, but I'll be fine. I'm lucky I've got a really close group of girlfriends, they've been really looking after me."

Lucie Donlan and Joe Garratt: Split

Fans were surprised when Lucie and Joe, who first paired up together on day one before he was voted out of the villa and she quickly moved on by dating multiple other men in the villa (and admitting to having serious feelings for a taken Tommy), revealed they were dating after their season ended.

But just like their initial romance, the surfer and the sandwich maker's second attempt fizzled out, with the couple splitting in early December 2019.

Anton Danyluk and Belle Hassan: Split

While they were the second season five couple to call it quits soon after their time in the villa came to an end, Anton and Belle remained friends, though he ruled out any chance of a romantic rekindling.

"No, definitely not, it's just not that type of relationship," the fitness app creator told Mail Online. "We're so friendly now, it would be like dating your sister, effectively. It's not that kind of relationship anymore."

Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt: Still Together

Just when viewers were worried all hope was lost for season three fan-favorite Camilla, Jamie, a Calvin Klein model who also read books (aka a villa unicorn), entered late in the game and it was clear who he had shown up for. Swoon. 

While they ultimately finished in second, Camilla and Jamie are still going strong over two years later, living together and starting their own company, Love Jamila. (BTW, we love Jamila. Please don't split up!) In May 2020, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. 

Dom Lever and Jess Rose: Married

Despite her surprise early ouster from the villa (with Dom choosing to remain in the game) and the cheating allegations that followed, Dom and Jess proved to be one of the series' strongest love stories, continuing their relationship after he was voted off the show. 

The season three couple wed in October 2018 and welcomed their first child, a son, the following October. "Here's to 2020 with a full heart and everything I could ever want," Jess wrote in an Instagram post on New Year's Day. Talk about Love Island goals. 

Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey: Married

Talk about the ultimate Love Island success story: season two's winning pair after meeting in the villa in 2015. The duo exchanged vows in June 2019. 

After Cara learned she was pregnant with their first child in May 2017, the couple briefly split before reconciling and welcoming their son, Freddie, in December 2017. Nathan proposed to Cara in July 2018, bringing her back to the place where it all began—the villa, of course—to pop the question.

Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland: Married

After coming in second place on the 2016 season, Alex and Olivia got engaged the following year, with Olivia even appearing on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress to find her dream wedding gown. 

The season two pair exchanged vows in a September 2018 ceremony, with their wedding process and life was newlyweds being documented for TLC's Olivia and Alex Said Yes and then Olivia and Alex: Happily Ever After.

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