It’s 3 pm on a Tuesday afternoon. Frankie Foster just about has time for a quick 10-minute chat. As manager of Cheltenham-based Gym 66, he’s been tied-up with admin duties, running social media accounts and throwing in those oh-so-popular late-night spin classes.
Mix in a two-hour train journey to London and back to see Samira, and Frankz is exhausted. His lifestyle is a far cry away from the finalists; Wes and Megan, Laura and Paul, Josh and Kaz, Dani and Jack. Their faces are plastered across ITV breakfast shows and life making money through millions of Instagram followers is starting to take shape.
But that’s fine, right? Because all of those couples were more real and more genuine than Frankie and Samira.
No Hideaway? No Nothing!
Frankie and Samira were dumped on days 37 and 40 respectfully, meaning they were booted from the villa around two weeks before the final.
They were never realistically in the running for the £50,000 jackpot, although it has been well documented that a lack of airtime was the reason for their downfall.
Boring Frankie Foster, that was his nickname…
Frankie said: All my boys at home were watching it and thinking ‘why aren’t they showing the real Frank?’ They didn’t show much of me, so my personality was never going to come across.
They didn’t show mine and Samira’s night in the Hideaway or anything. Love Island producers are going to cover the stories they want to cover and, sadly, that wasn’t me and Sam.”
Lest We Forget – Samira Walked!
Given, you would have expected Dani Dyer to walk straight out of the Majorca villa should boyfriend Jack Fincham have randomly got the boot.
But could the same be said for finalists Wes Nelson and Megan Barton-Hanson? Or even Jack Fowler and Laura Crane, who also made it further than Frankie and Samira.
And Dr Alex and Alexandra Cane definitely wouldn’t have displayed the same levels of devotion, either.
Samira walked for Frankie. He met her at the airport. They have been loving each-others company ever since.
A Flawed Voting System?
The Love Island voting system requires the general public to vote for their favourite Islanders.
It meant that in every round bar one, Jack and Dani topped the list. A pretty pointless voting system, then.
With significantly reduced air-time to others, nobody was going to vote for Frankie! However, few people would have cast votes to say that they disliked him… after all he did nothing wrong.
There might be someone who is popular but has done something wrong, so they’re severley disliked around the time of the voting. This doesn’t matter or come into account with the voting system.”
A Real Couple Now Outside of the Villa
Frankie and Samira look like a real couple now they are outside of the villa. They spend as much time together as possible but juggle commitments between work, social life and living in different cities.
The likes of Meg and Wes (recently moved in together), however, have accelerated their relationships at 100 mph in efforts to look more ‘real’ and more ‘in love’.
But, as Frankie says, this isn’t a real reflection of couples in their young-20’s.
I find all of the comments about me and Samira not being together 24/7 so baffling. I’ve got so many friends around my age with girlfriends and none of them have moved in together.
I don’t know why people aren’t more realistic. This is a real relationship and it’s better that way – we’re not doing anything unnatrual because of Love Island. Take Wes, he’s 20, and I bet no-one his age lives with their girlfriend.”