The two Welsh contestants on Love Island have coupled up for the first time as the popular dating show returns to our screens. 

Paige Thorne and Liam Llewellyn headed into the new villa at the beginning of the eighth series. 

24-year-old Swansea paramedic Thorne explored her new digs along with the rest of the girls: Indiyah, Amber and Gemma before presenter Laura Whitmore dropped an exciting twist on them. 

Just as the girls line up in front of the pool for the boys, Laura announces a jaw-dropping surprise: “Well girls, it’s time to couple up. There is something I haven’t told you yet - things are a little different this year.

Denbighshire Free Press: Laura Whittmore. Credit: ITVLaura Whittmore. Credit: ITV

Love Island's major change leads to first couples of the series

She added: “You thought you’d all be stepping forward for the boys you fancy the most. However, this is Love Island and you never know what to expect. For the first time ever, we asked the public to play cupid and pick the boy they thought you should couple up with.” 

The public voted for Paige to couple up with Luca and Liam was paired up with Gemma. 

Love Island fans know that the first episode is always chock full of gossip and twists and it looks like this year will be no exception.

Despite the new Islanders all being coupled up and starting to get to know each other towards the end of the first day, the drama wasn't over yet.

Denbighshire Free Press: Davide Sanclimenti. Credit: ITVDavide Sanclimenti. Credit: ITV

Italian Stallion Davide Sanclimenti entered the villa and he has turned Paige's head.

Speaking in the Beach Hut about Davide’s arrival, Paige gushed: “I’m done. I’m ready to get married. I’m ready to have babies.” 

After the first challenge of the season- a game of dares - Davide received a shocking text which read: “Davide, in 24 hours you will couple up with a girl of your choice, leaving one boy single and vulnerable #italiansnack #ciaobella”.

Could Paige be his Bella?

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First Love Island couples of 2022 series 

  • Paige Thorne and Luca Bish
  • Indiyah Polack and Ikenna Ekwonna
  • Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page
  • Amber Beckford and Dami Hope
  • Gemma Owen and Liam Llewellyn 

Love Island 2022 cast: Meet the Islanders

Here are the 11 islanders that have ITV has confirmed to be joining this years series:

Get to know the new islanders and check out their social medias ahead of the new show in our explainer here.

Love Island continues on Tuesday, June 7 at 9pn on ITV2 and ITV Hub.