Love Islands Lucinda Strafford got back with footballer ex before entering villa

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Lucinda Strafford reportedly got back together with her footballer ex Aaron Connolly before going on the hit ITV dating show Love Island.

Premiere League star Aaron, 21, who plays as a forward for Brighton & Hove Albion and the Republic of Ireland national team, is said to consider Lucinda his girlfriend and is currently looking after her pet bulldog while she's in the luxurious Majorcan villa.

The pair reportedly broke up earlier this year but after reuniting Aaron was left "furious" to learn she would be going into the mansion to meet singletons in a bid to find love and win £50,000.

Despite this, the Irish star took the blonde beauty to the airport to catch her flight to Spain, according to The Sun Online.

“Lucinda and Aaron reconciled before she went on Love Island," an insider told the publication. “It was meant to be a big secret because there are strict rules about it.

“No one wants to watch a dating show where the stars are really pining for lovers back home.

“Aaron was only too happy looking after Lucinda’s dog. It makes him feel like they are still the couple they are.”

OK! Online has approached Lucinda and Aaron's respective representatives for further comment.

Lucinda has been busy since she made her grand entrance in the villa as she immediately struck up a connection with Brad McClelland, 26.

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However, after the pair were voted the least compatible couple, Brad decided to sacrifice himself, explaining: "I've had my time in here, I'm not going to be selfish."

While the couple questioned whether they should leave together, Lucinda opted to stay in the end. Brad later added: "If she finds someone, then I'm happy for her, if she doesn't… she knows where I am!"

Brad may be out of luck though as just 24 hours after he left, luxury events host Aaron Francis, 24, pulled Lucinda over for a chat, where he admitted: "Honestly, I’d prefer to get to know you.”

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Despite this, new bombshell Danny Bibby, 25, chose the fashion boutique owner to be coupled up with, but it didn't stop Aaron from making a move.

On Sunday evening's episode, which saw 25 year old Sharon Gaffka dumped from the villa, Aaron attempted to kiss Lucinda while Danny was close by – but she swerved in an awkward scene.

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