‘I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels’: Love Island bombshell Rachel Finni describes her bleak love life and who she’s set her sights on ahead of explosive villa arrival
The luxury travel specialist, 29, who is set to stir things up in the villa on Sunday night’s episode, is hoping to find a serious relationship on the ITV2 series as she told how she needs ‘someone to marry me’.
Honest: Love Island star Rachel Finni has admitted she has ‘scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels’ when it comes to her love life
Discussing why she is doing the show, she said: ‘It’s a combination of two things – I’ve always been a fan of the show. It’s a great experience, you meet great people.
‘I’m someone who loves to live my life to the best. I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens.”‘
‘I think it’s an amazing way to spend the last year of my 20s, doing something that fulfils me emotionally as well. It’s more than going on Love Island for the sake of it. I’m doing it because I love the show and I need someone to marry me.’
Rachel also insisted she has always been independent and doesn’t need anyone to take care of her.
Looking for love: The luxury travel specialist, 29, is hoping to find a serious relationship on the ITV2 series as she told how she needs ‘someone to marry me’
She said: ‘I love the way modern relationships are. I don’t need a man for anything. I can buy my own home and take care of myself. I just love knowing I have another person there that I’m going through life with.
‘But I genuinely have no type. As long as you are sexy, smell nice, don’t bite your nails or chew loudly, have me!’
Asked what men in the villa have caught her eye, she said: ‘Aaron is very attractive and seems down to earth. Our jobs are similar so I think we’d have interesting conversations.
‘Hugo seems like boyfriend material – handsome, charming – and I’d like to crack his shell a bit more.
She said: ‘I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”‘
‘And Toby – he’s attractive, cheeky. I’d definitely have a lot of fun with him but I need to see if he’s worth pursuing.’
Rachel, who said she was once in an elevator with George and Amal Clooney, said her dream fate would be a ‘complete surprise’.
She said: ‘I wouldn’t want to know it was coming. Like a scavenger hunt, you go somewhere whether it’s a nice restaurant or somewhere candle lit.
‘You’re having a laugh and then you go home and you have dessert or watch your favourite film and then rip your clothes off or whatever!’
Asked how her family and friends would describe her, Rachel said: ‘Very, very independent. I don’t rely on anyone for anything. I’m very caring and spontaneous and creative.’
Her type: The bombshell also revealed that she has her sights set on Aaron Francis (left) and Hugo Hammond (right)
Crush: Rachel also said she has her eye on Toby Aromolaran who she described as ‘funny’ and ‘cheeky’
The most recent recoupling took place on Friday night’s episode with new boys Chuggs Willis and Liam Reardon in danger of being dumped.
Chuggs and the other single contestant Brad will now have to work hard to impress the latest Islander Rachel in order to keep their place in the villa.
After the recoupling, they received a text saying that incoming islander Rachel would be picking from one of them in just 24 hours, with the one not chosen being sent home.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Sharon Gaffka
Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport
Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me.
‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’
Name: Aaron Francis
Occupation: Luxury Events Host
Who is their type on paper? ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that.
‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’
Name: Liberty Poole
Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student
Who is their type on paper? ‘So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy.
‘But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’
Name: Hugo Hammond
Occupation: PE Teacher
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.
‘I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.’
Name: Liam Reardon
Are you competitive? ‘I am competitive to a certain extent. I’m not over the top. It’s always nice being a winner. If I’m in competition for a female, I want to try my best, but I won’t go too far out of my way. If she liked you that much she wouldn’t have to make a choice.’
Name: Jake Cornish
Occupation: Water Engineer
Who is their type on paper? ‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you…
‘I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!’
Name: Kaz Kamwi
Occupation: Fashion Blogger
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’
Name: Chloe Burrows
Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you.
‘And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more.
‘I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back’
Name: Faye Winter
Occupation: Letting Manager
What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’
Name: Rachel Finni
Occuptation: Luxury travel specialist
Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”.’
Name: Brad McClelland
Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.
Name: Toby Aromolaran
Occupation: Semi-pro footballer
How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’
Name: Chuggs Wallis
Occupation: Hat entrepreneur
Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of aging. Especially as half of my last year of uni was taken away and we had so many fun plans. With Covid and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed a year of my youth, so I’m really gagging to get it all back – make the most of it.’