Love Island star Paige Turley won’t be surprising us with a small pandemic wedding ala Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling, as the reality star plans to have a ‘big’ ceremony with boyfriend Finley Tapp in the future.
The happy couple won the winter series of ITV2’s Love Island in January and are still going strong making them one of the few long-lasting couples from the dating programme.
After leaving the villa, Paige, 22, and Finn, 21, took the plunge by moving in together this summer and they now share a cosy pad in Manchester.
Their relationship is going swimmingly for now and while they have plans to tie the knot one day, Paige and Finn won’t be rushing down the aisle just yet.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Paige – who has released a stunning cover of John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (The War Is Over) – revealed she’s started binge-watching Olivia Attwood and her fiancé Bradley Dack’s new series Olivia Attwood Meets Her Match about their wedding planning.
‘I’ve actually been watching Olivia and Bradley who are going to get married and I take my hat off to people having a really small, sentimental wedding,’ Paige said.
She added of her own nuptials: ‘I think because we’re so close to our families we’d rather wait and have a big day.
‘It’s hard because you don’t know if it’s going to happen [for Olivia and Bradley] but fingers crossed for them.’
Paige and Finn have settled into cohabiting nicely but admits she did discover one annoyance about her boyfriend.
The singer revealed: ‘When we first moved in, I was complaining a lot because he can be quite lazy but he’s actually got a lot better as he probably got bored of me complaining. He’s really good at cooking, I don’t have many complaints about him to be fair.’
Like any couple, Paige and Finn bicker but they’re rarely serious as she said: ‘They’re actually quite comical.
‘The other he was hoovering the worktop and I was like, “Hang on, we eat from there”. It’s just stupid stuff and you have to walk away but it’s quite funny and you just have to laugh. Some of our arguments are totally ridiculous.’
Finn makes a surprise appearance in the music video for Paige’s charity cover of Lennon’s Christmas classic and he couldn’t have looked more excited to land a cameo.
‘He was having such a good day, he likes to be involved,’ Paige laughed, adding: ‘He was like, “Can you set up hair and make-up for me, I’ll be the backing vocalist”. I thought it’d be nice; he could get in on the end part.
‘It’s nice for him to gain an understanding of how things work musically and when football comes back, I’ll be asking all the questions. It’s nice to have an understanding of each other’s passions.’
Paige has teamed up with Action For Children for the Christmas release with proceeds going towards their efforts in supporting vulnerable families and children across the UK.
The musician said of the partnership: ‘I had done a bit of work for the charity earlier on in the year and I was just so touched by what they’ve done for young people and children. Christmas is always a time for children and family and with the restrictions coming in, we were unsure whether we’d be able to spend it with families so I just want Christmas to be a bit more sentimental.
‘I thought having this platform it’d be nice to spread some Christmas spirit and help some young people and children out in the meantime.’
Covering a song by a Beatles legend isn’t an easy feat but Paige has always had an attachment to Happy Xmas (The War Is Over) and knew it was the right cover for her.
She explained: ‘It’s always been a favourite of mine as a song and I think the lyrics when you listen back, it makes a lot of sense to what’s happened this year. So, it just felt right and when I was singing it, I felt emotional knowing we could relate to it in some sense after the year we’ve had.’
Paige isn’t in the running for Christmas number one this year but a festive campaign is something she’d consider in the future.
‘Financially it wouldn’t be bad but I think recording Christmas songs in March time would drive me a bit mad so I’d leave it to at least May,’ she said.
The reality star has used the lockdown wisely to start writing songs and plans to release a body of work next summer. She joked there will be no break-up songs unless Finn ‘chucks me’ which, let’s face it, certainly won’t be happening.
For now, the couple are looking forward to spending their first Christmas together and hope to visit both families if the coronavirus restrictions allow.
‘Hopefully we’re going to wake up in our flat, then go to Scotland for a couple of days and then back to Manchester where Finn’s family are going to meet us and we can have Christmas part two,’ Paige revealed.
The pair have admirably decided against splashing out on expensive presents for each other as they have a bigger goal in mind for 2021.
‘We’ve actually agreed this year instead of buying each other presents, we’re just going to put money towards going away on holiday. We could buy each other materialistic stuff but we thought we’d just wait and buy ourselves a holiday,’ Paige revealed.
Paige’s version of Happy Xmas, War Is Over by John Lennon is available to view on her YouTube channel with 100% of all revenue and proceeds from the video being donated to Action for Children.
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