He’s the first Islander to leave the 2023 winter series of Love Island, and now David Salako has broken his silence on his exit.

The money advisor, 24, was dumped from the South African villa after influencer Tanya Manhenga, 22, chose airport security officer Shaq Muhammad, 24, over him in the first recoupling of the series.

And opening up about how he thinks Shaq and Tanya will get on for the rest of series, David has admitted that he thinks there will be “tests” ahead for the duo.

“They’ve got a good bond, but they’ll have tests,” he said following his exit.

He continued: “Shaq will have a girl come in who likes him. So it’ll be interesting to see if his head turns. But for now they are a good couple, definitely.”

David, who picked Tanya for his first date in the villa, also admitted that he thought the biomedical science student was picking him during the tense recoupling because of her speech, adding: “I didn’t know who Tanya was going to pick. It was a 50/50 split between Shaq and I.

“The four things she said during the re-coupling, I thought were about me, and then she picked Shaq. I was like, that’s wonderful.”

David was left standing next to farmer Will Young at the end of the recoupling, with makeup artist Lana Jenkins left to choose between the two boys after Tanyel Revan picked her partner Ron Hall to couple up with.

Having struck up a friendship with Will, Lana chose the TikTok star farmer, 23, and secured his future in the villa.

The recoupling came after things got heated between the boys the night before when Shaq and Haris Kamani, 21, clashed.

Shaq wasn't impressed after David kissed Tanya during a game. Haris then asked David what the kiss was like with Tanya, leaving Shaq fuming.

An angry Shaq said: "What's wrong with you bro? You're so annoying bro. You do this all the time."

Eventually Haris went on to tell Shaq to “shut the f**k up”, as he responded: “You shut the f**k up, you f**kig pr***”. Shaq then accused the boxer of being a “sh*t stirrer”.

Haris then stood up to confront him but the other boys managed to calm the situation down, with Will holding Haris back and Ron leading Shaq away.

But following his exit David also had some advice for his fellow Islanders, saying he thinks they need to be more open with their feelings and not be worried about stepping on other people’s toes.

“I feel like people need to be a bit more confident with how they feel,” he said. “People are scared of hurting other people’s feelings, which is obviously OK.

“No-one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings. But you’ve just got to be a bit selfish in there.”

Love Island continues on ITV2 and ITVX this Sunday at 9pm and the first Love Island: Aftersun will air after at 10pm.


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