Interview with Ruchee Gurung - one of Love Island UK's Summer 2023 contestants

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Ruchee Gurung
Age: 24
From: sutton
Occupation: beautician

Why Love Island and why now?
I’m single and looking for love, and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to find someone. I’m a relationship kind of girl, but so far it’s not worked out for me. So I’m looking forward to hopefully finding the right person in the Villa.

What do you think you’ll bring to the Villa?
I’ll definitely bring fun, but I’m also quite a direct person. I just say what’s on my mind, so I’ll bring some honesty too.

What’s your ‘elevator pitch’ for why someone should want to date you?
I’m really caring, when I’m with someone I’m all about them. I’m also really loyal and love doing nice things for the people that are special to me. My love language is gift giving, so I’m a real giver when it comes to relationships.

If there was one thing you’d want your new fellow Islanders to know about you, what would it be?
I’m very loud and outgoing.

Why would you say you’re single?
I can be quite picky and as I’ve got older, if I see one red flag I just don’t have the time to deal with it, so I can also be quite ‘no nonsense.’

How would friends/family describe you?
Honest, loyal, outgoing and fashionable. My friends always come to me if ever they need advice on what to wear.

Best / worst date story?
My worst date was this guy I decided to meet after texting loads and talking on the phone, but when I met him in person he just wasn’t matching my energy. He was super nervous. I decided to meet him for a second date, but it still just wasn’t a vibe, he couldn’t get his words out, which completely put me off.

What gives you the ‘ick’?
Guys with no ambition. I also get the ick if I see a guy wearing white jeans and red trainers. Another one is super skinny jeans when they look like leggings. Fashion is such an important thing for me. If I go on a date and the guy isn’t wearing something I like, I’m going home.

Do you fall in love quickly?
I have fallen in love quickly before, but other times I’ve been more of a slow burner. It really just depends on the person.

If you had to pick three of the most important things you look for in a partner what would they be?
Being family oriented is very important to me because I’m very close to my family. I also want to be with a guy that is motivated. Fashion is another big thing for me, they have to be able to dress because all my friends have great style. I can’t bring a guy to meet my friends if he’s in an awful outfit.

Tell us something not many people know about you?
I can sing, I studied music when I was younger but it’s just a hobby now.

This year marks series 10 of Love Island. Do you have a favourite show moment from any of the previous seasons?
I loved Maura Higgins. I feel like how she handled situations in the Villa was exactly how I would behave. I’d say any Maura moments were favourites for me, I thought she was hilarious.

If you had to pick three celebrities to be in the Villa with you as fellow Islanders who would they be and why?
Rihanna - she’s just a boss. ASAP Rocky because he’s my celebrity crush. Finally, I’d also need someone funny, so I’d bring Kevin Hart in too.

If money was no object, what would be your ideal first date?
To go on a private jet and go to Bora Bora.


This summer, Love Island is back in Mallorca and set to return for its tenth sizzling series on Monday 5th June at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX as a host of brand new singletons seek to find love.

June 5, 2023 4:00am ET by ITV Press Centre  

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