Patsy Palmer shared her support for new Love Island star Luca Bish ahead of his ITV debut next week by posting a sweet message on her Instagram Stories.
It is unclear how the former EastEnders star, 50, knowns the Brighton-born fishmonger, 23, but he soap star sent her well wishes after the 2022 contestants for the hit reality show were revealed on Monday.
The star, who soared to fame playing Biance Jackson in the BBC soap, reshared Maria Bish’s post of Luca’s Love Island promo snap in a pair of pink trunks.
‘You will smash it’: Patsy Palmer shared her support for new Love Island star Luca Bish ahead of his ITV debut next week by posting a sweet message on her Instagram Stories
Patsy penned: ‘Omg @lucabish all grown up and going on @loveisland we can’t wait to watch you.
‘You will smash it so beautiful, kind & funny. YAY from your Malibu crew, ‘she completed the post with several pink heart emojis.
Luca also counts former Strictly Come Dancing star Saffron Baker among his celebrity supporters
Exciting: The 2022 contestants for the hit reality show were revealed on Monday prompting the former EastEnders actress to wish the fishmonger from Brighton luck
The YouTuber sweetly wished him luck on Instagram as she posted a message underneath his latest snap, which was shared by his sister who is currently managing his account.
Ahead of his arrival at the villa next week, Luca opened up about why he has joined the show following a failed romance.
He said: ‘I was enjoying being in a relationship, there were just things I didn’t like and we drifted apart,’ he says of is new single status. The Brighton boy is ready for a new romance, and has been inspired by the lasting love stories of previous Islanders.
‘When you actually look back at Love Island, you can see how many couples it’s genuinely made. I don’t know how many Love Island kids have made but there are a few aren’t there? ‘ he says.
Friendship: Patsy penned: ‘Omg @lucabish all grown up and going on @loveisland we can’t wait to watch you. You will smash it so beautiful, kind & funny. YAY from your Malibu crew ‘
Not long to go: Luca will appear on the ITV2 reality show which will air next week
‘I prefer to meet girls out and about,’ he says of his dating patterns. ‘I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.’
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates . ‘
Luca has already revealed he isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops to impress a girl he likes, telling how he once whisked a girl on a private plane for their first date.
On the hunt for love: Brighton boy Luca is ready for a new romance, and has been inspired by the lasting love stories of previous Islanders
He said: ‘I’ve taken a girl on a private plane for a first date. She wanted flying lessons. She flew the plane and I was in the back! ‘
The ladies in the villa may have their work cut out for them when trying to impress Luca as he has ‘high standards’ when it comes to romance.
Luca, who reckons his family would describe him as a ‘class clown’ and an ‘idiot’, is planning on being the jokester of the villa.
Showbiz friends: Luca already has a showbiz in thanks to his friendship with Strictly Come Dancing star Saffron Barker
Thoughtful: The blonde beauty sweetly wished him luck on Instagram
He said: ‘A lot of laughter hopefully. I like having a bit of fun, I’m not someone who takes everything too seriously. I want to have a good time there and make sure everyone else is – you don’t want anyone sulking about.
‘I don’t think I’m a bad looking geezer but I think it comes down to personality and who can actually hold a conversation – I think I’ll be good in the Villa.
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with the guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: India Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
I don’t think I’ve ever been out with two guys who are quite the same. ‘
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them. ‘
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go. ‘
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team ‘.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Location: Newport, South Wales
Occupation: Masters Student
Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to grow together.
Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like. ‘
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think. ‘
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant! ‘