Faye Winter.
Faye Winter explained why she couldn’t go on public first dates (Picture: Shutterstock)

Ex-Love Island contestant Faye Winter opened up about relationships after finding fame and admitted first dates could be pretty tricky.

The 28-year-old star exited the Spanish villa on the arm of her then partner Teddy Soares in 2021 – however the summer romance wasn’t to last as they split 18 months later.

After becoming a house-hold name, Faye revealed how she was navigating dating as a well-known face and explained why it was proving challenging.

Moving to Devon with her dog Bonnie following her breakup, the former estate agent said she was still looking for love, albeit through a slightly different lens now.

Chatting exclusively with Metro.co.uk, Faye explained: ‘I think there’s always a pressure to stay open with your relationships and what you’ve got going on.

‘I can’t be going on first dates and introducing them to the world, so I don’t know how I’m going to do it.

Faye Winter.
The former Islander opened up about struggling to find love (Picture: Getty Images)
Faye and Teddy.
She left the villa with her ex-boyfriend Teddy (Picture: Getty Images)

‘When I decide to come out into the public with who I’m dating – when I’m dating – obviously I will be very open about it, but I need to make sure I’m sure on the person.

‘I need to make sure they’re sure on me. So I can’t be just doing that.’

Despite the struggle surrounding a public personal life, the influencer acknowledged that her dating life was part and parcel of her newfound platform.

She continued: ‘When you come out and you’re on a dating show, people follow you for that reason.

‘I appreciate every single person that follows me, follows my journey and hopefully will always be a part of it.

‘I feel like I’m always going to have to be very open with things but I just need to make sure I’m open about them when I’m confident in them and when I know exactly what’s going on, and what’s going on in my life.’

Recently, the reality TV star was linked with fellow celeb Towie’s Pete Wicks after they were seen together at the National Television Awards.

Faye Winter.
The star is a Guide Dogs UK ambassador and moved to Devon with Bonnie (Picture: Instagram)
Peter Wicks.
She has been most recently linked to Towie star Pete (Picture: Shutterstock)

Putting rumours to rest, Faye shut down the whispers when she said: ‘Pete Wicks is a very, very good friend of mine.

‘He has also had this sort of bad boy image in the media and has this persona and I think he saw it from my point of view.

‘He’s a massive animal lover and we’ve always just got on very well. There’s nothing more to it. He’s just always been there for me.

‘Your friends are there to remind you [you’re a good person] and it shouldn’t matter about what sex they.

‘One of my other closest friends, Toby [Aromolaran], he’s one of my dearest, dearest friends and last time I knew, I was dating him – so you can’t be seen with males apparently in this industry.’

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