Co Down Love Island hunk Matthew MacNabb has admitted his love life has been a little ‘tougher’ and ‘different’ since starring on the dating show last summer.
he 26-year-old from Downpatrick became a fan favorite at Casa Amor but left the villa as a single man and now appears on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
“For me, love life is just a weird mix of everything that’s going on,” he told Goss.ie.
“I just go with the flow and see how things go. It’s a little harder to date girls online and stuff now.
Before appearing on Love Island, he found it easy to get dates through apps, but he thinks his public profile made it harder.
“On Instagram DM [direct messages], you have to be much more careful. You don’t know who might try to cheat you, so it’s a bit different now,” he said.
MacNabb emphasized that he doesn’t care whether a potential girlfriend is a famous or normal person.
“I’m ready for anything to be honest. We will see what happens,” he added.
Viewers in Northern Ireland and beyond admired him after he abruptly ended things with Kaz Kamwi at Casa Amor, curtly telling her: ‘We’re done’, after she revealed that she still had feelings for fellow countryman Tyler Cruickshank.
While the Northern Ireland crush lasted just over a fortnight on the show, he didn’t stay off our screens long, making his debut on the show’s Dancing With the Stars. Republic Sunday.
The marketing consultant was forced to miss the first week of the competition after testing positive for Covid-19 and having to self-isolate. Laura Nolan, her professional dance partner, also contracted the virus over Christmas.
MacNabb, who plays Gaelic football for Russell Gaelic Union Downpatrick, had to overcome another bump in the road before donning his sequined shirt after being forced into hospital before the new year with a bad infection.
He and his dance partner from Dublin attempted to catch up over the weekend with what MacNabb dubbed his “Fifty Shades of Gray” audition.
However, judges Loraine Barry, Brian Redmond and Arthur Gourounlian only gave the duo a score of 13 for their Viennese Waltz, performed on Dangerously by Charlie Puth, leaving them bottom of the rankings.
Week three will see the eliminations begin, with the third episode airing on RTE One this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
MacNabb told RSVP Live: “I feel like I did a good job there, so I thought it was [the scoring] was a little harsh. My height can be a big advantage while being a big limiter.
“I think it can be a big advantage if I’m really well drilled in the sense that it looks a lot grander, but it takes a lot more work to get to that point than an average sized person.”
He added on Instagram, “The 50 Shades of Gray audition was decent to be honest.
“Next week we will work hard to make sure that score is higher. Thank you very much for voting, beautiful people. Thank you all and I am grateful for this experience.”
MacNabb previously said he wanted to join the show because “it seemed like a big challenge to start the new year.”