Love Island 2023contestant Tom Clare, whoentered the villa as the first bombshell, revealed his actual age on the ITV2 programme this week, leaving viewers in utter disbelief. Many of those watching at home insisted that there is "no way" he is telling the truth, believing the Islander is much older than the 23 years old he claims to be.
The singleton came under scrutiny on Twitter as viewers claimed the semi-pro footballer from Barnsley is 'lying' and is at least 10 years older than he says. One viewer tweeted in dismay: "Tom cannot be the same 23 as me. Why does he look he could be one of my mates Dad’s ??"
Another fan joked: "Sorry did Tom say he was 23? He also looks 30.."
A third wrote: "Tom is 23 ain't no way??"
The comments didn’t stop there with another tweet reading: “Tom is not my age mate stop lying”, while a fifth said: “Tom's 23!?!? I thought he was at least 27."
Tom is not the only Islander accused of lying about his age, with many finding it hard to believe thatKai Faganis only 24 years old. But what about the rest of the Islanders?
The youngest Islander this season is Anna-May Robey at just 20 years old, followed by Haris Namani at 21 and Tanya Manhenga at 22. Along with Tom, Will Young is 23, Shaq Muhammad is 24, Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins are 25, and Tanyel Raven is 26. Olivia Hawkins is the oldest of this year’s Islanders at age 27.
Tom entered the villa this week as a bombshell, withfans quickly drawing comparisonsbetween the footballer and former Islander, Jake Cornish, 27, who appeared on the 2021 series.
Jake wasn't the only comparison that viewers of the show drew from newcomer Tom, with others mentioning former Love Islanders Hugo Hammond and Adam Collard, and another even suggesting Dancing with the Stars' Curtis Pritchard.
Tom was voted in by the public on the first episode of the show, much to the shock of the first ten contestants, who had only just partnered up into their couples. Since his arrival into the villa,Tom has already ruffled feathers , as Kai declared the boys "vulnerable" as Tom set about getting to know the girls.
Speaking in a VT, Tom said that he's a "good laugh, a good vibe", adding: "I’m not snakey, I don’t like that kind of stuff. If I’ve got an issue with someone I’ll speak to them."
When asked why someone would want to date him, he revealed: "I’m loyal, trustworthy, family-orientated. I don’t like to just sit in, I like to do fun dates. I’m very protective."
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