Love Island star Brad McClelland has revealed that the dating show has helped him find his long-lost sister for the very first time.
The Northumberland lad left the villa last week after he and Lucinda Stafford were voted the least compatible couple by viewers.
They had to decide who stayed and who got dumped from the island – and Brad was the one packing his suitcase.
Despite being disappointed about leaving ‘Cind’ and new best pal Jake in there, the 26-year-old builder has revealed the good news that the show has brought.
In an interview on Lorraine on Tuesday, Brad shared that his whole life has turned upside down since exiting the villa.
He has finally made contact with his estranged 15-year-old sister.
Ranvir Singh, who’s sitting in for Lorraine Kelly this week, said: “Something else incredible has happened in your family, for you in particular.
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“Tell us what’s happened since you came out. Four million people are watching, everybody now knows what you look like – and then what?”
Brad explained: “So basically, I grew up just with my nana, my dad wasn’t on the scene.
“But I always knew that I had a younger sister. I tried to get in contact with her for years, searching social media and trying to find out who she was – I just had her name.”
“Basically, she reached out to us, and I FaceTimed her for the first time – the first time I’d ever seen her face and heard her voice was literally just a couple of days ago.
“My plan is now to obviously have a relationship with her and go from there.”
He then began: “So if anything’s come out of my Love Island experience it’s honestly finding…” before Ranvir interjected: “You found love in a different way. You found family love!”
It comes after the devastating reason that the reality show contestant moved in with his nan unearthed.
During his time in the villa, Brad was vocal about living with his nan in the small Northumberland town of Amble, but it turns out there is a sad history behind the living arrangement.
In 2006, the then-11-year-old and his family were left homeless after his little brother Mackenzie accidentally started a fire after playing with their mum Kimberley’s cigarette lighter.
Fortunately, the family were not injured in the fire after a postman alerted them to the fire, getting them out safely. However, the house was destroyed – leading the family to move in with Brad’s grandmother, Joyce.