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Paige Thorne Feels Guilty About Quitting Paramedic Job To Shine On Love Island

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‘I only gave them three weeks notice’: Paige Thorne feels guilty about giving up a paramedic job to star on Love Island but vows to return to NHS once her stint on ITV2 show is over

Paige Thorne admits she feels guilty about quitting her paramedic job to shine on Love Island, but vows to return to the NHS once her ITV2 stint is over.

The Welsh Islander, 24, who qualified as a paramedic six months before the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘didn’t want to risk her chances’ to get a spot in the TV villa, so resisted her bosses giving more notice than three weeks before flying to Mallorca.

Speaking ahead of the series’ launch on Monday, Paige said she had left things “up in the air” with her current employer, although she insists that working for the NHS is her only career aspiration.

‘I haven’t told my bosses’: Paige Thorne admits she feels guilty about quitting her paramedic job to shine on Love Island – but vows to return to the NHS once her ITV2 stint is over

Paige said, “I didn’t tell my bosses in advance, I probably didn’t give them nearly enough time that I should have.

“But when you’re on the show, you don’t find out until very close to the time. I didn’t want to risk my chances and start saying things in advance.

“I gave them three weeks notice, which left it all up in the air a bit because I didn’t give them enough time, but yeah.

“I’m going to be a 1,000 percent paramedic again. I love my job, it gives me everything I could want from a job. I’m too much of a people person not to come back to that.’

'It's all kind of up in the air': The Welsh Islander 'didn't want to risk her chances' to get a spot in the TV villa, so resisted giving her bosses more than three weeks' notice

‘It’s all kind of up in the air’: The Welsh Islander ‘didn’t want to risk her chances’ to get a spot in the TV villa, so resisted giving her bosses more than three weeks’ notice

Paige became a paramedic six months before the global pandemic hit and says she had to “switch off” after intense days on the front lines.

She explained: “Before my career and before me, I’ve only known the pandemic.

“I was supported and there was a lot to make sure I was protected, but Covid is the norm for me. I feel like I don’t know any different.

“When someone is suffering from Covid, it’s very hard to see because there’s not much we can do about it. It’s one of those things you have to turn off and not take home with you.’

'I don't know otherwise': Paige became a paramedic six months before the global pandemic hit, saying she had to 'switch off' after intense days on the front lines

‘I don’t know otherwise’: Paige became a paramedic six months before the global pandemic hit, saying she had to ‘switch off’ after intense days on the front lines

Paige’s dad needed some convincing after learning his daughter had signed up for Love Island — and will refuse to watch the show when she bursts this summer.

“My mom was super, super supportive and she was like ‘no way’. My dad on the other hand was like ‘no way’ but in a bad way,” Paige explained.

“He was like, ‘You’re not really going through, are you?’

“He’s never watched the show, so in his mind, he’s made something out of it that it isn’t and he doesn’t want his little girl to go out there and do all these things, so he was really worried.

“My mom spoke to him a little bit and told him to pull himself together and support him. He eventually came over and is excited for me to bless him, but I don’t think he will tune in, to be honest.

“I can’t imagine my father sitting there, he’s too good a father, father.”

When asked what she fears most about going on Love Island, Paige admitted that she doesn’t feel prepared for the rejection she could receive from being on a dating show.

She said, “I’m most nervous about going in and not being someone’s type and just hanging out as friends and not finding any connection.

“That’s my most nervous thing – rejection. I don’t know how I will handle the rejection. I don’t know where to start. I’m going to have to laugh about it anyway and pretend I didn’t like them either and play them on their own game at friendzoning.’

  • Love Island returns for its eighth series on Monday 6th June at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub

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