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ITV Love Island star Adam Maxted on his WWE dream and why he didn't have sex on TV

By Ali Gordon

Love Island finalist Adam Maxted kept it clean on national TV to pursue his wrestling dream.

The Belfast hunk was one of the few contestants on the hit ITV show not to have sex in front of millions of viewers.

“I said to myself that there was no way I was going to risk my future and my dream - no matter how good looking the girl was or how much there was a connection or how much I wanted to do it,” Adam told Sunday Life.

“My dream is to be in the WWE [the world’s biggest wrestling entertainment company] and it’s such a child-based market so I wasn’t ever going to ruin my chances of getting onto that because I’d had sex on TV.”

But it wasn’t just his wrestling career that he was concerned about — it was his number one fan.


“All I wanted was for my mum to be proud of me and she was so that made the world to me,” said the 24-year-old personal trainer.

“I don’t think she’d have been too happy with me getting up to that for everyone to see on TV.

“She runs Believe Fit gym in Ballyhackamore and she’s my absolute hero so it meant a lot to me what she thought. Along with my sister, we’re extremely close.”

While Adam failed to find ‘the one’ on Love Island, he’s still on the lookout for the right girl.

“The main reason I went into the villa was to get exposure for my wrestling and it’s worked.

“If I can smash the matches I have in England over the next few months then I’ll hopefully get put on the WWE map next year,” said the east Belfast gym buff.

“I’m very self-motivated and I don’t really rely on people but if I could find a girl that will add to my life in a positive way then I’d definitely be up for it.

“It would be good to find someone and if they were from Belfast, even better.”

Adam quickly became one of Love Island’s most liked contestants thanks to his metaphors, which included choosing a new housemate based on their likeness to Haribo sweets and complicated girls being like Playstation levels.

“I was walking through Belfast the other day and girls stopped me for photos and all I got was ‘can you give me a metaphor?’ but it doesn’t work like that. You need a situation,” he laughed.


Adam is being kept busy with a host of club appearances across the UK but he hopes to keep in touch with his fellow Love Island contestants.

“Things have been really busy but I don’t mind because I know it won’t last forever so you have to lap it up,” he said.

“I was actually approached to do Take Me Out but I thought that it was a bit cheesy and it’s only on for one night so I thought Love Island was a better opportunity.

“I made friends for life on the show, that’s all real, and it’s been good for my wrestling career so fingers crossed with a bit more hard work the WWE won’t be too far away.”


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