Love Island winner Amber Gill once turned the show down after being headhunted

Love Island winner Amber Gill has revealed that her story could have been very different if she'd gone on the show the first time she was asked.

The Geordie beauty won this year's show alongside Irish hunk Greg O'Shea.

But she's told fans that she was actually asked to go on the show last year, the year now-exes Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham comfortably stormed to victory.

The beauty therapist, 22, never applied to be on the hit ITV2 dating show, but was instead headhunted by producers through Instagram .

And it seems they begged her to go on the show, not once, but twice.

Newcastle native Amber turned down the show in 2018 because she was in a relationship at the time, but decided to take bosses up on their offer when they asked again in 2019 and she was single.

In an Instagram Q&A session, she told her fans: "I didn’t actually apply to go in the villa, I got asked via Instagram.

"I did actually get asked the year before but I had a boyfriend – but let’s not talk about him.

"When I got asked again I thought, 'Why the hell not? Let's try it'."

It comes after the shocking revelation of how many people actually apply to be on the show, despite it being advertised a lot in the run up to the series and throughout it.

A DCMS Committee report into reality TV revealed that only 16% of this year's 36 Islanders were chosen through the application process – which saw 85,000 people apply.

That means a whopping 83% of people on the show this year were either found and cast by the programme's casting team or put forward by professional agents.

The report said: "On series 5 of Love Island to date (15 July), there have been 36 contributors.

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