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Love Island's Laura Anderson Is Expecting Her First Child

The reality star made the happy announcement on Instagram.

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'Love Island's Laura Anderson at a press event in London
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With the dating show’s new Winter Edition in full swing, there’s buzz about Love Island in the air again. While the villa is now filled with brand new contestants pulling each other for a chat once more — not to mention a scattering of muggy behaviour — one of the show’s alums recently shared a major announcement. But, who is Love Island's Laura Anderson dating?

Anderson was most recently in a relationship with actor Gary Lucy, best known for his roles in Footballers Wives, Hollyoaks, and EastEnders. The pair reportedly began dating after meeting on E4’s Celebs Go Dating and spent their first Christmas together in 2022. Less than two months later, on Feb. 15, Anderson revealed that she and Lucy are expecting their first child together.

The former Love Island star made the happy announcement with a heartwarming Instagram Reel, along with the caption: “Our hearts are full. Baby Lucy due Summer ‘23.” Many fans and celebrities were quick to offer their congratulations, including fellow Love Island alums Molly-Mae Hague, Shaughna Phillips, Maura Higgins, and more.

Although the pair are welcoming a child together, Lucy confirmed to The Sun that he and Anderson are “no longer together.” He continued: “My main drive as always is to work together to co-parent our child. I look forward to the arrival of the new baby.”

Bustle has reached out to Anderson for comment.

Rumours of their split first emerged in Jan. 2023, when Anderson told followers in an Instagram Story that she was “going through a very difficult time.” All of the couple’s joint photos later disappeared from her account. Another cryptic story gave a few further hints as she shared a quote: “I deserve it all. The career. The love. The family. The peace. The life.” The posts came after an anonymous source told The Sun that “they are calling it a break but it looks unlikely they will get back together. They want different things at the end of the day.”

Anderson was previously in a relationship with Dane Bowers. The pair originally met in 2017 and dated for six months, but Anderson reportedly ended things after finding out he was also seeing someone else — with the split leading Anderson to apply for Love Island. “We weren’t in a relationship at that point, and we never said we were exclusive, but I was disappointed, so I confronted him and ended it,” she wrote in The Sun. The pair later rekindled their relationship in 2021, but unfortunately, the former couple later split in August 2022 after moving to Dubai together.

“Just to let all of my beautiful support on here know that unfortunately Dane and I have decided to separate,’ she wrote in a statement. “Thank you all for your continued support. I will be moving back to the UK as soon as I can. Roll on the rest of 2022, let's make it count.”

In the Love Island villa meanwhile, Anderson left coupled-up with fellow Islander Paul Knops, but the couple later split. At the time, their reps stated their hectic work schedules were to blame, however, allegations later surfaced indicating the break-up wasn't as amicable as previously thought. The Sun later claimed that Anderson was not happy after they parted ways and had an hour-long phone call with Paul's other ex in a bid to "dig up dirt" on him. But she took to social media to deny the allegations.

Her Instagram story at the time, which was captured by CapitalFM, was a text post that read: "Regarding today’s press; I think it’s quite clear from how I acted in the villa that I’m not a ‘bitter ex.’ Regardless of what has been inaccurately printed and what I was informed about Paul, I’m not the one selling stories on the matter." Shortly after their split, she was linked to fellow Love Island alum Max Morley, but the pair reportedly broke up after a brief relationship.

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