Remember Love Island’s Kendall Rae Knight? Here’s what she’s doing now

It's been five year since the 2018 Islander appeared on the show

kendall rae knight

by Hollie Richardson |

Let's be honest, Love Island 2018 was the series to launch a thousand influencer careers (approximately) and despite being the first dumped from the villa, Kendall Rae Knight was no exception.

Kendall was "gutted" but "not particularly shocked" to be the first dumped Love Island contestant.

It's been five years since we last saw Kendall on our TV screens, so here's what she's doing now...

What happened with Kendall Rae Knight on Love Island?

Kendall split from her former fiancé the November before appearing on Love Island, and her emotional but short time in the villa made fans wonder if she was ready for a new relationship.

Kendall Rae Knight Love Island

But Kendall insisted upon entering, “I am definitely over my ex. People don’t know the full story, I could have spent eight months begging for him back - but I didn’t. It just meant that I found dating a little bit harder than the others because I’m not used to dating.”

At the beginning on her Love Island stint, things looked good for the former Miss Blackpool, then 26, when she paired up with loveable Harry Potter geek Niall Aslam. But the OG Islander mugged off poor Niall after taking an immediate fancy to macho-man Adam Collard, then 22, who swooped in and kissed her on a date.

Kendall Rae-Knight Niall Aslam
kendall and niall together ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

It was the beginning of Adam's reign of terror over the villa, with Women's Aid even releasing a statement highlighting Adam's "gaslighting" behaviour after he dumped Kendall for Rosie Williams then gave Rosie the boot to couple up with Zara McDermott.

Speaking about Adam’s wandering eye, Kendall said, “I do think that Adam was genuine with me, but he also wanted to move at a much quicker pace than I did. That’s why he went with Rosie – he needed a faster pace. And they do genuinely seem really into each other.”

Her time in the villa ended when Eyal Booker kissed Kendall in a game of truth or dare, then chose to recouple with Hayley Hughes - much to Kendall's surprise.

She said at the time, “I spoke to him and said that I wasn’t about to crack on with him just to try and save myself. I really hope he and Hayley get to properly know each other - they’re both so lovely.”

Who is Kendall Rae Knight?

kendall rae knight love island
kendall was on love island 2018 ITV

Kendall was a contestant on the 2018 series of UK Love Island and the first to be booted from the villa. Despite not lasting long on the show, she's gone on to have a successful career as an influencer.

How old is Kendall Rae Knight?

Kendall was just 26 when she starred on Love Island but celebrated her 31st birthday in January 2023.

Who is Kendall Rae Knight dating?

In September 2022 Kendall celebrated her four year anniversary with her professional footballer boyfriend Andrew Hughes, who currently plays as defender for team Preston North-End.

What happened with Kendall Rae Knight and Eyal Booker?

They had a flirt in the Love Island 2018 villa but it was the Love Island Christmas reunion that the Islanders shared a snog. It was a bit random but took the heat off the Georgia Steel 'loyal' feud with Sam Bird.

What happened to Kendall Rae Knight from Love Island?

Nowadays Kendall is living her best life as an influencer - just check out her Instagram @kendallraeknight.

CHECK OUT Love Island 2018 - where are they now?

View Gallery
69 photos
Love Island cast 2018
1 of 69

Love Island cast 2018

From Love Island 2018 winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham to Casa Amor's Savannah Darnell and Kaz Crossley, here's what all the islanders are doing now...

WATCH: Eyal Booker reveals the Love Island secrets you need to know

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us