Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu was deservedly crowned Love Island 2022’s winner alongside her partner Davide Sanclimenti and the pair provided the nation with eight weeks worth of drama, tears, and make-ups.
Since they first laid eyes on each other, they've had the UK hooked on their love story and, although sometimes a little rocky, they managed to find their way back to each other in the end.
Throughout her time in the villa, Ekin-Su has delivered the drama and created the chaos without fail, time and time again.
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Take a look back at some of the Turkish actress' most iconic moments from her time in the villa as she celebrates her birthday.
As Ekin-Su began having doubts about Davide, the perfect distraction strode into the villa and immediately caught her eye.
Tall, dark and handsome 28-year-old investment analyst Jay Younger ticked all of Ekin’s boxes and she couldn’t help but take an interest.
In an attempt to “get to know him” without her fellow cast members in the way, Ekin devised a cunning plan that became the most memed and iconic scene in the series.
Ekin persuaded Jay to come up to the terrace while Davide sat just feet away in the villa garden below.
Jay leaned in for a kiss and Ekin happily obliged, but the duo eventually had to call time on their rendezvous and return to the group.
So as not to make it obvious that they were together, Ekin left first but not without a cheeky bum wiggle for Jay as she crawled along the terrace floor.
Towards the end of the series, bombshell Nathalia Campos was sent in to stir things up.
She had her eyes set on Davide, who was settled with Ekin-Su, and tried to “get to know him”, but understandably she and Ekin butted heads.
A fiery exchange over the kitchen table saw Ekin ask Nathalia whether she “had a problem”, to which Campos suggested that maybe Cülcüloğlu “has a problem with herself”.
Heated words were said but eventually the pair decided to put their differences aside by hosting a pancake making competition.
After Nathalia blew a kiss to Davide whilst making her pancakes, Ekin stuck her middle finger up at the Brazilian beauty whose jaw dropped in shock before Ekin told her: “Get out of my f***ing way!”
Eventually, Davide concluded that he preferred Ekin’s creation and Nathalia was sent home soon after.
One morning, the girls were having a morning debrief on the terrace together.
Andrew gave Tasha a travel mug, Luca handed Gemma a hot beverage, Ikenna bought Indiyah a morning tea and Amber had a coffee from Dami… but Davide was nowhere to be seen.
Ekin stood up in protest and said: “He knows I like these things. Can I just say something? I’ve just noticed something and I’m so stupid, I hate myself for this. The only reason Davide has been giving me coffee over the last two days is because there was competition with [Jay] but now he’s in a couple with you, the action stops. I knew it was too good to be true!”
Ekin began to lose faith in Davide, which was all sparked by the missing coffee that morning.
She then spiralled and the drama continued in the dressing room where she told Tasha that it was “too good to be true” and how she “never lets her guard down”.
Ekin-Su even cried to the Beach Hut camera about the ordeal, just for Davide to walk in minutes later and fuel the fire by walking straight past without acknowledging her.
Casa Amor conflict
After the girls returned from Casa Amor, Ekin was over the moon to see that Davide had remained single and the pair excitedly embraced each other.
However, Sanclimenti wasn’t let off so easily as it was revealed that Davide had kissed Coco and Mollie during his time away from his partner.
Their happy charade came crashing down as Ekin threw his arm off her and shuffled away from him, visibly shaken up by the revelation.
However, during the movie night episode, a clip of Ekin telling George that he shouldn’t tell anyone about their bed sharing activities was shown, which left Davide in a rage.
She insisted that “nothing happened” but Davide shouted his favourite catchphrase: “You’re a liar!”
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