Love Islander Tasha Ghouri became an instant celebrity after appearing on series eight of the dating program – but did you know she has a number of famous connections of her own too?
The model and dancer has developed professional relationships with some of the biggest names in show business over the past few years.
It was also recently revealed that she has been dating one of the stars of another major dating program – and has also been courted by a famous Strictly Come Dancing star.
As Tasha continues to be a fan favorite at the villa, Daily Star takes a closer look at some of her other famous fans and celebrity connections away from Love Island.
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Ru Paul’s Drag Race Star
Eagle-eyed viewers may have recently spotted musician MNEK as a guest judge on Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, after a stellar year for the star that also included an appearance at the 2021 BRIT Awards.
However, prior to his appearance on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, he collaborated with Sleepwalkrs on the track More Than Words, which was accompanied by a music video featuring deaf dancers.
One of the dancers was none other than Tasha Ghouri, who made her music video debut on the track.
Speaking about the cameo ahead of her Love Island debut, Tasha told Capital FM: “It was my first big music video. Surprisingly, the point was that he was celebrating the deaf community.
“It was such a great, exciting opportunity.”
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Tasha Ghouri was already an internet sensation before making her Love Island debut after becoming the first model to be featured with a cochlear implant in an ASOS ad campaign – many credited the company and Tasha for the photos.
She also made history as the first deaf contestant on Love Island and was praised following the announcement by Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, with Rose saying: “We’re delighted that another major TV show is welcoming a deaf shows candidate. Representation is important.”
Tasha and Rose are also Instagram friends, with the islander telling The Sun that she hopes to meet Rose after leaving the villa, saying: “I think Rose is such an amazing role model.
“I also love Strictly because I’m a dancer. It’s amazing to see what she has done, so beautiful and sent a strong message and she represents me and the deaf community as well.”
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Rose Ayling-Ellis isn’t Tasha’s only connection to Strictly Come Dancing, as the Love Islander is also said to have been dating Rose’s professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
The stars reportedly met after Giovanni slid into Tasha’s Instagram DMs in January 2022, and the pair began messaging each other — with sparks flying.
Though romance blossomed between the couple, Tasha was already in a relationship and Giovanni was on tour, which meant their brief relationship ended pretty quickly.
A source told Mail Online: “Tasha was impressed by how gentlemanly he was, he guided her to the best London restaurants and offered to send cars to pick her up, but she is independent and always makes her own way made to see him.
“Their romance didn’t go forward because Giovanni was on the Strictly tour a lot and Tasha was already involved with someone else.”
Robert van Tromp
Tasha Ghouri is no stranger to dating shows, having also had a three-month romance with one of Too Hot To Handle’s hunky stars.
The couple dated for over five months before Tasha entered the Love Island villa after meeting in October 2021.
However, they split in March this year – with Robert reportedly devastated that his former flame has joined series eight of Love Island.
A source told Mail Online: “Robert is disappointed after seeing Tasha on Love Island.”
“She meets all his criteria and he had hoped to reconnect with her after regretting their breakup.
“Tasha is the one who escaped and he thinks he released a jewel. Seeing her on the show this summer won’t be easy for him.”
Tasha’s appearance on Love Island isn’t her first exposure to the program, as the star has also modeled for a brand linked to another former islander.
Tasha has previously appeared in ad campaigns for Pretty Little Thing, the company of which Molly Mae-Hague is Creative Director.
However, it is not known if the two ever met in person or if Molly Mae-Hague reached out to Tasha ahead of her Love Island performance.
Although Tasha Ghouri has no direct connection to supermodel Kate Moss, many have compared the Love Islander to the star.
Love Island bosses have compared her to the supermodel, as Mike Spencer told the Daily Star: “She’s an amazing girl – so funny, she reminds me of a young Kate Moss.
“She’s one of those girls that just makes you think, ‘OMG, you’re amazing’.”
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