Love Island's Lucinda Strafford joins the villa after cheating footballer boyfriend romped with rival behind her back

LOVE-CHEAT Prem star Aaron Connolly’s ex Lucinda Strafford is having the last laugh – by heading to the Love Island villa.

The pin-up signed up for the racy reality TV show after she was made redundant from her high-flying stewardess job at British Airways.

The sultry brunette – who dated £1m-a-year Brighton & Hove Albion winger Aaron for two years – wanted to join the famous show to plug her clothing range.

She owns The Luxe Range boutique and models many of the pieces herself on her Instagram account, which boasts sizzling selfies in bikinis and skimpy dresses taken around the globe.

Lucinda, 21, had been getting close again with footballer Aaron, also 21, prior to the show – and he was furious when she told him about Love Island.

The Sun told in March how Connolly breached Covid lockdown rules by romping with a woman at a house — which ended up on video.

He had been living with Lucinda but they split and days later he was caught on film having sex with another woman he invited to a teammate's house.

Connolly is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League. He has made 39 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring five goals.

He earns £1million a year and has played for Ireland six times.

A source said: “They’ve seen each other, been at each other’s houses and had dinner, but over the last couple of days she has told a few people she’s going to be on Love Island and now Aaron knows and isn’t very happy. They have argued about her going in.

“She’s going in to plug her business. She wants fame and money – she’s always wanted to be a celebrity. She’s trying to become an influencer, she wants to do it for her business.

“Aaron’s really upset and really annoyed about it. They were together for two years and then broke up.

"He was seeing other people and she was jealous, but over the past few months they’ve been seeing each other, going for dinner and reconciling and now he’s found out about Love Island he’s very upset.

"In the last few weeks they’ve been in each other’s pockets, but the TV show will change all that.

“Love Island producers approached Lucinda before.

"She rejected the previous offer as she was flying with British Airways. But she was made redundant after Covid.

“She’s had a really lengthy psych evaluation so it looks like she’s going in.”

Lucinda made her debut on screens briefly last night.

She lives a jet-set lifestyle – posting snaps from St Lucia, Ibiza, Corfu, Mauritius, Turks and Caicos and the Maldives all in the last few years.

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