Shaughna Phillips denies claims she was in a relationship during Love Island after confusing fans

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Shaughna Phillips has responded to accusations that she was already in a romance before entering Love Island last year.

The Love Island star sparked confusion amongst fans as she posted a snap of her snuggling up to a topless mystery man, which she has now insisted is a new romance

In the photo uploaded to her Instagram page, Shaughna is soaking up in the sun in a zebra print bikini while wearing a pair of large, dark sunglasses and a tan trilby hat.

Behind her in the photo is a topless man, who’s face has been covered with a fireworks emoji.

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As Shaughna posted the image on her Instagram page she appeared to hint that she has been in a relationship with the mystery hunk for some time.

Shaughna wrote: “Starting 2021 with the same people I started 2020 with, and feeling very lucky” followed by a red heart emoji.

In the comments some accused the star of having a boyfriend while she entered Love Island last year and as she took part in Celebs Go Dating.

One asked: “Boyfriend of 2 years? Weren't you on celebs go dating recently?”

While another said: “Were you dating during Love Island? x”, and a third added: “You were on LI in 2020…..”

And it was also reported Shaughna responded to some comments and claimed she went on Love Island to financially support her mum in an apparently now-deleted comment.

In the exchange obtained by The Sun, someone asked: “Confused how she can have a boyfriend of two years what with Celebs Go Dating and Love Island.”

Another then reportedly asked: “Surely if you're in a relationship you wouldn't be going on dating programmes?”

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To which Shaughna replied: “If you had the ability to potentially change your mum's/parents' life, would you? For me, personally, being able to help my mum in anything she financially would need outweighed ANY other scenario.

“That's the relationship that means everything to me, and I would do anything to give her the life she deserves. We may not agree, but I hope you understand my decisions.”

But, a representative for Shaughna has now insisted her romance with the mystery man is new and that she was single before appearing on Love Island.

A representative for Shaughna has new exclusively told OK! online: “Over the past few weeks Shaughna has met someone who she is currently dating.

“Prior to this Shaughna has been single since before her appearance on Love Island – so in total has been single for two years until now.

“Love Island has given Shaughna many fantastic commercial opportunities which she is so very grateful for.”

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