Michael Griffiths is one of the most talked-about contestants on this year’s Love Island and since leaving the villa fans have been dying to know if he and Joanna Chimonides will work things out.
Photos emerged this week of the pair sharing a passionate kiss but despite denials from Joanna, the Liverpool firefighter admits they still have a spark.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk ahead of tonight’s final, Michael said: ‘Ultimately, we did have a great, great connection in the villa and it just kind of comes to show how real it was.’
Despite declaring his feelings for Joanna, the 27-year-old said they ‘haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk things out’.
‘I like Joanna, I do like her. But right now, we just want to see if we can have a conversation about things and move from there because we don’t actually know what’s going to happen,’ he explained.
‘We don’t know what’s going on in each other’s lives, how busy we’re going to be, stuff like that. Right now we just want to sit down, away from everybody so it’s just me and her, and chat.’
Michael also weighed in on Joanna’s denial of them kissing, explaining she was talking about different photos but can’t deny there was smooching going on.
‘The pictures she’s talking about, we weren’t actually kissing. Then different pictures have come out which are quite undeniable [that they’re kissing],’ he said.
‘We don’t really know where that’s going because obviously we still have feelings for each other and we can’t really turn that off.
‘We got to see each other for the first time since Aftersun, and it was us at an event with everybody.’
Ahead of tonight’s final, Michael thinks Tommy Fury and Milly-Mae Hague will be winning the £50k.
‘To be honest, I want everyone to win but I think Tommy and Molly are going to win,’ he said.
He’s been changing his mind about which couple he wants to take the top prize and recons his ex-Amber Gill is in with a shot.
‘Amber and Greg have a got shot at winning it,’ he said.
‘One hundred percent I’d be happy to see Amber win. He [Greg] makes her smile, makes her laugh and it’s nice to actually see that.’
Since leaving the villa, Michael has found watching Love Island as a viewer a ‘strange’ experience.
‘I’m there watching it when I’m usually on the other side of the screen so yeah, it’s been a bit mad watching it. I feel like I know all their lives live everybody else does but I’ve been involved in them as well.’
Love Island 2019 final airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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