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Love Island’s Kai Fagan dishes on what former classmate Marcus Rashford was like at school

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th January 2023

Love Island contestant Kai Fagan has revealed he used to be in the same year as Marcus Rashford at school, and has dished on what the footballer was like back in the day.

In case you somehow hadn’t heard, just less than six months after Davide and Ekin-Su stole the nation’s hearts and clinched the win, smash-hit reality competition show Love Island returned to screens for its ninth series and it’s second Winter edition last night – with brand-new host Maya Jama taking over presenting duties.

A whole new lineup of hopeful singletons have made the trip to South Africa in the look for love, and one of those single lads is Kai Fagan from Manchester.

Before heading into the villa last night, fans of the show had already learned that the 24-year-old claims to have three different degrees from three different universities, and that he works as a PE and Science teacher, but also plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC.

But now, we’ve also learned that Kai went to the same school and was in the same year as Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford.


Kai revealed to The Sun that Marcus was just as “quiet” in school as he is now.

Kai Fagan and the rest of the 2023 Love Island cast lineup / Credit: ITV

He said: “Marcus was in my class from 11 to 16 and we went to the same sixth form.


“The school I went to was sponsored by Manchester United, [so] I had so many experiences because of that. Marcus was quiet, reserved and kept himself to himself, he’s always loved football, and he got a scholarship from [Manchester United] when he was like 11 years old, so he was always trying to be the next big thing.”

Kai added: “I often bump into people who work for [Rashford], like his PA, at the gym.”

The current Love Islander also added that his former classmate’s ongoing mission to end child food poverty and give children more access to free school meals across the UK has been “inspiring” to him as a teacher.


“There are so many kids who are going to school that don’t have the right nutrition, that don’t have food, that don’t have anything,” Kai continued.

“There are kids going to school that don’t have uniforms, so what he’s been doing for the communities, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Before he entered the villa, Kai described himself as “chilled, caring, and very impulsive”.

“I’m single by choice,” Kai explained in his ITV Love Island cast announcement bio, “I’m looking for the right girl. I feel like I have quite high expectations. I don’t feel I should commit to someone unless I’m absolutely buzzing over them, because it’s not fair on them.”

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Love Island is back on ITV2 and ITVX on Monday 19 January at 9pm.

Featured Image – Manchester United & ITV