Alex Bowen is looking to stir up the villa

After Rykard Jenkins‘ shock exit, in order to pursue a relationship with the eliminated Rachel Fenton, Love Island was due some new male energy to stir up the house. And lo and behold, they have it – as model, bodybuilder and ex of Vicky Pattison, Alex Bowen is heading to the villa!

Before entering the hotbed of lust, romance and jealousy, however, 24-year-old Alex told Now that he was looking to pull a girl regardless of whether they were coupled up – and that Sophie’s his first target.

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‘I don’t think she’s into him as much as he’s into her,’ he said of Sophie Gradon, currently linked to Tom Powell.

‘I don’t know if he’s playing that for the cameras, but if he comes up to me while I’m cracking on with her then I’ll just tell him where to go!

‘I haven’t got any loyalties, so if he calls me a snake I’ll tell him straight how it is.’

A very clear-cut attitude – we like it. However, he’s recently had a stab at romance with none other than Vicky Pattison. After being pictured kissing at the start of the year, they’ve since decided to keep their relationship platonic – but Alex still thinks very highly of former Geordie Shore babe.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5696610pt) Vicky Pattison and Alex Bowen The British Soap Awards, Hackney Town Hall, London, Britain - 28 May 2016

Vicky Pattison and Alex Bowen at The British Soap Awards, 28 May 2016

‘We went on a couple of dates, but we’re just really close friends now,’ he explained. ‘I have so much time for her. She knows I’m going in, told me to be myself and she said everyone with love you for who you are.’

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And is he afraid of getting it on in the house? Not at all – in fact, perhaps it’d be a good marketing tool:

‘Nah, it’s just sex. As soon as I get with a girl on there, as soon as I have sex with them, they’ll be telling everyone in there how unbelievable I am.’

Crikey – we can’t wait to see how he gets on in the villa!