Tom Clare has hinted at a potential reconciliation with Samie Elishi, admitting he has a lot of ‘love’ and ‘respect’ for his ex-girlfriend.
The former Love Island star, 23, who rose to fame on the winter series earlier this year, told MailOnline that the couple split after their relationship became ‘intense’ and ‘pressurised’ but there was no fallout or bad blood between them.
Explaining that their romance changed once they left the ITV2 villa in March, the ex-Macclesfield Town footballer said that as ‘mature adults’ they decided that being together wasn’t right.
In a new interview, the eBay ambassador revealed that he has ‘no interest’ in seeing anyone else and would even turn down the opportunity to appear on E4 show Celebs Go Dating.
He said: ‘When you come out of the villa, things are very different. It can be a lot and intense and there was a lot of pressure on the situation.
Tom Clare has hinted at a potential reconciliation with Samie Elishi, admitting he has a lot of ‘love’ and ‘respect’ for his ex-girlfriend
The former Love Island star told MailOnline that the couple split after their relationship became ‘intense’ and ‘pressurised’ but there was no fallout or bad blood between them
In a new interview, the eBay ambassador revealed that he has ‘no interest’ in seeing anyone else and would even turn down the opportunity to appear on E4 show Celebs Go Dating
‘We’re on such good terms now and I have a lot of love and respect for her. There is no bad blood there and I wish her all the best, I know she will smash it.
‘We are both mature adults and we realised that the relationship wasn’t right. We didn’t argue or anything like that. I still have a lot of time for her.
‘Now that we’re not together… we’re focusing on ourselves… I don’t know if there’s a chance of us getting back together… I don’t know what could happen but she’s a lovely, genuine girl.’
Affirming his single status, Tom added: ‘I am not dating, I’m not interested in it right now if I’m honest. I wouldn’t do any other dating shows, no. I am not even thinking about dating at all, it’s not even in my head I can’t lie.’
The former Islanders split a month after finishing in third place on the show with sources claiming it was due to the distance between them as Samie is from Essex and Tom lives in Barnsley.
But now, after stepping back from his football career, which Tom explained was one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever had to make, he is relocating to London.
He said: ‘It was such a tough decision. It’s not me quitting football.
‘I am moving to London soon, but I have a lot of love for Macclesfield… like I said it was really tough.
The former Islanders split a month after finishing in third place with sources claiming it was due to the distance between them as Samie is from Essex and Tom lives in Barnsley
But now, after stepping back from his football career, which Tom explained was one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever had to make, he is relocating to London
‘I remember speaking to my dad and having numerous conversations about it because my parents have been to every single game, every single training session but now with my life… I have some amazing opportunities.
‘Football has had all my time since I can remember but now, I want to focus on new things.’
Tom has admitted that he signed up for Love Island because he dreamed of finding a lifelong partner now that he prefers staying in on a Saturday night instead of partying.
He said: ‘I love falling in love. It sounds a bit cringy but it’s true. I really wanted to find someone. It was the best experience of my life and of course at times it was tough but the majority of the time the good outweighs the bad.
‘I’m not much of a party guy. I love going to the gym and keeping my fitness up and obviously drinking all the time is not good.
‘I love a night in, I could literally have a night in on a Saturday night, food, chill, film, that’s me. I am not one of them that’s out every weekend, no way. I don’t really like clubs, but I like having a conversation with someone and having a nice meal or drinks.’
Despite hoping to find the girl of his dreams, Tom became known for his womanising ways in the villa after kissing multiple girls in secret and earning the nickname ‘Terrace Tom’ for his escapades.
He says his parents, who supported his reality stint, tuned into Love Island every night but his mum couldn’t handle watching his scenes in the private Hideaway, where he was handcuffed to lampshade.
Tom said: ‘I own the nickname now; my friends still call me Terrace Tom to be fair. I wanted to give it 100 per cent and not sit back on the sidelines and I came out the experience from Terrace Tom.
‘My parents never used to watch Love Island but when I came off the show my mum and dad said every night at 8:45pm every night they were ready to watch it and would watch Aftersun and Unseen Bits.
‘The only time my mum said she couldn’t look was when I was in the Hideaway, and I was handcuffed to a lamp or something and she had to look away!’
Tom follows in former Islander Tasha Ghouri’s footsteps by becoming Love Island sponsor eBay’s second preloved ambassador
Tom became the second former Islander star to sign as an ambassador with Love Island sponsors eBay, who are endorsing preloved clothing in a move away from promoting fast fashion brands.
And the TV personality has been shocked by the response he’s received from his social media following as well as his friends, admitting he didn’t have the best knowledge of preloved fashion prior to working with eBay.
He explained: ‘I’ve always been into fashion and eBay has really opened my eyes to preloved fashion. I’ll be honest, beforehand I wasn’t that clued up on it and neither were my friends but now I’ve come into it I’ve had people on Instagram message me saying they love my preloved edit.’
Tom fronts a new fashion shoot with eBay where he models a range of different outfits including a preloved designer Paul Smith suit and vintage Levi jeans, all of which feature in his 200-item edit.
He added: ‘Lads are messaging me saying they love it so for me to be able to change some males to step away from fast fashion brands then that’s amazing.’
He hopes his involvement can make a real difference after over half of men (51 per cent) admitted to never or rarely purchasing second hand clothing.
Tom said: ‘Everyone probably has some fast fashion brands in their wardrobe, which is completely fine but with the state of the world right now if some people are able to buy some preloved pieces, then it can make a real change.’
- Tom has teamed up with eBay UK to help tackle menswear fast fashion. His first pre-loved eBay edit is available to shop online, and includes a mix of items from vintage Yves Saint Laurent shirts to pre-loved Levi denim sets and Nike dunks