Love Island’s Lucinda Strafford says her and Brad McClelland are at ‘early stages’ of romance

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Lucinda Strafford has said her relationship with Brad McClelland is in its "early stages" after they were photographed holding hands on a night out together.

The 21 year old opened up on the romance as she appeared on Love Island's spin-off show Aftersun alongside Aaron Francis, who she coupled up with on the show once Brad had left the villa.

Host Laura Whitmore grilled the online fashion boutique owner about the snaps of her and the 26 year old that emerged over the weekend.

She said: "I don't always believe what I see in the press but I did see pictures of you, Lucinda, on a date, or maybe just hanging out, with Brad. What was that about?"

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Lucinda asked: "Was it last night? What day is it today? Sunday? Yeah, it was last night. Sorry, I'm all over the gaff.

"Yeah, last night we met up and we went out in Brighton. But yeah, it's still early stages. It's all up in the air in my life."

As Aaron, 24, sat next to Lucinda giggling, Laura asked: "So what's going on? You and Aaron are mates now?"

Aaron responded: "Yeah, we're just friends," as Laura commented on how the show's panellist Darren Harriott being "so invested" in the situation.

Stand-up comedian Darren urged viewers: "Ladies, get in Aaron's DMs, man. Help him, it's awkward, it's weird, man."

Lucinda and Brad initially coupled up in the villa but their budding romance was short-lived when an awful twist of fate split the pair up just as soon as they'd begun.

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After a public vote, the pair were forced to choose between who stays and who leaves the villa amongst themselves.

Brad, 26, did the gentlemanly thing and opted to leave the show and give Lucinda “more opportunities”, and it wasn’t long before he seemed to be a thing of the past.

They have now been seen dressed up for a night out in Brighton as they finally got the opportunity to continue their romance during their time in the villa and go clubbing in the photos published on Sunday.

Lucinda beamed as she wore a stunning white mini dress and tiered fluffy jacket.

While northerner Brad, 26, chose a matching black T-shirt and jeans combo.

Lucinda giggled as she showed off her stunning fresh locks and glamorous makeup, while Brad revealed his glowing tan as they strolled by the Brighton seafront.

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Love Island: Aftersun airs Sunday nights at 10:05pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

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