Marcel Somerville was an oracle of advice in the Love Island villa.
And nothing has changed, as he’s continued to be a beacon of sensible thinking outside the ITV2 reality show.
Riding on the success of his communication school in the house which saw many a housemate come to him for advice, eventually earning him the moniker of ‘Dr Marcel’, last year the singer penned a dating book – Dr Marcel’s Little Book of Big Love – in which he doled out his A-grade relationship tips.
Not intent on hanging up his white coat just yet, the former Blazin’ Squad member told Metro.co.uk he’s got some more advice left in him – mainly for Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood, who, although they often appear the most loved-up couple out of the villa (and ridiculously photogenic), they’ve often been called to defend their relationship off the back of public spats.
In the Love Island villa the two were often keen on a screaming match or two, breaking up and making up, and while we may not see the ins and outs of their love IRL, Marcel believes their ‘fiery’ character is what makes them ‘Chris and Olivia’.
‘But try not to shout as much,’ the 32-year-old joked. ‘I think they’re passionate and they’re always going to be arguing. They’re strong characters. I would say to them “don’t change” because they got their own show [Crackin’ On] off the back off all the drama – it’s obviously helping them.
‘It’s what they do. It’s Chris and Liv innit? We wouldn’t want them any different.’
The eventual winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies split late last year, only a few months after the finale – it came as a shock to fans, and even Marcel wasn’t expecting the news.
‘I was surprised because they won the show -so they must have shown the public something,’ he said. ‘They’re young, maybe they were finding it hard to balance being in a relationship and commitments.
‘I know from being in the Blazin Squad that you can get distracted and you don’t know where to focus and maybe that happened to them.’
While his advice may be a little unorthodox – or right on the money, depending on what you’re after – the love doctor has teamed up with Plusnet to man their phonelines and help those in need of a little lovelife spruce up, or, The Marcel Makeover, if you will.
‘Valentine’s Day is hard if you’re single, but if you’re in a relationship you should utilise the opportunity,’ he said. ‘People can ask me questions and I can guide them with dating or apps or how to make the most of the day.
‘I always say you should treat every day like its Valentine’s Day. You need to give that extra little oomph.’
And the lad knows a thing or two about love, having come fourth on Love Island along with his girlfriend, Gabby Allen, the two still going strong eight months later.
Talking about their unexpected love match Marcel said he was holding out for the right girl and he couldn’t be happier.
Whether they’re chatting marriage is a question the pair are no doubt asked daily, so we thought we might as well join in.
‘This time next year if you think about it, it would have been nearly two years [together] so it’s a decent amount of time and with how our relationship is getting stronger and stronger I think there’s definitely potential that next year, maybe earlier you never know,’ he said. ‘I do feel there is the potential those kind of questions could be being asked. Without saying too much.’
From today until Valentine’s Day, Plusnet is launching a free hotline with pre-recorded love advice and Marcel will respond to his favourite questions on Plusnet’s Twitter channel on Valentine’s Day. Call 0808 173 LOVE to receive Marcel’s expert love tips.
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