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22 July 2019, 14:54
Chris Taylor and Denise Welch have a very surprising connection...
Chris Taylor is one of the newest Love Island 2019 contestants, and his humour has made him a huge hit with viewers.
The business development manager, 28, who is currently coupled up with Harley Brash, has a connection to Loose Women panelist Denise Welsh, 61 - here's how they know each other.
Denise was engaged to Chris' dad when he was 19 years old, and he opened up about the surprising connection before he entered the villa - describing Denise as 'lovely'.
In his entry interview, he described the engagement as his 'claim to fame'.
He said: "My dad was engaged to Denise Welch when he was 19.
“They’re still good family friends. I’ve met her a few times, she’s lovely.”
Denise is a presenter and actress who regularly appears on Loose Women as a panelist. She has also starred in Waterloo Road, Holby City, Eastenders and Doctors.
She has two sons - Matty, 30, and Louis, 18 - and Matty (Mathew Healy) is in the band The 1975.
After the news broke about Chris heading into the villa, she shared a screengrab of the headline alongside the caption: “I’m sort of in it then really!”
Denise is currently coupled up with Harley, who has a surprising family celebrity connection of her own...