DANI Dyer captured the nation’s (and Jack Fincham’s) heart when she appeared on Love Island back in 2018.
But despite winning the hit ITV reality dating series, Dani’s love life since leaving the villa has been anything but smooth-sailing.
Dani Dyer and her boyfriend Sammy first dated in 2017 before she entered Love IslandCredit: Rex Features
After splitting with fellow Islander Jack within months of the show ending, The Sun exclusively revealed that Dani had gotten back with her on-off boyfriend Sammy Kimmence in April 2019.
In January 2021, the couple welcomed their first son – but their baby bubble was to be short-lived now that Sammy has been jailed for 42 months after scamming OAPs out of £34,000.
Here Fabulous takes a look back at the highs and lows of Dani and Sammy’s relationship – from their splits to baby joy.
Early Romance & Danny’s Disapproval
Before Dani, 24, entered the Love Island villa, she reportedly dated Sammy for about a year – but their relationship allegedly ended in a series of rows.
Like Dani, Sammy is also from Essex and the 25-year-old worked as a private broker in London.
While she was in the villa, Dani said she struggled to let her guard down to men as a result of her previous relationship.
During her time on the show, she referred to her ex as a “liar” and a “cheat” – but didn’t specifically name and shame Sammy.
I asked my dad for advice on what to do because he knew what made men tick – and he hold me, ‘He’s not for you babe.'”
However in her 2019 biography What Would Dani Do?, the star said Sammy hadn’t always been faithful and treated her like his “side dish” in the early days of their relationship.
And at the time, she says her dad Danny did NOT approve.
She wrote: “It was like I was the side dish in Nando’s. I was just the fried halloumi when all I wanted to be was the chicken.
“I asked my dad for advice on what to do because he knew what made men tick – and he hold me, ‘He’s not for you babe.'”
The couple got back together just weeks after Dani’s split from Jack FinchamCredit: INSTAGRAM/DANI DYER
Despite her dad’s warning, Dani got back together with Sammy weeks after she announced her split from Jack.
The reality star was pictured snogging her amateur football ex while enjoying a night out with friends in London.
A pal told The Sun at the time: “They were together for about a year, but she never really got over him and they got back in touch quite quickly once she split from Jack.”
An onlooker said: “Dani and Sammi were drinking and having a great time, and made no secret of being back together.
“Dani couldn’t keep her hands off him and the feeling was clearly totally mutual – they kissed for ages before heading off as a group.”
Dani and Sammy were together for about a year, but she never really got over him and they got back in touch quite quickly once she split from Jack
After confirming her relationship on social media, fans were quick to express concern over the on-off romance.
Defending her boyfriend to her 3.4m Instagram followers, she wrote: “You all can say what you want to say honestly we live in a free world. But I’m so f happy.
“I ain’t living a life to prove to people or to fake to people I am something I am not I’ve always been real. Some people like it some people don’t. I’m focusing on number one. No time for anything no plans made it’s just happened and you can judge all you want.”
However, the rug was pulled from under Dani’s feet again in March 2020 when Sammy was first accused of scamming two elderly men out of £34,000.
Dani and Sammy split when he was first accused of scamming pensionersCredit: Splash News
Sammy was working in sales and administration for a sports betting business when he met his elderly victims.
His victims were clients at legitimate investment company Equine Global Sports Limited, where Sammy worked as a senior trader.
The company received money from customers which it would use to place bets on horse races, on their behalf.
But Sammy took the clients on when the business went into liquidation, falsely claiming he was authorised to provide financial services.
After the accusations came to light, the couple briefly split for a month.
In April 2020, The Sun exclusively revealed that the couple had got back together again and were living together in lockdown.
Sammy wasn’t going to let her walk out of his life without a fight and begged her to spend some time with him.
A friend said: “Sammy wasn’t going to let her walk out of his life without a fight and begged her to spend some time with him.
“Since going into lockdown, Sammy has been pulling out all the stops to make Dani give their relationship a second chance.
“They’ve been enjoying cosy dinners and spending hours talking about the future.
“Dani wanted to know Sammy was serious about giving their relationship another chance and he’s pleaded with her to stick with him.
“They were having blazing rows before they split up but now it’s all sweetness and light again.”
Baby Boy Joy
Three months after split, the couple announced they were expecting a baby in July 2020Credit: instagram @danidyerxx
Three months after rekindling their romance, Dani and Sammy announced they were expecting their first child together.
Sharing the happy news on Instagram with a loved-up pic, Dani wrote: “Little bubba can’t believe you are going to be ours.
“Me and Sammy are so excited to start this next chapter in our lives, feel so lucky and grateful.. 2021.”
In January 2021, the couple welcomed baby son Santiago and said they were “completely in love” with their little boy.
Two months later, Dani and Sammy moved into their new £725k Essex pad – featuring a stunning nursery and open-plan living room.
Locked Up Lover
Sammy was jailed for three years todayCredit: Solent
Earlier today, Dani’s boyfriend Sammy was sentenced to three years in jail after scamming two pensioners out of £34k.
One victim was left “living on the breadline” after Sammy splashed the cash in nightclubs and on a personalised number plate for his Mercedes.
As Dani prepares to raise Santiago as a single mum for the foreseeable future, a friend insisted that the star plans to stand by her man.
They said: “She’s vowed to stand by him, he’s the father of her baby.”
It is not suggested that Dani was involved or knew anything about her partner’s wrongdoing.
It comes a friend previously told The Sun that Dani was committed to making her relationship work.
They said: “She wants to make it work but right now they’re just taking it day by day.”
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