ER garnered an army of fans as he looked for love on TV while posing shirtless by the pool.
Now Love Island star Frankie Foster has swapped his swim trunks for a vest as he begins an exciting week at Aintree Racecourse for trackside reporting.
Despite his time at the famous villa in 2018, the 26-year-old has managed to transition seamlessly from reality star to racing expert – as has Series 3 star Chris Hughes.
Last year Frankie got a job at Racing TV’s Raceday covering a sport he has been passionate about since childhood.
Now, Frankie has told The Sun how he’s been welcomed by racing fans – and offers for him to work in the sport have ‘snowballed’.
“The racing community has really embraced me, which is really nice,” says Frankie ahead of Aintree’s Grand National.
“I haven’t had anyone turn their noses up. Coaches, jockeys, race fans have all supported me.
“I was lucky enough to be asked. I’ve always loved racing so when someone says ‘do you want to come to the races for work’ it’s a bit of a dream job.
“It was a bit fun when I started and I thought I’d see how it went, but I really enjoyed the presentation side of things.
“I’ve been doing it more and more often over the last year and now it’s like a snowball.
“That’s my main focus right now — I’m really enjoying it so I’d be crazy not to say more about it.”
Meanwhile, Jesy Nelson’s ex, Chris, has had a career leap since joining the star-studded ITV Racing line-up.
Frankie, who is starring on Before Midnight in Aintree at 4.40pm, reveals: “I know Chris well. We often go to the races together.
“Even when we’re working on different things, we always stop and talk. He’s brilliant.
Being a horse racing presenter is a dream job.”
“When I started, Chris worked quite a bit in racing. He was really open to me. It’s more about the races than about ourselves.”
Frankie is now hoping to join the likes of Wes Nelson and Molly-Mae who are desperate to distance themselves from the ITV2 show.
“When you go on a reality show, you get a following and eyes on you,” he says.
“Provided you are honest and sincere in what you do, there is no problem.
“It’s not like I suddenly decided to go to the races after I left the show. I’ve always gone and always loved it.
I want to be known as a good moderator at the races because I enjoy that.”
“As long as you stay true to what you enjoy, people can see that you’re real, and that’s why they support you.
“It almost feels like a different person. It was long ago.
“You don’t want to be known for nothing or just for being seen on a TV show.
“If you have a skill or something that you’re passionate about, you want people to know you for it.
“Wes Nelson is a perfect example. He wants to be known for making music because it’s his passion. The same goes for me, I want to be known as a good presenter at the races because I enjoy it.
“It’s about finding your way. It doesn’t frustrate me, I understand I will always be known from Love Island.
“Some people will recognize me from the show, from personal training, or from the races.
“It’s something I’ve done, but I don’t call myself ‘Frankie Foster from Love Island.’ That would be strange.”
In fact, Frankie says he feels like a “different person” since he was on the show, where he ended up in a relationship with Samira Mighty.
He made it official while they were on the Love Island spin-off show.
But the couple split weeks later when Frankie was caught on film kissing a mysterious blonde passionately.
“Like any 26-year-old looking back at what he was doing when he was 21, I’m very different now,” he added.
“You’re maturing and getting more comfortable and excited about what I’m doing now. There are no question marks about it. Love Island throws you into a big world full of unknowns and makes you wonder what people expect from you.
“It takes a while to get used to, but now I feel in a good place.
“I’m lucky, I have good friends. I’ve always been honest and did my own thing. If you do that, you can’t go wrong. It’s no different.”
Frankie reveals he’s still looking for love four years after staying at the villa – but is focusing on his work for now.
He explains: “Having Instagram followers doesn’t make it harder or easier to find someone.
“I’m more focused on racing.”
- Frankie Foster is the presenter for Racing TV’s #Raceday, taking new and existing racing fans behind the scenes on social media to bring the stories and excitement of race day to life. Follow us on Instagram and Tik Tok and use #Raceday to get even closer to the action.
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