She has catapulted to fame since starring on Love Island’s second series.
And reflecting on her life from now to a year ago, Olivia Buckland has gushed she is ‘eternally grateful’ to her family and friends for sticking by her – even back when she had nothing.
The reality star posted a series of tweets on Saturday that revealed her previous financial woes that included finding herself in ‘serious debt’ and having to ‘sell her sofa to live’.
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‘Eternally grateful’: Olivia Buckland was seen reflecting on her previous financial woes and appeared to thank her family, friends and fiance for always supporting her on Twitter in a series of tweets on Saturday
Comparing her former lifestyle to the lavish one she now leads, with fiancé Alex Bowen by her side, Olivia explained: ‘I’m so grateful for how I’m living and what I have now. Around a year ago I had to sell my sofa for money to live, I was in serious debt…
‘I had credit cards and owed my family and was living on beans on toast most weeks! Even so I was still a happy bunny!’
She continued: ‘I was happy because my family and friends always supported me and never judged me on what I didn’t have.’
‘Although I am eternally grateful and proud of myself, Nothing compares to having a loving family, a dedicated fiancé & amazing friends,’ she concluded.
‘I had to sell my sofa to live’: The reality star claimed she was in ‘serious debt’ but despite leading a lavish lifestyle now – she insisted ‘nothing compares’ to having her loved ones around her
Lovebirds: Olivia’s post came after she recently enjoyed a blissful holiday with her fiance Alex Bowen in Spain
Since appearing on Love Island, Olivia has gone on to model, bring out her own fashion line in collaboration with Quiz Clothing as well as working alongside L’Switch – a luxury hair extension brand.
She has also had fans hooked on her relationship with Alex – who she met on the show – and the pair are currently preparing to tie the knot, following his proposal in New York at the end of December.
The duo have recently returned from a sun-drenched break in Spain and couldn’t have looked more loved-up in a slew of bikini-clad photos she shared with her followers on Instagram.
She put on an incredibly titillating display with her hunky man as they frolicked in the searing temperatures overseas.
Love-up: The dup put on an incredibly titillating display as they shared a slew of scantily-clad photos to Instagram throughout their short break
Olivia lined her page on the photo-sharing app with a plethora of saucy snaps – including one which flaunted her enviably shapely derriere as she canoodled close to her inked-up beau.
The sexy snap saw Alex pull in Olivia close as she showcased some serious side-boob in a tiny white string two-piece.
‘Das ma man. Making memories ❤,’ she captioned the picture, before going on to display her tiny waist in a solo snap.
With a glass of bubbly in hand, the blonde bombshell sat at the edge of a yacht as she exhibited her flawless physique in a skimpy plunging keyhole – which showed off her own collection of tattoos.
‘I’m sat on a yacht in Spain!’: With a glass of bubbly in hand, the blonde bombshell gushed about her trip as she flaunted her enviable frame in a glam keyhole style bikini
‘Catching them rays’: Throughout her break, Olivia slipped into an array of revealing two-pieces to show off her killer abs and more than ample cleavage
‘Feeling super lucky today Can’t believe I’m sat on a yacht in Spain!’ she captioned the sizzling snap.
She then made a bikini change as she continued to indulge on the mammoth boat, and said: ‘Catching them rays whilst the boys work ☀️☀️☀️.’
Their trip overseas was thanks to Alex’s latest modelling campaign with clothing brand Gym King where he teamed up with Big Brother star Alex Cannon on the shoot.
Prior to jetting off with her boyfriend, Olivia had revealed in the latest issue of Closer magazine, that she wants Love Island host ‘party animal’ Caroline Flack to attend her wedding to Alex – despite the TV presenter being accused by viewers of being flirty with her beau in the 2016 show’s finale.
Olivia said: ‘Caroline Flack needs to come to the wedding! She’s a real party animal so we need her there. We’re inviting all the Love Island producers too, as they made it happen.’
Tying the knot: She recently revealed that she’s set the date for her wedding to fiancé Alex
Olivia revealed she has started planning her dream day with former co-star and best pal Cara De La Hoyde – who won Love Island in 2016 alongside Nathan Massey, before confirming their split last week.
Olivia also divulged that Cara is set to be a bridesmaid on the big day, telling Closer: ‘Of course Cara is going to be my bridesmaid.’
Olivia is keeping tight-lipped about details of the wedding, but admitted that it will be in the UK so the pair’s friends and family don’t miss out, and they will plan a ‘fab honeymoon abroad’ after.
The curvaceous reality TV star has finished filming Say Yes To The Dress, so fans will have a sneak preview of what her dress is like before the big day.
Exciting: Olivia is keeping tight-lipped about details of the wedding, but admitted that it will be in the UK so the pair’s friends and family don’t miss out, and they will plan a ‘fab honeymoon abroad’ after
Olivia and Alex announced their engagement during a New Year’s Eve break in December, despite only being a couple for five months.
Hunky scaffolder and fitness model Alex ignored claims that the couple were only a “showmance” and popped the question after whisking Olivia away to a romantic trip to New York.
Olivia spoke excitedly about her upcoming nuptials, saying: ‘I’m loving being engaged and calling him my fiancé. I can’t believe we’re going to be husband and wife!
‘I’m not worried it will change anything – we’re meant to be together.’
Despite coming in second place to Nathan and Cara, the couple won over the hearts of the nation.
TV royalty: Despite coming in second place to Nathan and Cara, the couple won over the