Love Island's Ovie Soko has given an adorable response to the love he's received since participating in the reality TV show.
The 28-year-old basketball player earned third place in this year's show, alongside India Reynolds, but won the fans' affection with his chilled out vibes, hilarious egg-making antics and fashion sense.
Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea were crowned king and queen of 2019's series, but Ovie Soko is possibly the true winner.
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) July 23, 2019
Ovie joined the series during Casa Amor, and immediately showed interest in Anna Vakili, who brought him back to the main villa after a recoupling.
The fans fell in love with his demeanor, good vibes and hilarious catchphrases, not to mention those stylin' bucket hats.
When asked by MailOnline how he felt about garnering an onslaught of fan affection, Ovie responded in the most Ovie way possible.
On a serious note it’s been amazing watching Ovie on TV. Majority of black men I know are like Ovie but are never represented like that on telly. He’s shown the UK that black men can be loveable gentle giants and not just violent and angry. #LoveIsland pic.twitter.com/HELHDWGKhI
— (@TobiRachel_) July 29, 2019
"I don’t really get it," he said, before admitting: "I haven’t seen anything yet. We’re just closing up over here, I am overwhelmed by the love."
Asked about where his chilled-out nature comes from, Ovie commented,
"When I was in primary school I had a lot of energy and been bouncing off the walls but I’m just a chilled person really. I just don’t get ahead of myself. We’re in a huge villa in the sun in Spain, you don’t have much to worry about."
—(@woodlandxeyes1) July 28, 2019
Ovie revealed that his notorious catchphrase comes from watching iconic 1990s American movies;
"Message?! Oh wow!" he continued. "I used to watch a lot of comedy when I was younger, I watched Don’t Be A Menace and it stuck into my head when the phone went off."
Thank God for Ovie, who was hugely important for black representation this year and showed that male and female friendships should be valued as much as romance.
— (@jadeyyogom) July 30, 2019
Maura's mum wants to grab him for herself, so he may need security coming home to Heathrow airport. Every age group and gender want some more Ovie in their lives, and brands are already flocking to nab him for deals.
There'll undoubtedly be a massive crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of their hero, but we're just overjoyed that he made it out of Casa Amor onto our screens. For Amber's sake too, seeing as he became her 'guardian angel.'
Feature image: ITV/REX