He has reportedly been unfollowed by 33,000 followers in two days as a result of the split. The Sun calculated that the former islander lost 18,000 followers on Sunday followed by a further 15,000 on Monday, and the number just keeps falling.
This plummet in popularity was sparked by a Twitter user who campaigned for fans to un-follow him. The tweet read: “To Greg’s unfollowers: please pledge your full allegiance back to Amber.
“The only reason why you followed Gregory in the first place was because of her. Let’s get her to 3M. Since you’re there please follow her best friend Ovie too! #loveisland.”
Although this sudden dip in followers might be an ego bruise to the Irish rugby star, it may also be costly to his bank balance as the shows’ stars can make lucrative amounts of cash promoting products on their social media.
We take a look at what Greg was earning pre-reality fame, and what his earning potential is now.
Greg O’Shea net worth before Love Island
Before the contestant from Limerick entered the villa he was already a bonafide rugby star. He plays for the Ireland national rugby sevens team and even represented his country as a fly-half in the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup.
Although having trained at the Munster Rugby Academy, the sporting all-rounder actually competed in the 100 metre sprint at the European Youth Olympics in 2011. It is hard to ascertain the exact amount the heartthrob was earning because Ireland rugby have not disclosed their players’ salaries.
However, the news website Realitytitbit estimates, based on the salary of the England rugby sevens stars earn, that Greg could be taking home in the region of between £20,000 – £30,000 a year. It is important to consider that this would only be a base salary and not taking into account any sponsorship deals or extra earnings.
Greg also had additional earning potential before even competing on Love Island because he is currently studying for a law degree and the average lawyer salary in the UK for a lawyer is £54,000 for the first five years, rising to £76,000 for those with five to 10 years of experience.
Greg O’Shea net worth after Love Island
When Greg and then-girlfriend Amber won the Love Island crown back in July they decided to split the £50,000 cash prize.
Although Greg had only been in the villa for 12 days, experts forecasted that if he stuck with Amber, who was one of the stand out stars of the series, he would make millions.
An industry expert, speaking to The Sun, claimed: “They will have a golden 12 months and the aim will be for them to make more than a £1 million each in that time.
“If they don’t break the £1million mark then they are being badly advised. They should be picking up £10,000 per post because once the new series comes around that figure will drop to £1,000 or even less.”
However, now Greg has burnt that bridge it remains to be seen if he will be able to reap the rewards of influencer work. He is doing television interviews which may pay him some money, but on the whole the Irish star doesn’t seem that bothered about being a celebrity.
His current focus is rugby and his position on Ireland’s national sevens team. Additionally he has confirmed that he plans to sit the Law Society of Irelands entrance exams this autumn, saying: “I’m not going to forget about my life just because I won Love Island.”