'Love Island' Star Georgia Steel 'Dating' Medi Abalimba

Love Island's Georgia Steel is dating former professional footballer Medi Abalimba following her split from Sam Bird.

Medi has opened up on the status of their relationship after they were photographed on a night out together earlier this week.

The pair are said to have been dating for several weeks, and he has met her parents.

Credit: Instagram/Medi Abalimba
Credit: Instagram/Medi Abalimba

Medi was convicted for four years for fraud and dishonesty in 2014, and while Georgia may not have initially known about Medi's past run ins with the law, he says that he has explained everything to her, dubbing their romance a "beauty and the beast story".

"I told her everything. She wasn't judgemental. I don't want her career affected," he told The Sun.

He continued: "We like each other, we are getting on she's a good girl. It's a beauty and the beast story. I'm considered a monster, but she doesn't judge me."

The former footballer says he met Georgia, who recently appeared on Celebs Go Dating, through mutual friends while on a night out.

Medi began playing football as a teenager, initially earning £1,000 per week at age 16 at Southend United. He was then signed to Derby County for £1.2 million but his football career was cut short due to injury and he later found himself in trouble with the law.

He claimed he was a "Premier League star and good for the money", going on luxury spending sprees.

Medi admitted 12 counts of fraud and dishonesty at Manchester Crown Court in 2014 and was jailed for four years.

"I've apologised to Georgia. I said sorry this has caused such an issue. I think she wanted to understand how it all went wrong for me," he said. "She was shocked. Initially she was concerned for me. She was upset. She assumed everyone knew except her."

Georgia hasn't yet publicly commented on her new relationship.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Georgia Steel

Rachel Andrews

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