Love Island star says security job has prepared him for heated rows in the villa

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    Incoming Winter Love Island star Shaq Muhammad has a unique set of skills – and he's ready to demonstrate them in the villa.

    The star is used to working as an airport security officer, which he says has prepared him for quelling conflict when it comes to the South African paradise.

    Described as the "talk of the terminal", Shaq confessed he doesn't know whether he will ever return to his day job after the villa, but that said 9-5 has prepared him in ways you might not expect.

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    Speaking to Daily Star and other press, the star revealed: "I know how to handle myself in tough situations. I mean, I work at an airport where people are trying to catch their flights and things like that, and I know how to deal with different situations if things get a bit heated."

    But when it comes to returning to the terminal, Shaq isn't sure.

    He confessed that things were kept "hush hush" in the run-up to his Love Island stint, with him only letting his manager know at first.

    Shaq explained: "I couldn’t really tell anyone, I had to keep it under wraps [that I was going into the villa].

    "I did tell my manager and she was really excited about it, she said, 'Oh my god, I can’t believe you’re gonna be on there, don’t forget me!'

    "She was quite excited but I did have to keep it to myself for obvious reasons, within my inner circle."

    But asked whether he'll go back, Shaq wet on: "You never know what the future holds. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the show – I think I’m just gonna take it in my stride and go along with it.

    "Whatever happens, happens, and it was all meant to be for a reason. So I’m not gonna rule anything out, I’m just gonna take every day as it comes."

    Asked about how he would cope with the potential fame that comes from the programme, Shaq went on: "I think ITV have gone over the upsides and downsides of being in the show, which I feel like is really important to give me perspective.

    "But you can never fully prepare for something like that until you actually come out of the show and experience it.

    "I feel like I have a good support system around me with my family and my friends to keep me grounded. There’s nothing I can say or do beforehand to prepare myself.

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    "When it happens it happens and I just have to be able to deal with it."

    And have his family back home given him any advice?

    Shaq commented: "No-one specifically has said what to do or what not to do, they just said be yourself, don’t change who you are because it’s got me this far.

    "But everyone has just been really supportive of me.

    "I think [my parents are] going to be surprised by everything, because they've never seen me flirt with a girl, or try to get with a girl – so I feel like anything I do whether it’s flirting or just having casual conversations, things like that, they’re just gonna be shocked at.

    "They don't know that side of me."


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