Why did Josh and Anna from Love Island break up?

The winners of Love Island season two, Josh and Anna, announced their separation due to the strict lockdown regulations, claiming that it put a strain on their relationship.

Love Island Australia season two premiered in October 2019. The show sees a group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, living in isolation from the outside world in a villa, constantly under video surveillance. To survive in the villa, the contestants must be coupled up with another Islander, whether it be for friendship, love or money, as the winning couple receives $50 000.

Not only did Anna McEvoy and Josh Packham find love on the show, they also walked away with the prize money. However, Australia’s beloved couple confirmed their separation in November 2020.

Anna took to Instagram to announce their break up. She shared an emotional post that has since been deleted, stating, “It is with great sadness that Josh and I are going our separate ways, I know that so many of you are invested in our relationship but please know we did everything we could to make it work.” Adding, “It is extremely difficult to break up with someone who you still love, but it is the right thing to do. Please respect our privacy and thank you for the ongoing love and support.”

Before their breakup, they were looking at rental properties as they planned to move in together. Josh and Anna moved in together right before Melbourne’s second lockdown was announced.

According to Anna, the intense lockdown tested her and Josh’s relationship. In a YouTube video, Josh revealed that they were stepping on each other’s toes too much, as they were “trapped” in an apartment. He further stated, “I am sure heaps of people feel the same way. Sometimes in a relationship you need a bit of space from one another for it to be healthy, but the COVID-19 lockdown does not allow for that.”

After their breakup, Josh self-isolated in Darwin for two weeks after moving out of the apartment he shared with Anna. After the isolation period, Josh returned to Sydney and lived there before moving to Melbourne.