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Love Island's Antigoni Buxton and Jacques O'Neill appear cheery as they head out for dinner

They may not have found love in the famous villa, but the former islanders have formed a strong bond outside.

And Love Island’s Antigoni Buxton and Jacques O’Neill appeared in good spirits when dining out in Manchester earlier this week.

The pair beamed as they made their way to Mexican and Japanese eatery Peter Street Kitchen, with the rugby player, 23, wrapping an arm around the 26-year-old singer.

Night out: Love Island's Antigoni Buxton, 26, and Jacques O'Neill, 23, put on a merry show when they dined out in Manchester earlier this week

Night out: Love Island’s Antigoni Buxton, 26, and Jacques O’Neill, 23, put on a merry show when they dined out in Manchester earlier this week

Antigoni looked stunning in a white Zara midi dress, with a slit down the thigh and a ruffle.

She paired the number with wraparound strappy heels and a mini Louis Vuitton handbag over her shoulder.

The beauty had let her signature blond curls fall freely, as she tossed them to one side.

With one arm on her friend’s shoulder, the beauty, who wore a glowing palette of makeup, leaned in beaming for a few snaps.

Stunning: Antigoni looked stunning in a white Zara midi dress, laughing with boyfriend Jacques

Stunning: Antigoni looked stunning in a white Zara midi dress, laughing with boyfriend Jacques

Stunning: Antigoni looked stunning in a white Zara midi dress, laughing with boyfriend Jacques

Chic: The Beauty She paired the number with strappy wrap heels and a mini Louis Vuitton handbag over her shoulder

Chic: The Beauty She paired the number with strappy wrap heels and a mini Louis Vuitton handbag over her shoulder

Chic: The Beauty She paired the number with strappy wrap heels and a mini Louis Vuitton handbag over her shoulder

Glowing: Antigoni had her blond locks dropped in her signature curl, while Jacques donned a black hoodie

Glowing: Antigoni had her blond locks dropped in her signature curl, while Jacques donned a black hoodie

Glowing: Antigoni had her blond locks dropped in her signature curl, while Jacques donned a black hoodie

While Jacques kept his look understated with light gray cuffed ankle pants and a black hoodie.

He added a pair of chunky white sneakers to the ensemble, while laughing with Antigoni.

It comes after the couple’s close friendship sparked dating rumors, with fellow ex-islander Charlie Radnedge stepping in to confirm that they’re just friends.

In an effort to put the rumors to bed via TikTok, Charlie explained: “Antigoni and Jacques are definitely not dating, they’re just good friends.

Out out: It comes after the couple's close friendship sparked dating rumors as they've been spotted on some nights out together

Out out: It comes after the couple's close friendship sparked dating rumors as they've been spotted on some nights out together

Out out: It comes after the couple’s close friendship sparked dating rumors as they’ve been spotted on some nights out together

Rumors stop: But when he went to TikTok, former islander Charlie Radnedge stepped in to confirm they're just friends (pictured as he leaves the villa with boyfriend Antigoni)

Rumors stop: But when he went to TikTok, former islander Charlie Radnedge stepped in to confirm they're just friends (pictured as he leaves the villa with boyfriend Antigoni)

Rumors stop: But when he went to TikTok, former islander Charlie Radnedge stepped in to confirm they’re just friends (pictured as he leaves the villa with boyfriend Antigoni)

“Everyone is wondering this right now. Like me and Antigoni, we’re safe in the friend zone.’

Sportsman Jacques dramatically left the villa earlier this month amid fears he would lose control after Adam Collard entered the villa – who has been in a relationship with his ex-Paige Thorne ever since.

And eagle-eyed viewers noticed this week how Jacques removed all traces of paramedic Paige from his Instagram page.

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Friends: Antigoni also denied dating rumors when she told The Sun, “Me and Jacques are absolutely nothing. People can’t believe that a boy and a girl can just be friends’

Antigoni has also confirmed that the pair have not spoken since Paige’s departure from the villa.

Speaking at the show’s wrap party, she shared: The sun: ‘I saw Paige last night, and they didn’t speak, no.’

“However, I’m really happy for Paige and I want the best for her. She’s amazing and she was one of my really good friends there, so anything that makes her happy is good for me.”

And another confirmation of the friendship she has with Jacques, Antigoni added: “Me and Jacques are absolutely nothing. People can’t believe that a boy and a girl can just be friends.’

Everywhere: Sportsman Jacques dramatically left the villa earlier this month amid fears he would lose control after Adam Collard entered the villa - who has been in a relationship with his ex-Paige Thorne ever since

Everywhere: Sportsman Jacques dramatically left the villa earlier this month amid fears he would lose control after Adam Collard entered the villa - who has been in a relationship with his ex-Paige Thorne ever since

Everywhere: Sportsman Jacques dramatically left the villa earlier this month amid fears he would lose control after Adam Collard entered the villa – who has been in a relationship with his ex-Paige Thorne ever since

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