'I thought I was the most hated person': Tayla and Grant win Love Island
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'I thought I was the most hated person': Tayla and Grant win Love Island

Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir are the winners of the first-ever season of Love Island Australia, beating early favourites Eden Dally and Erin Barnett in a public vote.

Crapp and Damir, who caused quite the controversy at the beginning of the show, ended up winning viewers over with their steady, genuine romance, and they've each pocketed $25,000 as their reward.

In an emotional finale, the three remaining couples - Crapp and Damir, Dally and Barnett and Josh Moss and Amelia Marni - met host Sophie Monk to find out which couple had received the most votes to win.

Moss and Marni were out first, followed by Dally and Barnett, leaving Crapp and Damir to be crowned the winners - and no one was more surprised than the winning couple themselves.

"We're over the moon," Damir told Fairfax Media after their win. "We keep pinching ourselves, it doesn’t feel quite real yet."

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"We thought we were going to end up third," Crapp said.

"We actually didn’t even think we were going to get to the final three!" Damir said. "Sophie asked us, 'What are you going to do with the money?' and we looked at each other with blanks faces because we'd never even thought about it."

Their shock at winning might not be a surprise to regular viewers of the show. Crapp and Damir were definitely not Australia's favourite couple in the beginning after a controversial start to their relationship.

In the first few days of the show, they'd coupled up with other people - but they soon decided, during whispered chats on the day bed outside the villa, that they actually wanted to be together.

Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir actually found love on Love Island.

Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir actually found love on Love Island.

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Crapp became the resident bad boy when he lied to his partner Cassidy McGill about his feelings for Damir, saying she was the one instigating the romance - when in reality it was the other way around.

Crapp copped a lot of heat from Aussie viewers at home - but, of course, being locked away in a Spanish villa, the couple didn't know exactly how they were being received.

"After week one, I literally thought I was the most hated person in Australia," Damir said. "We thought we were going to get ripped new ones when we left here - but we just had to put that out of our minds and make sure we were really true to ourselves, no matter what.

"I think hopefully Australia can see who we are and that we did do it for a reason... we were following our hearts."

Crapp echoed Damir's words. "My biggest regret is accusing Tayla of saying [she wanted to kiss me] first," he said. "It looked bad - that was definitely my biggest regret. A massive f----up from me, and I regret it."

Eden Dally and Erin Barnett narrowly missed out on winning $50,000.

Eden Dally and Erin Barnett narrowly missed out on winning $50,000.

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After their tumultuous first week in the show, Crapp and Damir settled in and became inseparable.

Their genuine love for each other started to win fans over - while on the other hand, their strongest competitors, Dally and Barnett, were losing grip on the "fan favourites" title they'd been holding, thanks to a few big blow-ups.

Are there hard feelings between the couples now that one is $50,000 richer and the other is not? Damir says no.

"I think it might have been a little shock to the system for them - it was a shock to the system for us! But I went over to them straight away and Grant followed me, and we all congratulated each other," Damir said. "There was no hate or backlash, it was really nice."

After Crapp and Damir's win was announced, Damir had one last decision to make: split the $50,000 prize she held in her hand with Crapp, or keep it all for herself. She chose to split - she says it was "an easy decision" - and the pair has big plans for their newfound riches.

Moving to Sydney! Crapp and Damir will leave their home states to start their lives together.

Moving to Sydney! Crapp and Damir will leave their home states to start their lives together.

Photo: Channel Nine

With Damir living in Queensland and Crapp hailing from Canberra, they've decided to relocate to Sydney, to start their new lives together.

Damir is going to use her portion of the prize money to set herself up in a new city, while Crapp is giving at least half to a close friend who recently suffered a bad accident and has a growing medical bill.

It's clear the money is simply an unexpected bonus to the loved-up couple - they finish each other's sentences often, and say, multiple times, that they weren't on the show for the money.

"Even before the final, I believed that I won," Crapp says. "I won Love Island because I found Tayla and that’s the reason I came on the show."