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Brett Staniland: The first thing she said to me was, ‘It’s not been good’

Interview + Photography by Luke Alland, using Leica's Q2 Reporter.

"The first thing she said to me was, 'It's not been good', running through the comments day by day and seeing how it got out of hand was very eye-opening."

Brett Staniland is a model, writer and (a surprise to himself) an academic. We sat down with him at Cafe Carmel in Kings Cross for a cup of tea to talk about how he went from aspiring footballer to completing his PhD and, in the middle of it all, appearing on Love Island. There's much more than meets the eye, and sometimes trying to submit your thesis at a Pret during London Fashion Week isn't the best idea.

Luke Alland: There might not be a huge amount of people who know this, but if you were to go back to, y'know, 15, 16-year-old you, football was originally the plan wasn't it?

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