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Love Island winner Kem Cetinay from Romford given Rising Star award by Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations

PUBLISHED: 09:33 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 05 October 2017

Love Island winner and Rising Star award recepient Kem Cetinay, right, with his mother Figen Cetinay at the CTCA awards. Picture: Olgun Sadik

Love Island winner and Rising Star award recepient Kem Cetinay, right, with his mother Figen Cetinay at the CTCA awards. Picture: Olgun Sadik

Olgun Sadik

Former Romford hairdresser and Love Island winner Kem Cetinay has been recognised by Britain’s Turkish Cypriot community.

Romford's Kem Cetinay, right, with, from left, Selin Kiazim, Touker Suleyman and Sir David Amess at the CTCA awards. Picture: Roxane GrantRomford's Kem Cetinay, right, with, from left, Selin Kiazim, Touker Suleyman and Sir David Amess at the CTCA awards. Picture: Roxane Grant

Kem, who shot to fame after winning ITV’s hit reality show, was given the Rising Star award by the Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations in Britain (CTCA UK) at a glitzy central London ceremony on Sunday night.

In a message sent to the Recorder on Wednesday, his girlfriend Amber’s birthday, Kem said he was “honoured” to have received the award.

He continued: “My Turkish Cypriot roots are really important to me. I’m proud of my heritage and how I’ve been brought up, it’s a big part of who I am.

“Sunday was an awesome night for me and my family.”

And Kem said it had been “an overwhelming few days” after winning the award, and his single with fellow Love Island star Chris Hughes hitting number one in the iTunes chart.

He added: “It’s the craziest feeling in the world and I’m just so, so grateful.”

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