Who is Valerie Bragg in ‘Love Island USA’ and what is her connection to Chase Stokes?

To make room, FBOY Island and Too hot to handlebecause love island usa is back in full force. The series has a new host (Sarah Hyland), a new villa (in Santa Barbara, California) and a new network. Instead of resuming CBS’s summer schedule, the island of love is now airing on Peacock with new episodes dropping six nights a week.

The novelty extends to the show itself, as each season introduces a new batch of hotties looking to hook up and/or settle down and/or win $100,000. Even the cast is refreshed every two episodes as new castaways land. We’re barely a week into Season 4’s Night Run and there are already a few newbies looking to shake things up – and one of them is Valerie “Val” Bragg.

About who is Valerie Bragg love island usa?

Val joined the cast at the very end of Episode 1 along with her new addition Mady McLanahan. They arrived long after the first 10 islanders had mated, throwing all sleeping arrangements into chaos. Suddenly there were two new women in the villa vying for attention – and Valerie got along with a few guys. She first bonded with Felipe, as they are both from Latin America (he is from Brazil, she from Costa Rica). But when it came time to officially partner with someone, Val chose — I guess SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen Episode 3 yet — to partner with Jesse Bray. This left her original partner, Deb Chubb, hanging out to dry off and potentially be eliminated.

LOVE ISLAND -- Episode 103 -- Pictured: (lr) Jesse Bray, Valerie Bragg, Mady Mclanahan, Andy Voyen -- (Photo by: Casey Durkin/Peacock)
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Before landing on love island usa, Val resided in Florida where she works as a nutrition consultant. Oh – and she was part of a big online kerfuffle over a kiss she shared with Netflix star Chase Stokes External banks.

The duh-rama around this kiss, which was caught on camera and quickly spread across social media, was that External banks fans thought Val was responsible for Stokes’ breakup and his External banks co-star Madelyn Cline (even though the kiss took place on Dec. 29, 2021, and the couple’s split happened two months earlier). The drama was so deep that Val had to post a statement on TikTok.

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Bottom line: Val was at a club, got drunk, and had an affair with Chase Stokes. She knew he broke up with Madelyn, and she even says she was going through a breakup at the time too. She added, “I’m pretty sure I’m not the first girl he’s been with since they broke up, and I won’t be the last.” So that’s it. It was just a make out session in a club, nothing more.

The question now is, what’s going on between Val and Jesse? Could they be the real deal, or does Jesse still have eyes for Deb? Tune love island usa the Peacock Tuesday through Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET to find out.

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