Love Island EXC: Jake Cornish looks completely different in tattoo-free ...

Love Island EXC: Jake Cornish looks completely different in tattoo-free ...
Love Island EXC: Jake Cornish looks completely different in tattoo-free ...

Love Island star Jake Cornish looks barely recognizable in throwback snaps from his teenage years after being voted 'the next Joey Essex' by his former classmates at school. 

MailOnline have obtained the photos, taken in year 11, from his unearthed yearbook at The Blue School in Wells, Somerset.

The tattooed hunk, 24, was given the title of Joey, 30, due to his 'dedication to his appearance and fashion sense'. 

'He was a real pretty boy': Love Island's Jake Cornish looks barely recognizable in throwback snaps from his teenage years after being voted 'the next Joey Essex' by his classmates at school

'He was a real pretty boy': Love Island's Jake Cornish looks barely recognizable in throwback snaps from his teenage years after being voted 'the next Joey Essex' by his classmates at school

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It sparked comparisons to the former TOWIE favourite, who is known for his bold style choices. 

One throwback photo featured Jake on New Year's Eve with pals and another snap saw him posing next a friend. The Love Islander appeared fresh-faced and sported coiffed a hairdo.  

Another image revealed the young Jake posing with the rest of his football team while rocking a blue kit. 

Discussing the Love Islander's Joey title, his school friend recalled: 'Jake was given the title as the "most likely to be the next Joey Essex" because of his looks.

Exclusive: The tattooed hunk, 24, was given the title of Joey, 30, due to his 'dedication to his appearance and fashion sense' (pictured earlier this year)

Exclusive: The tattooed hunk, 24, was given the title of Joey, 30, due to his 'dedication to his appearance and fashion sense' (pictured earlier this year)

Icy fresh: It sparked comparisons to the former TOWIE favourite, who is known for his bold style choices

Icy fresh: It sparked comparisons to the former TOWIE favourite, who is known for his bold style choices

'He was, even at that age, obsessed with his appearance and imitated Joey’s style even back then. He was a real pretty boy.

'It’s no surprise he ended up on Love Island because he fits right in.'

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It was during his school days he also asked to be referred to by the moniker 'Young Corn', in an apparent bid to look cool. 

And of his self-titled nickname, the pal said: 'He was deadly serious about that, there was no irony to it at all.

Going back: MailOnline have obtained the photos, taken in year 11, from his unearthed yearbook at The Blue School in Wells, Somerset

Going back: MailOnline have obtained the photos, taken in year 11, from his unearthed yearbook at The Blue School in Wells, Somerset

Looking different: One throwback photo featured Jake on New Year's Eve with pals and the Love Islander appeared fresh-faced and sported coiffed a hairdo

Looking different: One throwback photo featured Jake on New Year's Eve with pals and the Love Islander appeared fresh-faced and sported coiffed a hairdo

'He just thought it was really cool to be referred

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