This year’s Love Island is, as ever, stuffed full of the kind of drama we usually find in soapland.
Bedswapping, snakey backstabbings and serious tea-spilling happens every night from 9pm – but between the recouplings, awkward dates and endless conversations about each other’s relationships, it seems like the Love Island stars barely do anything else.
However, we can reveal there’s plenty going on that viewers will never get to see, from eating meals to using the bathroom like normal human beings.
And it’s not just essential human functions that are left out of the ITV2 show – smoking cigarettes also seems to have been completely edited out of the show for the last two years.
Viewers are also convinced that there are more ‘bits’ going on in the villa than the sex scenes that make the cut.
Here are all the Love Island secrets that are hidden from the public…
X-rated sex scenes
Love Island was accused of hiding sex scenes from viewers last year
After two weeks of dry humping and polite snogs, viewers were getting frustrated with the lack of action on screen.
Finally, Megan Barton-Hanson and Eyal Booker got down to it in the Hideaway.
But after a bit of rumpy-pumpy under the duvet and some balled-up pants action, randy viewers were left wanting more.
And some suggested that producers are editing out more graphic sex scenes – including ex-Islander Malin Andersson.
While on the show in 2016, Malin had sex with Terry Walsh in front of their housemates .
“Hold up so Love Island aren’t showing sex scenes this year lol,” she tweeted back in 2018
But a spokesman for the show insisted they still show what is necessary to the story.
“We broadcast what we consider relevant to the overall narrative of the show, and significant to the islanders’ stories, obviously working within compliance and editorial guidelines,” he told Mirror Online.
Contraceptives and STIs
Every Islander must undergo an STI test before they’re allowed into the villa – and there are strict guidelines in place governing safe sex.
Hundreds of Love Island-branded condoms are scattered around the villa and the cast must use them if they’re going to have sex.
Their villa handbook states that drunk sex is prohibited – and with a two-drink limit per day, there’s not much chance of that happening.
Every frisky couple must also report to the producers if they’ve had sex for a full debrief, to ensure everything was safe and consentual.
And it’s thought the girls are put on the contraceptive pill to prevent them from leaving with a mini-Islander at the end of their eight-week stint.
Cara de la Hoyde, who won the 2016 series with Nathan Massey, revealed there’s a shadowy group of people staying in the villa who never appear on camera – and they’re the ones encouraging the girls to protect themselves against pregnancy.
“We have chaperones who keep an eye on us all day and then all night, too. They are there all the time for emotional support. They aren’t on camera,” she told Glamour in 2017.
“They would really look after you like they would remind you to take your pill every day too.”
After leaving the villa, 2018 star Rosie Williams revealed the explosive fight she had with ‘fake’ Ellie Brown after hearing the blonde slagging the girls off to Sam Bird .
The dumped Islander claimed that just before she did her epic strut out of the villa, she confronted Ellie on being ‘fake’ in an argument that wasn’t shown on screen.
She explained to The Sun : “I heard her slagging all the girls off just before I left and confronted her.
“Her and Zara were talking to new boy Sam about all the girls in the villa and me and Samira were in the kitchen and just heard everything – saying we were all cold, isolating them and that I was making up stuff about Adam and what he’d done and that he’s not as bad as he seems.”
Aside from the odd snack or romantic date, meal time seems to be off limits for cameras.
Even the dinner dates focus on the Islanders mooning into each other’s eyes while ignoring their quickly congealing plates of pasta.
Nutritional therapist Shivani Rajdev told Mirror Online that the lack of eating being screened could give viewers dangerous ideas about gaining a ‘Love Island body’.
“As a professional in the nutrition industry, it worries me how physically alike the contestants are,” she said.
“It really does sum up how today’s world define what men and women ‘should look like’. Women are slim and have the ‘perfect bikini body’ whilst the men have six packs and muscular bodies that most would envy.”
She went on: “Love Island allows the use of the gym but shows no hint of pre- or post-workout meals.
“Given the popularity of Love Island and its link to body image, producers should show contestants eating meals with the public interest in mind and aim to have future shows consist of various shapes and sizes to celebrate how, in the real world we are all unique and beautiful in our own way.”
Love Island 2016 winner Cara de la Hoyde also revealed the reason why meals are never shown .
“Dinner was the best because it was total downtime. You sit with the chaperones and it’s not filmed and you have no mics on as they are changing all the batteries,” she revealed in 2017.
“You are not allowed to have sneaky conversations then that’s why the chaperones are there to watch you. If someone was to have a dramatic argument then you can’t go back and recreate it.”
Using the bathroom
Viewers never see Islanders dashing to the loo, because, frankly there’s no need for that.
However, there are still cameras inside the bathroom, which means Islanders have literally no privacy when it comes to their bodily functions.
In recent years, strict rules about personal behaviour have been brought in to govern nudity and even masturbation.
There’s an absolute no-no on getting naked in front of the other Islanders – even in the shower – and a hard line taken on any self-love.
However, rejected star Elma Pazar did admit to Mirror Online that literally every single boy has smashed the no-masturbation rule to pieces.
“No masturbation! I’m pretty sure all the boys have been cracking them out to be honest,” she joked.
“I’m not a boy, I don’t have a willy, but I’m pretty sure that all of the boys are breaking that rule.”
Last year, ITV executives restricted smoking on the prime-time dating show after receiving a flood of complaints from viewers who claimed it ‘glamorised’ the habit.
Contestants were told they could no longer light up in the living quarters and garden, unlike in previous series.
However, they’re still allowed to smoke outdoors in a special smoking ‘hut’ – after they’ve sought permission from a producer.
This year appears to be similar, as absolutely none of the new Islanders have been shown taking a drag.
It’s believed the contestants are being forced to comply with strict no-smoking rules as part of their contract, following more complaints about smoking than anything else in 2017.
*Love Island 2019 continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2