From Adam Collard’s shock return to Jacques O’Neill quitting the villa, there’s been more drama than you can shake at a stick at on this year’s Love Island – and that’s just this week alone. But cast your minds back two years and one of the biggest Love Island scandals of all time occurred when Sherif Lanre was quietly removed from the villa after just nine days for “breaking the rules”.
At the time, it wasn’t known which rules Sherif had broken but it was later reported that he received the boot for kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the groin while play fighting and referring to it as a “c--t punt”.
Two years later, Sherif has now spoken out to address the mystery surrounding his early exit from the villa and reveal the reason he was removed from the show.
Speaking on the Murad Merali podcast, Sherif explained what really happened during his altercation with Molly-Mae, “If I’m being 100 per cent honest, there was a physical connection by definition but it wasn’t like I’d hit her.”
He continued, “Me and Molly-Mae are having a little karate play fight but we’re not even touching each other. One of the moves I did was a little kick and she’s come towards me at the same time. My leg touched her groin but it wasn’t like I’d kicked her. If someone kicks their leg towards me, I’m going to move like that, so on camera it probably looked a lot worse than it was.
“That happened. Didn’t even say anything. She wasn’t even hurt and we just carried on, brushed our teeth, went to bed. In my head, I don’t think there’s any time between then and when I’d been drawn out of bed in the morning that Molly-Mae could have complained, but I’ll never know.”
Sherif then revealed he was woken up in the “early hours” of the morning and sent to the Beach Hut where was “grilled” by two directors about what had happened with Molly-Mae.
He said, “They said, ‘Did I think it was acceptable? Was violating code of conduct…’ It felt like it was a whole security breach. The directors of the show are talking to me saying it’s a breach of the contract and they’re going to remove me from the villa. After that I didn’t have time to go back, say goodbye and pack my bags, nothing. They packed my bags for me and took me to another villa where I stayed overnight and got to call my family and tell them what had happened.”
When asked about referring to the incident as a “c--t punt”, Sherif added, “If I had actually hurt that girl, there’s no way I’d be joking about it. It’s the only way I can explain it to people. I’m not that guy, if I’d actually hurt her and kicked her in her private parts and she was clearly hurt, I wouldn’t have been joking about it.
“After that had happened, we both went back to normal, we were still joking and then Tommy [Fury] was there and I was just like, “Yeah, that’s a c--t punt.” I said that, Tommy was laughing, Molly-Mae was laughing and I was laughing.”
Sherif continued, "I can’t confirm or deny if Molly-Mae either got drawn by the producers to talk about what happened before I got drawn or if Molly-Mae went to them and complained. Maybe they saw it on the cameras and Molly-Mae had nothing to do with it really and truly. But that’s what happened, it was light hearted, it was completely humorous and they tried to grill me about it and make me feel like it was a breach of security protocol."
Sherif also revealed he no longer speaks to Molly-Mae or any of the other Islanders from his series, telling host Murad Merali, “She blew up too much let’s be honest.”
Back in 2019, Molly-Mae told Closer Online there was “no beef” between her and Sherif.
She said, “No, absolutely not, no beef with me and Sherif. I’ve not got my phone back yet, I’ve not even spoken to Sherif… But there’s absolutely no beef between me and Sherif. I love the boy to pieces."
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If you cast your mind back to the summer of 2018, you may remember that the World Cup was on. And it must have been torture for a big fan like Josh, then a SPORTbible presenter, to go without knowing the scores.Or maybe not."One of the runners was like a big football fan," Josh revealed, speaking on the Prevayl: Better Begins Here podcast."So sometimes we'd go and get a drink in the evening. The runner would pop his head around and he'd show me a highlight of like something. So, I found out (football updates) at that point, but he wasn't there all the time."
Connagh has confessed that the one weird thing he found about the villa was when he discovered that while eating dinner the boys and girls are separated.
Eve has confessed that one thing viewers might not be aware of is that they're filming late into the night."Sometimes we would go to bed and it would be getting light outside, the birds would start, so it was late nights sometimes," she told Closer."Although that's me guessing, because we didn't know the time. Sometimes we would get lie ins if we were up quite late, but usually we'd get up quite early."
Danny revealed that producers call them to the beach hut by talking over speakers that are placed all around the villa."There's a tannoy. There's speakers everywhere and production will speak over the tannoy."
Jourdan spoke about what the Islanders get up to on their Love Island phones inside the villa and honestly, it doesn't sound like a lot."The only thing on our phones is the gallery and a camera to take pictures with and you can message each other within the villa."But everything you message - production can see anyway."She added: "Every other setting on the phone is completely locked."
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They might look like they're living their best lives in their bikinis but they're actually not. Kendall Rae Knight from Love Island series four confessed, "The first week it might have looked really warm but it was freezing.""For the whole first week all I wanted to do was put jackets and hoodies on." Although she did go on to add, "When the sun came out it was quite nice."
According to Islander Sam Bird, viewers don't get to see all the couples in the hideaway."You don't really see every single person in there because there's 24 hours in the day there's not enough time. When there's like 20 people in the villa they've got to go somewhere."He added, "Everyone says that there's hidden doors but there isn't."
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Bombshell Megan Barton Hanson admitted that the audition process is "really fun", she explained, "The producers were really lovely and I think you just have to be honest, open and tell them exactly what you want. "I was so honest about the nightmare dates I had and how scatty and clumsy I am and I think they love it. You can't put on an act they're going to see through it so just be yourself."
Eyal Booker also revealed what happens during the Love Island auditions."You're sat in a room with 50 other guys filling out a form and they take you in one by one. Then it's just call back after call back, meeting with this person and that person, filming you filming you filming you and then all of a sudden they're like you're going on the show tomorrow."Well, that's a slight exaggeration because he actually found out he was going on the show "two to three weeks" before it started. He had to keep top secret about his role on the show too, "We weren't allowed to tell anyone in case it got out in the press so I told my closest friends."Eyal also spoke out and admitted he barely had any interaction with the producers during his time in the villa. He told Closer magazine, "The only time we saw producers was during challenges, when we needed to know what was going on and what we were doing.""We also saw them during dates, when we left the villa and there was a camera crew and chaperones there."
Zara McDermott revealed the real reason you don't often see the contestants in the pool and it's actually to do with their microphones. "It's amazing in there but because you're in the pool you can't have a mic on. So usually if [you] were going to get in quite a lot of people get in together.""You're not allowed to really talk or have any conversations if you don't have a mic on."She added, "So obviously if you're going to have a chat you're encouraged to get out and then that's when they'd film."
Scott Thomas told Closer magazine that during his series - in 2016 - the contestants actually left the villa and it wasn't show on TV."Every two weeks, we had a beach day, where the producers would take the girls and the boys separately to spend a day on the beach to relax away from the cameras and switch off.""When you've been in one house for such a long time, I think it's healthy to get out so you don't get cabin fever! Other than that, you're under villa arrest."He also went on to reveal that sometimes the producers would give the contestants "pep talks". He admitted, "They would egg you on or encourage you to go after the girl you liked – they'd kind of give you a confidence boost." "If you had a good chat with someone in the villa, the producers would sometimes ask for you to have it again so they could film it properly or from a different angle."
It's safe to say that Theo Campbell was an outspoken contestant during his time in the villa in 2017 and it seems that the producers may have had a little to do with that."You know if you're liked. The producers told me I was doing well, and encouraged me to keep going."He even admitted that when Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood split in the villa, the producers "banned them from speaking" before claiming they were told "they needed to do a big reunion scene, otherwise no contact".
Montana Brown found out two months before going on the villa that she was going to be a Love Island 2017 contestant and decided to get into a fitness regime. "I went on a health and fitness kick. I'd start the day with fasted cardio, which is spinning or running for an hour before eating breakfast. "I'd do hill sprints, too. In the evening, I'd do 90 minutes of weight training. I was also doing around 50 squats a day to get a peachy bum."
It sounds like things have definitely changed since series 2 back in 2016 as according to Zara Holland, two producers lived in the villa with the contestants."We had two producers and they lived downstairs. We regularly chatted to them throughout the day." She added, "They had to come in around dinner and change our mics. They'd ask us how we were doing."Zara continued, "They'd also create scenes by asking a group of us to go and sit down in a specific place and have a conversation about a specific thing. It did sometimes feel very controlled."
Kem Cetinay has insisted that looks aren't everything when it comes to choosing Love Island contestants. He said, "I'm sure we'll have loads of great characters they're really good the casting team. They don't just pick on looks and models, they really pick on personality."
If you're wondering why you never see the Love Island contestants absolutely wasted it's because they don't get much while they're in the villa. "We were rationed with alcohol – they didn't want us to get out-of-control drunk, so we'd only be allowed three small glasses of wine a night," Jess Shears admitted. "On the nights where there was a celebration or new islanders, we got a few bottles of bubbly for the group. My co-star Olivia Attwood and I would always try to sneak a few more glasses than everyone else!""One-on-one dates would always have more booze, though, especially a first date. They wanted to loosen you up a bit and be more flirtatious."She even went on to claim that when the islanders infamously scream "I'VE GOT A TEXT" it may actually be staged. "It looks like we get texts out of the blue, but we had to be reminded to check our phones as we never really had them on us. "So when we got a text, we wouldn't know about it straight away. The producers would tell us to get our phones and then say 'I've got a text' for the cameras."Jess also went on to confess that there were a lot of meltdowns during her time on Love Island. She said, "We had a psychologist on hand that we could speak to whenever we needed to." "There were a lot of meltdowns in the villa over missing family and friends, lack of contact with the outside world and general cabin fever so the psychologist was on hand whenever anyone needed them."
She was unlucky in love during her time on Love Island 2018 but Alexandra Cane has revealed why we never see the contestants eating lunch or dinner.She said, "We do have to be monitored on what we eat. This is to make sure everyone in the house is eating sufficient amounts of food and no one is going to get ill."So, lunch and dinner times were never shown because we had to eat certain amounts."She added, "Sometimes we would be split up so the girls would sit on their own and the boys would sit on their own to eat food, but it was mainly for monitoring purposes".
So Alexandra revealed the reason we don't see the Islanders eat during their time in the villa and Paul has spilled the tea on what they actually eat.Chatting to Closer Online, he said: "Diet wise isn't so great in the villa."In the morning you have breakfast - cereal, eggs, bacon - but you can actually request food and they'll put it in the fridge overnight."He went on to reveal that the catering team go into the villa for their lunch but described the food as bland.
Amy Hart sensationally quit the show following her brutal dumping by Curtis Pritchard and has now opened up about what happened after she left the villa. She admitted: "I watched a video featuring former Islanders Samira Mighty, Dr Alex and Jamie Jewitt explaining what life will be like."