Is Love Island real?

Former Islanders have spilled the tea

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |

Over the years there's been so much drama we're pretty sure a lot have people have often asked ourselves, "Is Love Island real?"

Remember when Tom Walker joked about Maura Higgins being "all mouth" but she walked in on him at just the right time?

Or when Maura revealed she fancied Curtis Pritchard but her confession seemingly came from the middle of nowhere?

We can't forget the time Jack Fincham's ex-girlfriend entered the villa and it left Dani Dyer in a flood of tears? (Plus it resulted in thousands of Ofcom complaints).

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dani broke down in tears on the show ©ITV

So we thought we'd do a little digging to see if Love Island is staged and scripted or not. After all, a lot of contestants have admitted that they were actually approached for the show on Instagram, rather than originally applying on the website...

Over the years we've spoke to a lot of Islanders who have spilled their Love Island Secrets and Zara Holland, who took part in the 2016 series, said, "[Producers] would 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."

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zara spoke out about her time on the show ©ITV

Fellow Islander Scott Thomas - brother of actors Adam and Ryan - has also explained, "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."

Recently Love Island 2020 star Leanne Amaning claimed that she had to film her split from Mike Boateng three times following allegations that their first break-up was "not good enough".

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leanne and mike during love island 2020 ©ITV

And back in 2019, during an exclusively chat with Molly-Mae Hague she opened up about 'betraying' Tommy Fury in the villa and admitted that it actually happened after one of the producers asked her to tell Anna Vakili about Anton Danyluk giving his number to the shop assistant.

Yewande Biala also revealed that sometimes the producers would "egg you on" during a situation in the villa.

Her 2019 co-stars Danny Williams and Jourdan Riane also explained that sometimes producers would get involved to help them articulate themselves in the villa.

However Eyal Booker, who appeared on the show in 2018, has said that he only saw the producers during the challenges.

"[It was only] 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."

Love Island 2019 star Paul Knops, who dated Laura Anderson, has also told us that the show is not "scripted at all".

"It's all from the heart," he added.

In the past Love Island bosses have denied any 'fake' claims and in a statement they explained, "Love Island is not scripted.

"As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what's happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life."

Check out: former Love Island stars reveal how they were approached for the show

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They went on to tell The Sun, "We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is produced.

"This is often acknowledged in the voice over by Iain Stirling. It is absolutely untrue to suggest that Love Island is fake. The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.

"As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements."

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