REAL reason Love Island stars don’t get drunk revealed

Some contestants have been removed from the show for breaking these rules


by Tiffany Wallis |

Ah, the Love Island rules. They've long been shrouded in mystery, with show bosses reluctant to reveal what exactly is just not on in the villa.

However thanks to Closer's Love Island Secrets and a whole lot of digging we've found out what the Islanders are and aren't allowed to do in the villa.

Remember during Love Island 2019 when Sherif Lanre left Love Island after breaking the rules after just nine days on the show? Though we may never know for certain what those rules were, there's plenty in place that he could have broken.

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Love Island's Sherif Lanre was kicked out after nine days ©ITV

According to former Islanders, the stars of ITV2's popular dating show have to abide by a number of strict rules when they're in the villa, including a smoking ban and a no nudity policy.

Unfortunately, Sherif had to learn the hard way that there are a certain number of rules that, if are not followed, can get you chucked out of the villa immediately.

As we edge closer to another summer of Love Island (we can't wait), here's what the rest of the Islanders have said about the rules in the villa...

Love Island: what are the rules?


Love Island: What are the rules?

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In a recent TikTok, Love Island 2019 star Amy Hart revealed that if you don't decide to drink one night, you can't give your drinks to someone else and if you do, the whole villa will be banned from drinking for a certain amount of days. She said, "If you do get caught giving your drink to anyone everyone gets banned for like five days so you'll let everyone else down. So yeah, don't do that."

1. Alcohol
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It is suggested that one of Love Island's main rules is that contestants follow the strict alcohol policy.Eyal Booker from Series four of Love Island exclusively told Closer about the villa's very strict drinks policy.When asked about how much the Islanders were allowed to drink, he told us, "it was very, very limited. Max two glasses of wine a night and that's max!"

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Love Island is all about finding 'genuine' connections in the most romantic villa in the world and that means no phones and no connections to the outside world. From the beginning, the original Islanders have their phones taken away from them before they go into isolation, so they have no clue who they are going in with and their social media is managed by friends and loved ones.

However, 2021 Islander Shannon Singh, who was brutally dumped from the villa after just two days, has revealed that there were certain Islanders who broke this rule, as bombshell contestant Lucinda was allowed to 'keep her phone'.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Shannon said, "I've done three weeks on my own in isolation. I didn't have a phone like a lot of the Islanders, like Lucinda, people like that, when they were in the isolation."

She added, "They had their phones and things like that for at least a week. I had no phone and there was a really big build-up just for that."

Each Islanders DOES have a phone in the villa, though, but it's not their personal phone. How else would they scream 'I'VE GOT A TEEEEEXT!?' The phones they use are unable to make contact with the outside world they can only be contacted by the production team via text. They can also text each other and take selfies during their stay in the villa which has caused A LOT of drama over the years as the production team can see everything.

2. Eating
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According to 2018 Islander Alexandra Cane, one of the Love Island rules insists that contestants food intake is monitored.Viewers are always wondering when the contestants eat as we never see them sit down for meals unless they leave the villa to go on dates. Alexandra Cane revealed to Closer, "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".

3. Smoking
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In the first few seasons of Love Island, smoking was openly seen on camera and the smoking area seemed the most popular hotspot for the best conversations and gossiping. However, the show then faced backlash as it was seen to encourage and glamourise the habit. So in 2018, the ITV2 show introduced strict rules which meant Islanders could only smoke off screen. Smokers now have to ask for a cigarette and enter the designated area one at a time, it's said.The 2018 smoking ban inside the villa grounds seems to have carried on for the fifth series.

4. Health checks
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Love Island Bosses recently revealed that the 2019 cast had to pass mental health checks before entering the villa.This rule comes after the reality show received criticism for its aftercare in the wake of the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.Niall Aslam, from 2018, left the villa just days into the series and later shared his daily struggles with Asperger's syndrome and mental health. Each Islander now follows a continuous duty of care process which covers pre-filming, filming and aftercare.

5. Fighting
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Kady McDermott recently claimed that she was punched and left with a bleeding nose during her time on Love Island.Kady came third in 2016 alongside her then boyfriend Scott Thomas, but has now admitted her feud with fellow Islander Malia Arkian extended far beyond what was shown on TV.Kady shared an apparent extra insight into the infamous fight as she shared a video of the altercation on her Twitter page.At the time viewers were told that Malia had "shoved" Kady and subsequently been removed from the house.It seems that the no-fighting policy on the ITV2 show is very strict and those who break it, are removed from the villa immediately.

6. Microphones
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We are assuming that Love Island has one quite obvious rule - keep the microphone packs on at all times. The producers like to capture every conversation that takes place on the show and Dani Dyer revealed that while everything on the show is real, some things are tweaked.She told the Capital Breakfast show, "The only direction you have is just on your conversations, so that they space them out a little bit because you can't have like 10 conversations going on at once so they'll be like, 'just wait a little bit longer' or 'leave it 'til the morning'."

8. No nudity
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This rumoured rule has definitely been broken in the past...It's claimed that Love Island's apparent no nudity policy means contestants are not allowed to be fully naked in front of each other or even in the shower, as the villa is a public place.

8. Masturbation
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One of Love Island's rules apparently includes a ban on solo sex acts.We are assuming that masturbating, along with full nudity, is banned for contestants so others are not made to feel uncomfortable in the villa.According to The Mirror, "Despite islanders being told to get frisky whenever they wish, this must be with a partner. No solo acts are permitted on the premises".However Elma Pazar hinted that all the boys broke this rule in the villa.

9. The Handbook
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Former Islander of series three, Simon Searles, told The Sun about Love Island's strict booklet, that is given to each contestant on the show. He told the publication, "They give you a bit of a handbook before and it's in regards to consent, nakedness, condoms, what's right and what's not."You never really get a lot of drink but they do say if someone's had too much to drink do not have sex with them."

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Sherif was kicked out of the Love Island villa on day 9 after he play fought with Molly-Mae Hughes and described it as a "c--t punch".However the TV star admitted that it wasn't the first time he was told off for saying something controversial. He explained to The Sun: "There were so many things I was pulled aside on. The first was calling Amber 'lighty,' which I know is a poor choice of words but she did not get offended."He went on to say: "I asked them, 'Can you give me a list of the words I can use?' They said, 'No, but you cannot use that one.'"Arabella Chi also revealed she was told off for saying something deemed controversial.

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In an exclusive chat with Closer online, Amy Hart told us that singing 'commercial' music – pop songs, to me or you – was against the villa rules. They worked a way around it by singing songs from Disney films and musical theatre, instead.

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Love Island 2020 star Shaughna Phillips, our hero, has also spilled the tea on the show's PUBS.

You heard.

Sadly, not a place where you can pull up a stool and order yourself a packet of dry roasted and Savvy Blanc, PUB stands for potentially unacceptable behaviour. And apparently she was pulled up on it a lot.

"Me and Paige Turley was getting PUBbed every other day, which is potentially unacceptable behaviour," she told us.

"Nine times out of ten, it was conversations me and Paige was having with each other," she exclusively told Closer Online.

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