The latest batch of Love Island contestants may be living it up in the villa, with a long summer of crackin’ on and coupling ahead of them, but it’s been reported that this year’s Islanders were forced to sign a “brutal” new contract before they could appear on the show.
It’s claimed they were told “nobody may fancy you” and that there were “no guarantees” of everlasting fame and fortune after appearing on the show, in a stark warning from producers.
The new contract highlighting the “potential downsides” of taking part in the ITV2 dating show was designed to “safeguard” contestants as part of bosses’ duty of care protocols.
In no uncertain terms, the Islanders were told, “There's no guarantee as to how long your stay in the villa will last - you could be the first person to leave and nobody may fancy you."
The contract also stated, “If you're hoping that you will become famous by taking part in the show there are no guarantees that this will happen. It may not change your life in any way."
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Before they entered the villa, Hugo Hammond, Kaz Kamwi, Liberty Poole and their fellow Islanders were warned about the possibility of “increased negative attention” and told they could face public scrutiny for their “appearance/personality/behaviour.”
They were also warned the public could “quickly lose interest” in them after the show and that their “newly acquired affluent lifestyle” may only be temporary, according to The Sun.
A TV insider told the publication, “It was brutal to read but at least everyone knows what to except now and there's no surprises."
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This comes after ITV revealed that Islanders will be offered “at least eight therapy sessions” when they leave the villa as part of the “comprehensive psychological support” given before, during and after the show.
Registered mental health professionals are always on hand for the Islanders, who have to complete detailed psychological and medical assessments before the show. There is also a dedicated welfare team for Islanders during and after their time in the villa, with the senior team based in Majorca also trained in mental health first aid.
ITV will also remain in “proactive contact” with all contestants for 14 months after the series ends, with additional support available “where applicable”.