Will Love Island bosses include first ever disabled contestant this year?

They're said to be planning the 'most diverse' line-up ever

Love Island disabled contestant diversity Milly Pickles

by Nathan Katnoria |

With Love Island returning to our screens in just a few weeks and bosses reportedly planning the “most diverse” line-up yet, all eyes on who will be entering the villa when it finally reopens its doors for another summer of love.

The ITV2 dating show has come under fire in previous years for the lack of diversity among contestants, but there are rumours that the line-up will include a disabled Islander for the first time ever after a TikToker revealed she had been approached by producers.

Milly Pickles, a 24-year-old para-athlete and influencer who had her right leg amputated when she was electrocuted by 750 volts, let slip she had been tapped up to appear on Love Island in a video on the social media platform and, while she turned down the opportunity, she shared her hopes that the latest cast would be more inclusive than previous years.

Milly said, “I was asked to go on Love Island this year and I said no, but would I have been the first disabled Love Islander and does this mean that there being more inclusive? Because, if so, fabulous. Cannot wait to watch?”

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The social media star’s followers took to the comments section to echo her sentiments about Love Island bosses needing to diversify the show, with one writing, “Yes! More disabled representation is needed in programmes beyond The Undateables.”

Another added, “I’ve been fighting with TV companies to include more disabled people in their programming,” while a third commented, “I’m disabled and fat. That’s the diversity I’d love.”

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This all comes after it was rumoured that bosses were accepting applications from LGBTQ+ singletons on Tinder. At the time, a representative for the show insisted that being straight has never been a condition for being on Love Island as they said, “Our only stipulation for applicants on Love Island is that they are over 18, single and looking for love.”

However, just weeks later, ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said that including LGBTQ+ contestants on Love Island would present “logistical difficulties”.

She told Radio Times, “In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100% straight, the format must sort of give [them] an equal choice when coupling up.”

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