The shocking truth behind Love Island’s recoupling scenes

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Love Island Recouping

by Hannah Mellin |

As far as we’re concerned, Love Island's recouplings and dramatic dumpings are what we live for.

We'd actually forgotten how epic they are until we watched bombshell Danica Taylor nab her catch of the day by effortlessly putting a wedge between lovebirds Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, leaving a single Gemma no choice but to couple up with Davide Sanclimenti.

They aren't called bombshells for nothing 💣. BOOM.

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Recouplings are the icing on the cake that is Love Island and we can't get enough.

But until Love Island series three QUEEN Olivia Attwood spilled a TEAPOT full of tea on the show's recouping scenes, we never realised that what we see on telly is actually COMPLETELY different for the Islanders in the villa.

According to Olivia, the evenings where recouplings and dumpings happen are “intense” and can sometimes go on until 4am.

Olivia fessed, "Some of the dumpings can take such a long time. We did some recouplings that went on until three or four in the morning.

"We wouldn't know the time but the producers would be telling us we had to go to bed because it was the early hours of the morning."

She continued, "They're awful, they're worse in real life. On TV, they fill the silences with music but it is so deadly silent, all you can hear is the crackling of the fire.

Speaking in her OK! column, "The villa is in the middle of nowhere so when you're stood there waiting, you can literally hear a pin drop. It's so intense."

It's not the first time a former Islander has admitted that certain scenes are filmed again for more dramatic effect. 2019 Islander Maura Higgins previously admitted producers forced contestants to re-shoot scenes when they spoke too quietly or "said the wrong words".

She told the Late Late Show Ireland, "Just say, for instance, if a text came through and you weren't loud [enough] or if you stumbled on your words, you'd have to re-take obviously."

She added she was one of the main culprits, saying: "Some words I'd say wrong and I had to do it again. That happened a lot, actually."

Olivia, who coupled up with ex-boyfriend Chris Hughes on her series, also admitted that she struggled to write recoupling speeches – especially as they were coupled up for more than four weeks.

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"I got stuck a few times and [the producers] don't give you anything to say but you can go over it with them," she said.

"When you've been coupled up with the same person for four or five weeks, you do just run out of things to say."

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