Love Island’s Sherif Lanre: what’s he up to now?

As new details emerge about his sudden exit


by Hannah Mellin |

Love Island star Sherif Lanre's time on the popular ITV2 show came to an abrupt end in 2019 when he was booted off the show following an incident with Molly-Mae Hague.

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sherif in the villa ©ITV2

While many Islanders of the past have left the show early, there has only been two who have been removed by show bosses - Malia Arkian following a fight with Kady McDermott in 2016 and Sherif.

So, why was Sherif Lane removed from Love Island?

In 2019, show bosses released a statement confirming Sherif's removal, and he himself then released a statement, that read, "In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa."

The event was shrouded in mystery and it was only a week after that the nation found out why he had to go. In an interview with The Sun, Sherif finally revealed that he was booted off the show after accidentally kicking fellow contestant Molly-Mae in the groin during a play fight and then jokingly referring to it as a "c--t punt".

The next day, the show’s directors woke him up before everyone else and told him he had to leave. It was a decision from higher up, they said, and he had to get out of the villa without packing his bags or saying goodbye to the other contestants.

However in new information, Sherif's co-star and 2019 winner Amber Gill has shed more light on the incident with Molly-Mae and provided some more details.

Speaking on Murad Merali's podcast in May 2022, Amber revealed, "I was so shocked because I wasn't there when that event happened. I was confused, I'm still confused to what actually happened. I was devastated because I really grew close to Sherif."

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amber has opened up about sherif's shock exit ©ITV

She continued, "It was such a waste, he had such a fun personality that nobody got to witness. From what I hear it wasn't that bad. But I wasn't there, I think it happened in the bathroom upstairs, but I missed it all.

"I wish I had seen it because then I would have been able to judge it for what it was."

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sherif only lasted nine days ©ITV

What has Sherif Lane said about his time on Love Island?

As well as removing all references to Love Island on his Instagram page, Sherif hit out at the show in 2021, accusing the show of having double standards after failing to axe contestant Danny Bibby after his racist comments were unearthed.

Speaking on Victoria Derbyshire, Sherif said he felt the show had unconscious bias around the regulations for boys and girls, and maybe different races.

He also told the earlier publication, "ITV have shown complete double standards when it comes to racism.

"They don’t seem to care.

"A white guy has been allowed to apologise from inside the villa for using the N-word and carry on filming, whereas I was removed for play fighting and doing something by accident."

The former reality star continued, "The N-word shouldn’t be used and this contestant should be removed from the house like I was, especially after the England football team were racially abused this week. ITV needs to set an example.

"I think Love Island have milked this racism scandal to gain more exposure as people aren’t watching this series."

Sherif criticised Love Island’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

The 20-year-old reposted the show’s statement on his Instagram story and wrote, "@ITV2 @LoveIsland is everything alright at home?

"Y’all racist as hell, black people have only ever been fashion to you and the only reason you’ve even included us on the last two seasons is to fill a ‘quota’ to look politically correct."

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Aside from hitting out at the show in heavily worded Instagram posts, what else has Sherif been up to since?

What is Sherif Lanre doing now?

Rugby player Sherif is back to his day job and is looking incredibly fit as ever. He chooses to shun reality TV, and is also not about the sponsored post life.

Does Sherif Lanre have Instagram?

Yes, Sherif does have Instagram. You can follow Sherif over on @sherif_lanre.

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