Love Islanders are allowed to leave the villa once a week to get to know each other without the cameras

Just when we thought we knew everything there is to know about Love Island, another fact comes along and shocks us.

Chris Williamson, who was in the first series of the hit show, has been spilling the behind-the-scenes secrets on his Modern Wisdom podcast.

He admitted that everyone gets the chance to head out without cameras watching to get to know each other.

“Think that’s the one not many people know about at all,” he said. “But yeah, once a week we were allowed to leave the villa and weren’t filmed so none of the viewers would ever know.

“There was a day every week when footage wasn’t needed, which was liberating as you could talk about anything.”

He added that storylines on the show often get a little poking from producers to move them along quicker.

“There is a person called a villa producer who comes in to capitalise on storylines,” he said.

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“At the end of the day, ITV2 need an hour of good TV every night so they can’t really wait weeks for people in there to make a move or address certain things.

“That said, what you see on screen is an accurate portrayal of what goes on.

“People don’t watch Love Island because of its great writing, they want to invest in people and their personalities.”

Chris also revealed the extreme lengths producers go to to make sure contestants don’t discover the time.

“That’s probably the craziest thing. When you wake up, when you go to bed – you never know the time,” he added.

“Even when you go out the villa, the car clocks get changed and even the driver’s watch! It’s really confusing!”

In a statement, ITV said Chris’ claims weren’t up to date with the latest series of the show adding: “Occasionally in the past, some Islanders have been taken out of the villa – for example last year all of the girls were taken out for beauty treatments – but this is at the producers’ discretion and it is very much done on an ad hoc basis (as opposed to a set day each week).

“The majority of the dates, which are filmed, take place away from the villa.

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