Love Island has a group of secret Islanders who are never seen on camera and can potentially manipulate the storylines, it’s been revealed
The mystery group of individuals are never filmed but can influence Islanders’ behaviour – and even check up on the couples after they’ve had sex.
Known as chaperones, the shadowy individuals are always on call for Islanders who can get very lonely in the villa. revealed 2016 winner Cara de la Hoyde.
New mum Cara, who scooped the £50,000 prize with Nathan Massey two years ago, said chaperones will always speak to couples post-sex to make sure everyone is happy and content with the situation.
Speaking to Glamour in 2017, she said: "We have chaperones who keep an eye on us all day and then all night, too. They are there all the time for emotional support. They aren’t on camera.
"I was lucky I had a good ride and I met someone I really loved. But there were days when things were hard and you miss everyone. You can go sit out the front of the villa and chat to them.
"They would really look after you like they would remind you to take your pill every day too."
Ex-Islanders have also revealed dinner is not filmed as producers are changing the microphone batteries but Cara said chaperones are on hand to make sure there are no sneaky conversations either.
"Dinner was the best because it was total downtime. You sit with the chaperones and it’s not filmed and you have no mics on as they are changing all the batteries," she revealed.
"You are not allowed to have sneaky conversations then that’s why the chaperones are there to watch you. If someone was to have a dramatic argument then you can’t go back and recreate it."
Producers are also on hand to remind Islanders they are on camera and Cara said she was often persuaded to put on makeup as she forgot she was being filmed.
She said: "The producers know what is going on all the time. The next morning after you have sex, they take you to the side and say, ‘We are aware of what happened last night’.
"They are tactful and they want to check that you are happy that it happened and if you used protection. It’s not about being nosey, it’s safety. They are very conscious about looking after you."
Meanwhile, more secrets have been spilled from the Love Island villa – including how often those, ahem, well-used bedsheets get changed between bed-hopping partners.
Cleaners come in every day to tidy up the house, while the Islanders don’t even have to clean up their own plates – although they do provide a list of groceries they like and have their meals sent in.
And rather than spoil the look of the garden with a washing line full of bikini bottoms, the Islanders can send out their dirty laundry to be cleaned, pressed and returned within two days.
The girls get free access to clothes from Missguided and Rimmel cosmetics, while everyone gets access to an on-site hairdresser.
Adding a sense of disorientation, there are no watches or clocks allowed in the villa – even the car clocks are changed so Islanders don’t get to know what’s going on.
It’s also been revealed that STI checks are performed on everyone who enters the villa, so fellow residents know they’re free of contagious nasties such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
*Love Island continues weekdays at 9pm on ITV2
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