EXCLUSIVE: I was on Love Island and producers forced me to wear a bikini as I entered Casa Amor and told me to be a ‘bad b****’ when I sobbed after Andrew ‘licked my tit or whatever’
Coco Lodge today claimed Love Island producers forced her to wear a bikini against her wishes, leaving her feeling ‘humiliated.’
The former Islander, 28, told MailOnline she fought against bosses who insisted she couldn’t wear a swimsuit during her entrance despite her saying she felt ‘uncomfortable’ in the look they had chosen.
She joined the 2022 cast as a Casa Amor bombshell and was filmed in slow motion walking into the Spanish villa ready to entice the boys away from their partners during the show’s dramatic loyalty test.
Coco was left mortified after producers told her to go after Andrew Le Page, 27, who was coupled up with girlfriend Tasha Ghouri, 24, and they were intimate under the sheets, only to be rejected by the real estate agent once the challenge was over.
Coco Lodge today claimed Love Island producers forced her to wear a bikini against her wishes, leaving her feeling ‘humiliated’
Coco told MailOnline she fought against bosses who insisted she couldn’t wear a swimsuit during her entrance despite her saying she felt uncomfortable in the look they had chosen
In scenes that were never aired on the ITV2 show, Coco sobbed after Andrew kissed her breasts and then attempted to lessen the sexual act to ‘I licked her tit or whatever’ in what became the standout quote of the series.
Producers ordered Coco to be a ‘bad b****’ and not a ‘sad b****’ and riled her up until she confronted Andrew, in a move she said was to create more drama when in reality she was suffering a ‘meltdown.’
Coco explained: ‘When you first arrive to isolate you have to take photos in three options.
‘I wanted to wear this orange swimsuit I had, which was flattering for my body. They decided I should wear a bikini though so I was going back and forth with them because I didn’t feel comfortable.
She joined the 2022 cast as a Casa Amor bombshell and was filmed in slow motion walking into the Spanish villa ready to entice the boys away from their partners
Coco was left mortified after producers told her to pursue Andrew and they were intimate under the sheets, only to be rejected by the real estate agent once Tasha returned
‘They said they didn’t want anyone in swimsuits and they wanted us all in bikinis. They forced me to wear a bikini and when I got there, one of the other girls was in a swimsuit so I thought… you told me I wasn’t allowed and I really didn’t feel comfortable walking in wearing a bikini.
‘I knew there were going to be slow mo cameras and I’m sorry, we don’t all have perfect bodies. I wanted to feel really great just for that moment walking in. You put a lot of pressure on yourself and they forced me to wear a bikini… I was humiliated.’
For the first time since her Love Island appearance, which saw Coco become the victim of horrendous trolling, she has revealed that producers told her to pursue a romantic connection with Andrew despite him being coupled up with Tasha.
Coco was attracted to Davide Sanclimenti but turned her attention to Andrew after being lured into the idea by bosses.
She ended up growing to have genuine feelings for Andrew, their chemistry unquestionable as they passionately kissed in the villa pool.
For the first time since her Love Island appearance, which saw Coco become the victim of trolling, she has revealed that producers told her to pursue a romance with Andrew
She said: ‘For me, it was hinted to me that I should not go for Davide and I should ‘explore’ Andrew. I didn’t feel like I wanted to do it but it was the way they worded it.
‘Casa Amor is essentially a massive game to stay in and you don’t want to go home, you want to stay in bed with someone.
‘There’s a lot of pressure already so when they said that to me I thought ‘I’m going to have to do it because I want to stay.’ He wasn’t my first choice at all. They knew what they were doing. I felt manipulated and I didn’t realise until I got out the villa and saw how things played out.’
When Andrew and Tasha later rekindled their romance and Coco was left vulnerable, not only in the competition as a ‘single’ Islander but after feeling used, producers told her to stop crying and fight back.
Andrew was filmed playing down his intimacy’s with Coco, telling girlfriend Tasha he had ‘sucked her tit or whatever’ who was shocked to learn the extent of their fling
She said: ‘With the whole ‘tit’ thing… I was so upset. I felt like I had been pied off and before I went into the villa I had just got out of this awful relationship, which had broken down my self-esteem.
‘It was a trauma response how upset I was. I was crying loads and they kept taking me out to talk to me. I hadn’t eaten in two days and they said to me “no more being a sad b****, you have to be a bad b****” that’s what the producer kept saying to me. “No more being a sad b****, you have to be a bad b**** and tell everyone exactly what Andrew has done.”
‘You see me getting angrier and angrier throughout the episode because they were pushing me to say something.
‘The producers hyped me up to be this ‘bad b****’ and said on the outside world everyone was on my side so I genuinely thought I was loved by the public but in reality everyone already saw me as a villain so they were trying to feed into that narrative.
‘You never saw me break down in tears, you just saw me being this sassy, b****, ‘yeah he sucked my tit’ but the reality is I was literally having a meltdown.’
Coco was attracted to Davide Sanclimenti, who won the series with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, but turned her attention to Andrew after being lured into the idea by bosses
It’s not easy being a Casa Amor bombshell.
To become a fully fledged cast member, you have to break up one of the couples who have already spent weeks forming bonds and sharing a bed together.
Coco says she felt like an ‘extra’ in the storyline of the main Islanders and insists any dating hopefuls recruited for the cruel series twist have ‘drawn the short straw.’
She explained: ‘You have a worse experience going in as a Casa Amor bombshell compared to people in the original cast or regular bombshells, your experience is so much worse.
‘Coming out I’ve had a lot of amazing times and I’m happy with everything I’ve received but when you compare – and that’s one thing people struggle with once they’re out – comparing yourself to other people’s experiences.
‘I don’t just mean silly things like followers and fame… the people who go in first, they have more time and they’re well liked by the public.
Coco says she felt like an ‘extra’ in the storyline of the main Islanders and insists any dating hopefuls recruited for the cruel series twist have ‘drawn the short straw’
‘The public hate the bombshells because they’re already connected to the other characters and you’re treated by producers as an extra in someone else’s storyline.
‘I was being trolled to death but they didn’t give me a chance to go on a date or show my personality so when I came out things were a lot worse for me.’
However, a source close to Love Island claimed producers don’t choose what contestants wear and Islanders make their own connections on the show.
‘Islanders can wear whatever they like and we would never let anyone go into the villa feeling uncomfortable,’ a TV insider told MailOnline.
‘Viewers watched Andrew and Coco explore their bond and contestants are left to make their own decisions in the villa.’
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Islanders are never told what to wear. The decisions they make and connections they form are theirs and theirs alone.’
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