Love Island is accepting gay singletons for the 2021 series

LOVE Island is accepting gay singletons for the upcoming 2021 series.

Bosses of the ITV2 reality series are apparently keen to include the LGBT community so long as they are over 18.

In the hope of finding a more diverse range of people, the show has teamed up with dating app Tinder.

The app allows both straight and gay singleton's to apply through the 'fast track' application process.

The Daily Star reports: "ITV and Love Island teamed up with Tinder earlier this year to find a new batch of islanders.

"They have been placing the ads strategically inside the app so you have to swipe left or right.

"The ads have been showing up on both male and female gay accounts as well as on those of straight people."

Meanwhile, ITV confirmed they will accept potential Islanders from all sexual orientations.

A rep told the publication: "Our only stipulation for applicants on Love Island is that they are over 18, single and looking for love."

And the ads haven't went unnoticed with Tinder app users.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "Just had an advert for @LoveIsland on @Tinder – does this mean they’re finally having gay contestants?! I applied – should probably hit the gym tbh."

A second said: "Lol just got excited as you can now apply to Love Island through Tinder and then I realised I’m gay. Sad times."

The news follows shortly after The Sun Online revealed bosses are searching for the "most diverse cast ever" this year.

The hit ITV2 dating show has already seen a whopping 100,000 applications for the new series after it was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A source told us: "Bosses know that all eyes will be on them when the show returns later this year, so they want to make sure that they can't give anyone anything to criticise them over.

"In the past the show has been criticised for being too white, and having a lack of body diversity.

"Viewers want to see women and men that they can relate to and hot singletons come in all shapes and sizes so this is a positive move.

"The casting team have been told to get the most diverse line up ever. It's being seen as a bit of a long overdue shake-up."

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