IT’S the dating show which allows the nation to spy on the amorous antics of the young and beautiful while enjoying every intimate moment of their romances.
But one former contestant today lifts the lid on the secrets of Love Island to reveal there is EVEN MORE sex going on than makes it on screen.
Former contestant Montana Brown has lifted the lid on the secrets of Love IslandCredit: Rex
For the first time, Montana Brown, 25, has revealed the inner workings of what really goes down in the Mallorcan villa.
Montana, who appeared in series three when the show erupted into the mainstream in 2017, said: “People are having sex everywhere — genuinely everywhere — all the time. In the day, in the night, upstairs, downstairs.
“It is hilarious because you know they can’t really put it on camera.
“At the start everyone’s so aware of the fact that you are inches away from the next couple in a bed but everyone just gets so comfortable.”
Montana coupled up with hunk Alex BeattieCredit: Rex Features
The show has become a ratings juggernaut for ITV2, and a jewel in the crown of its summer offering as millions tune in to see who is crowned the winning couple.
Despite going into the villa as complete strangers, Montana says those boundaries were soon broken down.
Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury appeared to get frisky under the coversCredit: ITV
Viewers witnessed steamy scenes featuring show winners Kem Cetinay and Amber DaviesCredit: ITV
They even turned beauty therapists for one another as they tried to stay perfectly preened.
She said: “We were waxing each other’s vaginas by the third week. I saw everyone’s bum holes, everyone’s vaginas.
“It was like, ‘Wax time, girls — which one of you wants your vagina waxed first?’”
Montana told how bosses change the clocks to keep housemates on their toes.
Montana appeared in series three when the show erupted into the mainstream in 2017Credit: Rex Features
Even the phones that tell them when a task is incoming — prompting the famous cry of “Got a text!” — have had the times changed.
She said: “You never know what time it is so they can keep you up as long as possible.
“The recoupling evenings are the longest. I looked at one of the producer’s watches once and it was 4.30am and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been up all day, no wonder I’m knackered’.
“They don’t tell you the time — so all the phones that go, ‘You’ve got a text’ have different times on them. The oven clock has a different time on it every day.”
Alex Bowen’s romp was caught on camera in 2016Credit: ITV
Being kept up until the early hours of the morning would have many of us sneaking off for a snooze during the day — but contestants can’t rest without being reminded to perform for the cameras.
She said: “If you’re napping and they want something to happen or something’s going on, this bellowing voice comes out of nowhere.
“They’ve got speakers in all of the corners. We used to call her the voice of God, she’d tell you when to get up, tell you when to go to sleep, tell you to get out of bed.”
The islanders spend much of their summer wearing tiny bikinis and barely-there swim shorts, meaning the last thing they want to do is think about making a big lunch.
Thankfully, even that is done for them, delivered via a secret hatch in a food cupboard.
Montana has revealed the inner workings of what really goes down in the Mallorcan villaCredit: Instagram
Montana and Alex split soon after they left the villaCredit: Rex Features
Montana told the Mouthing Off With Olivia Caridi podcast: “You make yourself breakfast. Everything else, lunch and dinner, is catered.
“There’s a cupboard that we all go into next to the fridge. It’s like a pantry but it’s got a door on the other side and that’s how they deliver food.
“They lock our door to go into the pantry, open their door, put in the food and we can take it out.”
In the early days of Love Island, both in its original celebrity format set in Fiji and the rebooted versions on ITV2, things occasionally got out of hand after a few bevvies.
Montana says Love Island bosses change the clocks to keep them on their toesCredit: Rex Features
But by the time Montana entered the villa bosses had scrapped the bar and imposed a limit, leaving some contestants very thirsty.
She said: “You’re only allowed two drinks per evening.
“They do a little order at lunchtime and you’ll notice that at lunch and dinner you’ll never see us eating, because that’s when they change your microphones, change the cameras and replace the batteries in your mics.
“That’s when they take your order, wine, beer but no spirits whatsoever.
The islanders spend much of their summer wearing tiny bikinis, so the last thing they want to do is think about making a big lunchCredit: Rex Features
“That was kind of a good thing, because ITV is quite family-orientated. I used to give my drinks away and people always used to fight over them.”
The show has faced criticism in recent years of fakery, with The Sun revealing how certain scenes were filmed more than once for dramatic effect, despite viewers assuming that it played out naturally.
And Montana says she definitely believes the show is “more scripted” now than it was when she took part.
But her involvement in the series was not all sex, sunbathing, and free food.
Montana says like many of her reality peers it has left with her ‘long-term’ anxiety issuesCredit: AFP or licensors
Montana’s close friend and series three co-star Mike Thalassitis committed suicide in 2019Credit: ITV
Montana, a student when she first appeared, says like many of her reality peers it has left with her “long-term” anxiety issues.
She says a feeling of being “disposable” caused her to struggle when her 15 minutes of fame began to wane, a feeling her close friend and series three co-star Mike Thalassitis — who committed suicide in 2019 — also felt.
She said: “I never suffered with anxiety before I went on that show.
“I don’t know anybody in the entertainment industry or that I know from the show that doesn’t suffer from anxiety.
Villa’s isles and lows
LOVE Island first hit our screens in 2005 – but it wasn’t until it was rebooted in 2015 that it hit the big time.
Here are the show’s five most eyebrow-raising moments . . .
- Series two saw Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham share one of the most explicit sex scenes in the show’s history. The couple romped on top of the sheets in full view of all of their roommates – and the TV cameras.
- In 2016, beauty queen Zara Holland chose Alex Bowen for a night in the hideaway, where they had sex. In the aftermath, in which viewers saw Zara licking her lips after their moment of passion, she was stripped of her Miss GB title.
- More than 2,500 people complained to Ofcom in 2018 after Dani Dyer was shown footage of then-boyfriend Jack Fincham being introduced to his ex-girlfriend in a rival villa. Dani was distraught (pictured) and the show was criticised for “cruelly” manipulating Dani’s feelings.
- During series five, Maura Higgins invited Tom Walker to the hideaway, but overheard him asking the rest of the boys if they thought she was “all mouth”. She ditched him and went for a night’s kip alone, despite looking like they would get up to some funny business.
- Curtis Pritchard stunned viewers in 2019 when he ditched Amy Hart for Maura. The distraught air stewardess, who was about to tell dancer Curtis she loved him, was so heartbroken she quit the villa.
“It’s really hard, because so many people say, ‘You’re so lucky, what have you got to be anxious about?’
“They think if you’re rich and famous you can’t have problems.
“They see people as disposable and once you’ve been doing something for so long, you just become desensitised to picking people up and dropping them.
“The way Mike came across on TV is not the way he was.
Montana says she definitely believes the show is ‘more scripted’ now than it was when she took partCredit: Instagram
“He was such a beautiful person — I loved him to bits.”
She added: “The Love Island aftercare has got better and I think it’s compulsory now to check in with a therapist.
“I know they have sent people to mental health institutes and things like that to improve their mental health. It is a learning curve for them as well.
“I don’t think they really realised (what could happen) because there’s pressure on them to make a good show and spit people out.”
Montana has warned hopefuls not to let the fame go to their head, or change like she didCredit: Instagram
Show bosses have already had more than 100,000 applicants for the new series, set to film in the coming months if the pandemic allows.
Such is the demand that they have extended the application period as they hunt for their “most diverse cast” ever.
But Montana warned hopefuls not to let the fame go to their head, or change like she did.
She said: “A year after the show I kind of looked myself in the mirror and I was not happy with what I saw. I was demanding, I was ungrateful.
Montana says she had a ‘sense of entitlement’ after appearing on Love IslandCredit: Getty – Contributor
“I was taking everything for granted — my work, my income.
“It was only when my friend committed suicide that my life changed. It was the worst time.
“I was in a relationship and I realised it was an unhealthy one that couldn’t support me through something so huge. I just went through such an epiphany.
“Back in the day, I was an ungrateful little bitch. I complained once because I was on a shoot in London and they weren’t organising me a private taxi.
“I look back now at my mentality and think, what the f***?”
“You are a hot topic for a season and you get all egotistical.
“It was a sense of entitlement and I’m so glad that I’m not like that any more.”
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
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