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Fans of Love Island were stunned when Greg and Amber announced their split. The winners of the reality show parted ways earlier this year, with Limerick man Greg facing a heap of backlash after reports emerged that he dumped his former beau by text.

Breakups are never easy and often come with quite a lot of drama, but the drama and attention is even more severe when you’re a celebrity.

The entire nation knows your business and those closest to you are even exposed to the drama.


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Greg revealed that his family, including his mum and sister, were sent death threats following his shock split from Amber.

The rugby player opened up about the tough time in an interview with Extra.ie.

He said that he was well able to handle the negative comments, “It was quite tough, but I’m kinda used to the locker room banter with the lads. Any insecurities in the locker room and you’ll be eaten alive.”


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However, he was deeply concerned for his mum and sisters who weren’t used to being in the public eye whatsoever.

“It was when they got at my mother and my sisters – that touched a nerve with me. It really got to me so I had to calm them down and make sure they were OK,” he revealed.

We are all so invested in celebrity relationships, but at the end of the day they’re just people.

Attacking Greg’s family for his actions is beyond unnecessary.

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Love Island’s Jourdan Riane has confirmed her breakup from Danny Williams in an emotional open letter.

The reality star stressed that she has to respect herself before anyone else in the moving read. She explained that she enjoyed her relationship with her Love Island co-star but explained that she has boundaries.

“I don’t regret the decisions I’ve made as far as choosing to give someone a chance however, I have boundaries. In a relationship there are things I won’t tolerate. Lack of respect, disloyalty & dishonesty are amongst those things,” she wrote.


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“I know people will come with the “I told you so”, “you should’ve listened” (maybe it’s true) & more than likely snigger/laugh at my situation.,” she added.

However, despite her heartache, Jourdan said that her mum raised her to be a strong woman and to “always give the benefit of the doubt and let people prove themselves to you”. 


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Jourdan explained that this is exactly what she did but things didn’t work out with Danny, “I went into this with a genuine heart & real intention to make it work. The love was as real as the hurt is now.”

Earlier in the week, reports said that Jourdan had confronted Danny about flirting and messaging other women behind her back, but he denied and laughed at her accusations. 


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“But…. I will continue to grow and love myself first. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s not right,” she concluded.

Onward and upward, Jourdan!


Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard are officially boyfriend and girlfriend. The couple revealed their relationship news in an interview with OK! Magazine.

The couple, who met on Love Island this summer, decided to date after they left the villa, instead of rushing into a relationship.

Curtis explained why he waited until now to ask Maura to be his girlfriend.


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“I want something that's going to last forever. There's no point in rushing things. We've only known each other a short amount of time,” the professional dancer explained.

Curtis and Maura were certainly right to take things slow.

Numerous Love Island couples quickly called it quits after leaving the villa, including the winners of the show, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

They may not have won the show but Maura and Curtis seem to have a pretty great relationship. Irish model Maura couldn’t help but gush about her new beau.


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She even spilled the details on how Curtis asked her to be his girlfriend.

“He took me away for a weekend break, and he asked me out over dinner in London the next day,” the 28-year-old shared.


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The pair have happily dated for the past couple of months, but people continue to doubt their relationship, but Maura said it doesn’t bother her because “opposites attract”.

Sure we’re only delighted for Maura and Curtis. The true winners of Love Island 2019.



By Anna Murray

Has anyone else found themselves justifying why they watch Love Island? Or even worse, justifying how they can watch a show that pits women (and men) against each other for entertainment?

I’ve always considered myself a feminist. However, over the last few weeks I cannot count the number of times I’ve been greeted with shock-horror after revealing that I do indeed, watch Love Island. This has been by friends and  family and basically anyone who doesn’t watch it 'on principal'- many believe the show is more of a 'Shag Island' than Love Island.

I couldn't get my head around why being a feminist meant the decision to watch Love Island had to be constantly justified. I then turned to my good friend Scarlett Curtis (okay we've never actually spoken) and listened to her episode of her podcast, Feminists Don't Wear Pink. This particular episode featured Dani Dyer, last year's winner, and they two girls spoke about all things feminist within the Love Island context, such as girls supporting girls. It struck me that watching a show like Love Island could be a very feminist act indeed…


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The fact that the villa is full of strong, feisty- albeit conventionally beautiful- gals, is one reason Love Island appeals to feminist viewership. It also plays host to several caring and chill lads who respect the girls they live with and have emotional and meaningful friendships with each other. However, there are a few more reasons why Love Island is feminist AF if you look a little deeper…

Firstly, the word CHOICE is key. Every person in the villa from Maura with her vibrant personality to Yewande with her reserved demeanour, has autonomy. The people you watch are making choices about their lives in every episode, whether they are men or women.

Many of us cringe at the thought of consenting to being observed by an audience of 3.3 million every night. We are horrified that the producers may select scenes of their choice, condensing 24 hours into one, to paint any Islander in any light they wish (anyone notice how WE don't like Amy but EVERYONE in the villa adores her?) BUT in the same way we strive to accept women who are empowered by showing skin or covering up, we should also respect the choice these women have made to appear on Love Island.

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Critique is also key. Doesn’t the ending of each episode herald the buzzing of conversation, after a Love Island gathering or in a WhatsApp group entirely dedicated to the show? We judge the hell out of the behaviour of every contestant. We debated whether Maura was wrong to go in for the gob with Tommy several times when he was clearly resisting. We were split down the middle when Lucie stated she wasn't a girls girl. We discussed Joe’s inability to accept that Lucie preferred Tommy as a friend to the girls in the villa. Was he controlling? A bit. Did the people have their say about him? Yes.

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We can also broadly criticise the lack of diversity and body positivity in Love Island. Sparking debate is the only way to improve diversity on a broad level, and feminists who speak up may even encourage the powers that be to up the game on diversity in Love Island, over time. 

Feminism is ALL about allowing women (and people in general) to be themselves. It's about calling out hurtful behaviour that stops others from being themselves. Love Island has unknowingly sparked some VERY feminist conversations, even within the most unlikely groups of people, and that is the beauty of it: It is what it is.


The countdown to Love Island 2019 has been ticking over for months now, and we're damn tired of waiting. We want sun, pretty people to watch/judge and hilarious memes and we want it now.

Thank the Gods, the start date has finally been 'revealed' ahead of the show's fifth series.

Fans of the hugely popular ITV show are eagerly anticipating the return ever since Dani and Jack took home the trophy last year. Rumour has it we'll be seeing a host of new singletons on Monday, June 3.

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The Love Island UK Twitter account spilled the saucy secret, after presenter Caroline Flack revealed earlier in the month that she had begun filming for the ITV show and would soon be meeting the new stars.

"What’s really exciting about this week is that we start filming for Love Island 2019," she divulged to her followers on Instagram.

"And by the end of the week I’m going to have potentially seen the cast for this year, which is really exciting and mad that it’s come around this quick." 

She continued, "So I’ll let you know what happens, it’s going to be a long, hot summer and all that." There's only about three weeks to go until the show prep begins.

During a workout, she added, "I’ve just trained with Bradley Simmons, he put me through utter hell. Making me do weights I should not be lifting, but he says we’ve only got three weeks before Love Island starts, so we’ve got to work hard."

We'll have to work hard to wait another 26 days for the next season's debut. Fingers crossed the producers reveal who the cast are soon enough, we're DYING to see them.

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The villa might be freshly empty and the Islanders are out trying to navigate the public eye, but Love Island bosses are wasting no time looking for their replacements.

It seems something was in the water this year as applicants have signed up in their thousands.

Some 25,000 hopefuls (YES, 25,000!) have already filled out the application form and are waiting with baited breathe for a reply.

For this year's edition of arguably the most addictive programme on telly, 80,000 sent in the form in the aim of being selected to find love on the silver screen, according to The Sun. 

A staggering 60,000 of them signed-up to take part in the first 12 hours of the applications being open last year, reported the publication.

To be fair, the Love Island bosses really know how to sell it.


New year, new decor. #LoveIsland

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On their application form they open with: "Have you got what it takes to be an islander and survive a summer in paradise?

"How do you fancy enjoying your very own long hot summer of romance? Love Island will be back for summer 2019 and we're now on the lookout for lively singles from across the country to take part."

They continue with the lucky few setting-up home in a "spectacular luxury villa" and requires the candidates to find love, couple up and win the heart's of the public (no pressure, sure).

If you do want to have a shot at joining the ranks of next year's Islanders – you're in luck.

You still have until next year to dot the i's and cross the t's as the deadline is April 30, 2019.

Where do we sign up I hear you cry?: It's here!

If you're still on the fence, remember you don't even have to win to be in for some amazing endorsement deals. (Take it from Wes and his killer dance moves). 

From sponsored Instagram posts and paid public appearances, it is a lucrative lifestyle if you are chosen. 

We look forward to writing about your messes, mischief and every move next year.

Goood luck!