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We genuinely thought that reality television stars in this day and age earned their fare share of cash, otherwise why are they so hell-bent on staying relevant?

Apparently not this year. According to The Daily Star, the stars of 2019's Love Island will be paid just £250 a week this summer. That's not even minimum wage, so it's fairly surprising.

Thousands of young men and women have applied to appear on the ITV2 show this year, despite the recent suicides of ex-contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

The winners of the cash prize receive £50,000… which is quite the step up from their weekly wages. Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham won the competition last year, and earned plenty more through sponsorships and appearances,

However, some past contestants claim the show fails to properly prepare the participants for the difficulties of appearing in public and on social media.

Mental health struggles, trolling and depression have been raised as issues which the series allegedly contributes to. Many who made the final line-up have quit their jobs or been granted extended leave to join the Spanish villa, but is it worth it?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Daily Star have affirmed that the ITV bosses are paying the islanders just £250 a week to  “compensate” for giving up time to be on the show. If they last the entire eight weeks, they bag £2,000, which isn't much.

The majority of contestants only last a couple of days, and get just £250 as a result. One source said: “Everyone now knows that stepping into that villa brings good and bad things.

“They risk coming out and being trolled on Twitter, their dreams of being a big reality star dashed, work dries up and ending up feeling depressed and having issues.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2017 contestant Zara Holland has even called for the show to be taken off the air. 

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard's brother, Curtis, has just been announced for the 2019 line-up. The 23-year-old is already a fan favourite, so time will tell whether he becomes one of the 'originals'.

Love Island 2019 begins on June 3, get yourselves ready gals. 

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Reality television star Jess Shears has just confirmed that she's expecting her first baby with former Love Island co-star and husband Dom Lever.

The couple appeared on the popular ITV show in 2017, and have just shared a lovely image of their sonogram alongside a snap of Jess' growing baby bump.

28-year-old Dom is also showing cradling his own tummy, in a show of support to the woman he married only last year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dom shared the image to his Instagram, captioning the snap, "Living the dream." His 25-year-old wife posted an identical image, writing, "The best is yet to come"

This will be the first baby for the couple, who got engaged just three months after the series ended after getting off to a bumpy beginning.

Jess was accused of cheating on Dom with fellow Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis after they both got evicted from the villa, but the scandal was later put behind them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pair got married in Greece last October in a small ceremony attended by only 22 guests.

The couple are also infamous for their staged wedding on Good Morning Britain back in February of 2018, but the live TV nuptials weren't legally binding.

Eight months later, they tied the knot officially and now there's a brand new family member on the way. We wish the newlyweds a warm congrats on the pregnancy, and can't wait for more baby bump photos.

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Love Island bosses have apparently decided to not pay an on-air tribute to reality star Mike Thalassitis at the beginning of season five.

The former contestant, who took part on the 2017 series alongside Chris Hughes, Kem Cetinay and Olivia Attwood, was found dead in the woods near North London in March.

It is believed that the 26-year-old tragically took his own life after his experience with mental health issues. The inquest into his death is scheduled for this month, so more information is incoming.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Island producers have decided to honour Mike in a tribute on ITV’s on-demand service, which plays the 2017 series and will soon be available as a box-set.

An insider told The Sun: "It felt more appropriate to do it there." It was recently claimed that contestants will have to pass STI tests and mental health screenings to gain acceptance to the new series following Mike's death.

“Bosses want stars to be safe mentally and physically. Their biggest nightmare would be someone contracting an STI, so potential contestants must have several rounds of medical tests," the source continued.

"Advance sessions with counsellors and psychologists have been ramped up to ensure that everyone can handle the fame.They are prepared to cut potentially strong personalities from the line-up if there is any hint of mental instability."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The hugely popular TV dating show returns the first weekend of June with a brand new crop of hopefuls seeking love and fame.

The suicide of 2016 contestant Sophie Gradon last year has led to a major shake-up for the 2019 series, with safeguards to look after contestants being introduced.

Participants will now be given social media training and financial management advice as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The creative director of ITV Studios wrote in a statement on the new initiatives: “When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done."

“This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us," he continued. Social media, mental health and reality tv appear to go hand-in-hand.

Richard Cowles insisted Mike's death had nothing to do with the show, but improvements had to be made: "The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the Islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.”

Dame Carolyn McCall,  ITV’s chief executive, insisted it would be ‘extremely tenuous’ to link the show to his passing; "I don’t think anybody has made a direct link between what happened to Mike and ‘Love Island’ and that is very important to say."

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Love Island star Adam Collard has made a career move that none of us *cough* saw coming. 

Yes, the Geordie is heading to…well, Geordie Shore.

The 23-year-old has been reportedly lined up to join Sam Gowland, another former Love Island star and the rest of the party-loving cast. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to The Sun, ''He is handsome, loves to party and will bring a new dimension to the house.''

They continued, ''Adam was approached about joining and after mulling it over is preparing to sign up.''

So while Adam is getting ready to get mortal and tash on, a new band of singletons are gearing up to enter the Love Island villa. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The series will kick off on June 3 so we don't have long to wait and we are EXCITED.

What drama will this batch of ripped, bikini-clad contestants bring?

Who will we be fancying?

Between that and Adam joining Geordie Shore, we might as well just stay glued our TV's.

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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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It seems like Kaz Crossley has officially moved on from her Love Island romance with Josh Denzel, with ANOTHER former Love Island-er; Theo Campbell.

They seem to stick to their pack, this lot. Kaz pretty much confirmed the rumours swirling about her romance with Campbell on a PDA-filled night out.

The couple couldn't keep their hands off each other at Georgia Harrisson's fitness clothing launch last night in London, and it looks like they've finally gone public.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kaz wore a miniscule orange crop top and leather-look trousers, and partied the night away with fellow Love Island alumni Montana Brown and Ex On The Beach stars Nicole Bass and Zahida Allen.

Theo appeared on the ITV show back in 2017, and seemed smitten with Crossley. He even put her on his Instagram Story (GASP).

OK! online report that the pair are seeing each other, but aren’t exclusive yet; “Theo and Kaz are dating, but they’re in the early days of a relationship,” the insider told the website.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“They’re seeing how things go and taking it day by day. They’re having fun and getting to know each other," the source continued.

“It’s not exclusive but they like each other’s company. However, with so many commitments like sponsorship deals and TV shows, they don’t have a lot of time together. So for the time being, they’re having a bit of fun.” Good for them.

The pair met while filming a reality show in Thailand in March, and all those Insta snaps send the rumour mill flying.

While Theo has been single since Love Island apparently, Kaz confirmed her split from Josh Denzel in January with a candid Instagram snap;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Time will tell whether they'll last long or if it's just a pre-summer fling. You never know with this group, but it's keeping us entertained so we can't complain…

Can someone send us to Thailand so we can meet an attractive man while getting paid, please? Cheers.

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Adam Collard is nothing but a distant memory for Zara McDermott now.

The Love Island star is now reportedly in a blossoming romance with none other than Olly Murs.

The duo has been flirting on each others Instagrams (how very 2019) and have now taken things up a notch since meeting on a night out in March.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to The Sun, ''Olly is smitten with Zara and it’s not hard to see why. He tried to make out they’re just mates but there’s real chemistry between them.''

They continued, ''Now their romance is blossoming into a relationship. He treats her like a princess and is very complimentary about her. It takes a lot to get Olly’s attention but Zara has really turned his head.''

So it seems that the 34-year-old singer is really into Zara.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The source added, ''Their dates have been out of the public eye and it’s been nice for them to connect on a deeper level without any prying eyes. Olly’s mates are desperate for him to find someone to settle down with and Zara seems perfect for him.”

Olly has laughed off the rumours, saying, ''I just find it funny. That’s the world I live in in the dating world. If you like anyone’s photos you’re automatically dating them, it’s just crazy.''

He continued, ''I spoke to Zara after seeing her the other week in Sheesh with my mates. We were chatting about music because she loves singing. I’d seen on her Instagram that she likes to sing and as a fellow singer you go ‘wow, you’re a real singer.''

Hmmmm, sounds a bit more than friendly banter to us Olly – watch this space…

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Love Island star Sophie Gradon died by suicide, an inquest has ruled.

The body of the 32-year-old was found at her parent’s home on June 20, 2018.

And after almost a year, an inquest held at Howard House in North Shields stated no third party was involved in her death. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was ruled that Sophie had taken n cocaine and alcohol before her death, according to Senior Coroner for Northumberland South, Eric Armstrong. 

He issued a warning to others stating that the combination of drink and drugs made people more likely to harm themselves.

It was also reported that  Sophie's parents weren't at the inquest to learn more of her death. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong and his brother Ryan.

Tragically, only 20 days after her death Aaron was also found dead.

His cause of death was confirmed as suicide. 

Our thoughts are with her family and friends. 

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It seems that Wes Nelson is well and truly getting past his split from Megan Barton-Hanson.

The Love Island star was said to have been trying to kindle his relationship with Megan but was also reportedly acting single on nights out.

You can't have your cake and eat it, Wes.

So with Megan kicking him to the curb, he has found himself another GF.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rumours swirled that he was in a relationship with Instagram model Alicia Roddy and now it looks like it's true.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a holiday to LA with Jack Fowler, and Alicia joined them for the trip.

Wes told US reporters, ''Everything’s chilling. I’m still dating Lissy. I’m not running into a relationship again.''

He continued, ''I know they’re putting a label on it as a girlfriend but obviously it’s nothing official yet, we’re still dating, it’s nothing like that yet.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It seems like they're really into each other with Alicia jetting into LA  to attend an event with Wes.

According to OK! magazine, ''Things are going well for Wes and Lissy and the pair are now in Los Angeles at the same time for a BooHoo event. “While Wes has flown in with Jack and Lissy was with her friend Emily, they will definitely spend time together on the trip alone.''

With the way things are going, it might not be long before they're calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend…

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Well, that's it lads.

The final couple  of Love Island 2018 has called it quits so love is offish dead.

Nah jk, they were never gonna get married were they? 

Poor Jack and Dani, they seemed like the most solid and obvs were as they were together the longest.

But Jack took to Instagram last night to announce the news that they were no longer a couple.

Jack Fincham posted about his split from Dani Dyer on Instagram

The pen salesman wrote, ''There is no easy way to say this and it isn't going to be an easy time but me and Dani are not in a relationship anymore. We will always care a lot for each other and have love for each other and I mean that from the bottom of my heart and I wish her nothing but happiness."

He continued, ''We have some amazing memories together and have been through a lot but sometimes things aren't meant to be and we really did try to make it work but it unfortunately didn't and that is life. That's all I have to say, a break up is hard enough as it is for both of us let alone in the public eye so I hope everyone is considerable and understands this.''

Dani meanwhile is keeping schtum on the break up and focusing on the launch of her book, What Would Dani Do?.

PR stunt? Don't even THINK about it. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As they had split before and were no longer living together it didn't scream happy couple.

They might be back together in a week but for some reason I think it might be a split for good.

And sure look, it won't be long until the new batch of Love Island contestants will be everywhere for us to obsess about. 

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They did split briefly a few months ago and now Love Island winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham are taking things as slow as possible.

The pair have announced that they are no longer living there, having moved out of the apartment they got after the ITV show.

Dani revealed that they chose to do this because they just couldn't stop arguing. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple had an East London apartment together, but moved out once the lease was up.

Dani now lives in Essex, close to dad Danny Dyer and mum Joanne Mas, while Jack has moved to South London.

Tbh, we think that its the mature thing to do. 

She told Fabulous magazine, ''Things are more difficult in the real world. That's where you get to know the person and you learn their faults.''

She continued, ''On Love Island everything is done for you so you don't have to think about anything. Then suddenly you come home and you're arguing and bickering and silly things become an issue."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added, ''We'd both come out of a bubble and were trying to adapt to this new world. I didn't like it when we were arguing – with relationships, you want to bring out the best in each other and we were bringing out the worst. So you just end up being miserable around each other."

But it seems to be working for them as they are stronger than ever – and Dani is loving a bit of her own company.

She said, ''I can watch what I want – when Jack's there, he puts all these bird programmes on. When we buy a house, then we can decide where to live, but for the time being we've got to grow."

Sounds quite mature of them – and they are our faves so we hope they last forevaaaaaa.

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I genuinely thought Wes n Megan were for keeps…or would be together longer than they were.

But alas, Dancing on Ice was to tear them apart and they called it quits.

Reports were only saying a few days ago that Wes was trying to win Meg back with messages saying he missed her and a romantic trip to Morocco.

Megan was morto apparently and didn't take the bait.

So it seems that Mr Nelson has moved on…to the biggest cliche of all: the Instagram model.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is Alicia Roddy or Lissy Roddy on her account and is stunning, obvs.

Wes met the influencer following a fashion party in Dublin and is now smitten with the 24-year-old.

According to The Sun, ''Everyone thought Wes was secretly with his skating partner Vanessa Bauer, but that couldn't be further from the truth.''

They continued, ''He's been seeing Lissy for a few weeks now. Although it's early days – they've been inseparable and they're having a great time together."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It all just doesn't add up – he's been seeing her but trying to win his ex back?

Not surprisingly, Megan is confused by Wes behaviour – sending sappy messages but then acting like a single man.

We think that Megan can do SO much better so best of luck Wes with the single life – sure isn' t this the man who said, ''I'm happy, but could I be happier?''

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