WALKING around naked, secret sex sessions, handfuls of condoms and free clobber – it’s what really happens on Love Island.
The Sun on Sunday today reveals the secrets when cameras stop rolling on ITV2’s hit.
The 2021 Love Island cast, from left, Sharon, Hugo, Chloe, Shannon, Kaz, Brad, Faye, Aaron, Toby, Liberty and JakeCredit: Rex
It has not been short of on-screen drama, but our spy spills the action from behind the scenes.
While only hinted at on the show, sex is very much anticipated.
To be successfully cast, Islanders must pass an STI test.
Then, as they enter the villa, a stash of branded Love Island condoms are stuffed into their signature white suitcases by crew.
Once the lights go out, night-vision cameras capture all the X-rated action between the couples, whose beds are just inches apart.
Our insider said: “It sounds like a porn movie at night, with lots of rustling between the sheets, moaning and groaning. People are definitely getting sexual under the covers.
“These are hot-blooded youngsters in their prime.”
After 2016’s series saw Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham share one of the most explicit scenes in the show’s history — romping on top of the sheets in view of all their room-mates and the cameras — the show has scaled back its sexy coverage.
When discussing sex, Islanders have been asked to use euphemisms, from football analogies to breakfast items.
There is a lot of nudity on set, as Islanders have little space to get ready in private.
Often there are camera crew and producers walking around the garden.
Our insider said: “The Islanders are walking around in their bikinis and trunks all day, so when it comes to getting ready they don’t care about flashing their boobs and bums.
“There is only one shower outside and one inside so it’s a scramble to get ready.
ROMP . . . Chloe and Toby are caught on cameraCredit: Eroteme
“They’re not shy about showing off their physiques.”
Islanders are given direction via a Tannoy, which they jokily call the Voice of God.
The intense recoupling ceremonies around the fire pit can be gruelling and take up to three hours to film.
A lot of scenes and conversations are set up between Islanders and producers.
“Our source told us: “It’s a bit of a shock for a lot of contestants who have never set foot on a TV set to be thrown into intense filming schedules.
“Islanders are given direction over a Tannoy to talk to different people. It’s almost like a soap opera.
“They find it awkward at first, but they soon get used to it.
There is a narrative and at the end of the day it’s an entertainment show. It’s all about drama.
“The more you create, the more you’re going to be on camera.
“While all contestants are highly attractive, they can’t rely on their looks alone.
“Storylines develop fairly naturally, with input from the producers, but the cast know the more they perform, the more they’re going to feature and get air time.”
Liberty Poole and Jake Cornish get up close for a kissCredit: Eroteme
Last week, this backfired for estate agent Faye Winter, whose hour-long tirade of expletive-ridden abuse at beau Teddy Soares resulted in 25,000 Ofcom complaints, making it the most complained-about show in 2021.
Our source added: “It’s a fine line. Faye has probably been congratulated by producers for her witty one-liners and blunt approach to saying what’s on her mind in the villa.
“But she took it too far on Friday and was likely told by producers to apologise for her verbally abusive behaviour to Teddy.
“Newcomers are banned from talking about what is being perceived outside the villa and are encouraged to keep conversations about show action to themselves, as production can’t use info about other people.”
While viewers see the cast drink a toast every night, the booze is anything but free-flowing. Islanders are offered a maximum two glasses of wine, beer or cider.
Our insider said: “Islanders are always complaining about how little booze they get.
Contestants Tyler Cruickshank and Kaz KamwiCredit: Eroteme
“Some try to down their drinks really quickly so they get a little booze buzz and feel tipsy.
“Even on party nights, when they have a big gold bottle of bubbly, once it’s been passed round most Islanders only get a thimble-full.
“Producers can’t risk them getting wasted on TV as that would look really bad.”
Contestants are told to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather, and our insider said: “They have to constantly drink water and have a chart to make sure they’re getting enough fluid.”
Fans can even buy the official waterbottles for £20, plus luggage and robes like they see on TV.
Smoking on camera is banned, and if anyone wants a fag they are taken to have it alone outside.
Viewers rarely see Islanders wear the same outfit twice, as every week they are given free items by JD Sports and online fashion retailer I Saw It First.
Our mole said: “Producers drop in a bag of clothes for each Islander with specially selected outfits but they all end up swapping.
Boxer Tommy took time off from the ring to star in the fifth series of the showCredit: Rex Features
“While some of them are already influencers, most of them are chuffed to receive free clothes.
“Although you see them leave the villa with a single suitcase, in reality they go home with three suitcases stuffed full of newly acquired goods.”
Most of the action takes place at night, with filming going on until 4.30am, so the Islanders’ first meal of the day is generally lunch.
Boys and girls are separated so camera crew don’t miss any drama between them and they sit at pop-up tables around the kitchen.
Our insider said: “It’s a proper hearty lunch and not always what Islanders want to eat within minutes of waking up.
“They have no idea what the time is when they’re in there, but generally they sleep through the morning and catch a few hours of sun before getting ready for their action-packed evening scenes.”
The meals are healthy but basic, with chicken, rice, fish and salad generally on offer.
Our source said: “Some Islanders are in for a shock, thinking they can order luxury dishes off a menu, but actually it’s fairly bog-standard food.
“It’s such a massive production, with so much to get done every day, that runners can’t be dealing with diva demands.
“Producers join the tables and generally the Islanders chat about the outside world, like football, celebs and their families, things they know won’t be broadcast. The only thing strictly off topic are villa romances.”
Most contestants have their eyes on the prize which is to become the next Maura Higgins with millions of Instagram followers and earn big moneyCredit: Rex Features
In case Islanders get peckish between meals there is a fridge and pantry full of yoghurt, granola, biscuits, lollies and cold meats.
Each Islander is given a mobile phone for their time in the show, but they’re really just a marketing tool for producers.
Our source said: “Obviously the phones don’t connect to the internet. All Islanders can do is message each other and take photos, which are mostly for the Love Island social media pages.”
Islanders go through stringent tests before joining to ensure they are mentally prepared, and there is also someone on hand for family members to check in with.
Our mole said: “Islanders go into the Beach hut often to hash out their feelings, and there is a lot of camaraderie between contestants.”
In the original Love Island, contestants could go to the loo safe in the knowledge that they weren’t being watched and used to romp in the cubicles — but there are now even cameras in the toilets.
Love Isle lingo
MOVING MAD: Term to suggest someone is acting out of character or doing something unexpected.
NVQ LEVEL 1 AND 2: Sexual touching.
NVQ GRADUATION: Sex.
SCORING A HAT-TRICK AT WEMBLEY: Having sex.
GOING EXCLUSIVE: Not seeing anyone else, but not quite girlfriend and boyfriend.
PIED OFF: Getting dumped.
GRAFTING: Heavy flirting.
MY TYPE ON PAPER: Describing the physical attributes you find attractive.
SQUISH IT: Get rid of your concerns.
Our insider said: “The cameras aren’t actually monitored but Islanders are told they have to be there in case of emergencies.”
Islanders get one day off per week, which used to see them taken to a beach club or a beauty salon. But due to Covid, they must stay in the villa.
Our mole revealed: “Now they get a chill-out afternoon and night, with boys and girls kept separate.
“They are told to socialise in different parts of the garden and have to stay in separate beds so producers don’t miss any hanky panky between couples.”
Most quit their jobs to appear, with the hope of overnight fame and the promise of a huge online following.
But they are actually paid just £350 a week to cover nominal bills.
Some contestants have the option to do extra ads in the villa with the show’s sponsors to earn £1,000.
Finding love would just be the cherry on top.