Love Island stars ‘vetted for criminal records’ to avoid ‘sex offenders’ slipping through the net

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Love Island producers have put their contestants through the wringer after they checked them for any criminal records to avoid sex offenders entering the villa.

ITV producers, who shared why Iain Stirling won't be joining the crew in Spain, have spent hours trailing through the islander’s social media profiles to rule out any poor behaviour or red flags that could re-surface throughout the show.

Eagle-eyed researchers have been on the lookout for any examples of racist, sexist, homophobic or bullying behaviours online that could cause trouble on the show.

This has been the case for all the contestants who have previously been on the show, but producers have been extra diligent this year to avoid any insulting posts from posted from years ago.

Before anyone can be considered for the show, they will be subject to the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service which is similar to what teachers go through before they can begin working with children.

An insider told The Sun: “The makers carried out suitable background checks on everyone who was shortlisted in the selection process.

“This included Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS checks) and online checks of social media to make sure a potential contestant was a rabid racist or bigot.”


The source clarified that the show didn't penalise contestants over a shoplifting incident, merely check for any more serious crimes committed.

They added: “It wasn’t going to be an issue iF someone had a conviction for shoplifting but the last thing the show needs is a sex offender popping up in the villa.”

This comes after ITV bosses, who will air the first kiss on Love Island 2021 on opening night, approached Faye Winter to take part in the 2021 series through her Instagram account.

The lettings manager, 26, revealed that producers of the show slid into her direct messages online to come on the show.

The blonde bombshell, who is one of the 11 singletons hoping to find love in the Spanish villa, revealed that she knew she would be on Love Island this year.

She told The Metro: “So I actually was approached, but I think I am mystic Meg, because I was thinking to myself whilst we’re in lockdown, I am going to be on Love Island, I’ve got this.

“[I thought] I don’t know how I'm going to find a man but the only way I’m going to be able to find a man is through something like Love Island. And then it happened.”

The star went on to reveal that she is going on the show “purely for love” not for the fame while on the hit dating show.

She said: “I’m going in there purely for love. I have said I will leave this villa and I will go back to my normal life happily. Anything that comes extra [is] a massive bonus.”

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