So It Turns Out That The Love Island Rules For Contestants Are Actually Really Weird

If you've ever thought of applying, some of these really make the whole instant fame and riches thing... not worth it.

LAURA WHITMORE

by Georgia Aspinall |

Like all viewers it seems, the current series of Love Island has had us sweetly reminiscing over days gone by. The iconic contestants, biggest shock re-couplings and best bombshell moments are all anyone is talking about. And it's no wonder, because over the past few years of series, there have been some shocking moments, particularly when it comes to 'rule breakers'.

Remember Sherif Lanre? Of course you do. He was axed from Love Island's 2019 series. His abrupt banishment from the villa was on everyone's minds, and Love Island very clearly proved they were not giving us a clue as to why. 'Sherif has left the villa', narrator Ian Stirling said, moving swiftly on to mind-numbingly boring conversations.

The rumours swirled with three strong contenders. First: he was caught on his phone. Second: he was masturbating (in the shower, or hot tub, there are many thoughts). Third: he got in a physical altercation with Anton. Given that we know that the contestants have their phones taken away, a heated argument seemed the a likely option - after all, the only other villa axing came from this exact type of rule-breaking, when Malia Arkin punched Kady McDermott in season two.

Sherif and Anton had a fraught relationship, with tension building over Anton's flirting with Anna. But that was all just speculation, and it was finally revealed months later that Sherif had been booted off for an incident in which he accidentally kicked Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and then joked about it being a 'c*nt punt'. It was the phrase itself that got him kicked off, with many felt it was unfair for him to be told to leave because of it.

But to be honest, it's not the only wild rule break that gets contestants shouted at, or kicked off, the show. In fact, the rules around staying on Love Island seem to get more unusual the more you read. That's perhaps why everyone is Googling 'Love Island UK rules' this year, particularly 'Love Island alcohol rules', 'Love Island drinking rules' and 'Love Island villa rules'... we all want to know what it's like inside that Mallorcan haven.

Don't believe us? Check out how weird the Love Island rules are for yourself...

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When Sherif was first booted out the villa, rumours swirled that it was because he'd been caught masturbating in the shower. The Sun reported that he would 'spend hours' in there - however, they also said he wasn't necessarily masturbating. 'When producers told Islanders they have to get ready to film a challenge, Sherif was deliberately spending ages in the shower. He said he couldn't be bothered,' the source said. All we know is 2 months without masturbating is a long time to go...

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When writing for Grazia, Zara McDermott revealed that she was most shocked to see Islanders is the 2019 series showering in the morning. 'We could only use the shower each evening,' she said of last season. Spending all day in the sun without a morning shower? No wonder Amber was worried about smelling when she Michael went to kiss her in the last season.

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In a shock revelation on This Morning, 2017 Love Island winner Kem Cetinay revealed the real reason the show doesn't air on Saturdays. 'They give you one day off. You get one day off per week,' he said, 'What happens is, it gives them a day to clean the villa, and you take your mics off, and normally we go to the beach.'But that wasn't the only startling revelation, he also admitted that producers watch Islanders like a hawk because they're not actually allowed to discuss their relationships. Essentially, anything they have to talk about their home lives outside the villa, lest they be scolded for breaking the all important rules.

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They get dressed up, put on a full-face of makeup, film awkward dance sequences, and all for two little glasses of wine or beer. According to 2016 Islander Liana Isadora Van-Riel, 'you're allowed one or two drinks a night, either wine or beer, no spirits.'And while contestants will opt for two drinks on a 'big night', most nights they just have a cup of tea. Wild.

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Since the villa is technically a public space, there can be no nudity whatsoever as it would be considered public indecency. That means even in the bathroom, islanders can never be completely naked in front of each other.

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We knew about the no phone rule, which makes sense given they don't want Islanders reading about themselves online or hearing updates from the outside world, but no books or magazines?! No wonder their conversations become boring to watch, with 2017 contestant Montana admitting the villa is really dull day to day.

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According to Montana, contestants can make their own breakfast but lunch and dinner is always catered. In fact, food is brought through a secret door. 'In the larder there's another door that goes out the back that they lock,' she said, 'That's how they deliver food.'It's long been a question why we never see the Islanders eating, but Montana stated that's when producers come in and charge the contestants microphones, insisting 'everyone wants that good because it's so yum.'

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One of the most serious rules in the villa, contestants aren't allowed to take their mic's off apart from on Saturday's, their off day. If you're caught doing it more than once, you'll be axed from the villa immediately, according to The Mirror.

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You essentially have to become a full Girl Guide in the villa if you want to know the time, telling it through the sun. Because, Islanders aren't allowed to know themselves and all of their phones are set to different times. 'You never know what the time is,' 2017 contestant Montana told The Independent, 'They'll wake you up by putting the lights on or a voiceover will say "Islanders, it's time to get up".'

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Plus, they have to declare before going on the show if they have any sexually transmitted infections. With rumours Kem and Amber got in trouble last year for having unprotected sex, this rule seems to be even more integral now. Discussions around sex on Love Island have snowballed massively as the seasons become more and more popular each year. While early seasons saw Islanders getting busy almost every night, in the same room with scenes often aired every episode, sex has become much more taboo - when it comes to airing it at least. In 2018, producers decided to stop airing sex scenes, as well as the Islanders smoking. Given the slut-shaming many female contestants receive upon doing the completely natural act it's unsurprising.

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And they must be juicy. According to Montana, when she and fellow 2017 contestant Camilla were talking about hymns they like, producers intercepted and told them to spice it up ('That's not interesting', they said). In fact, producers will also intervene to ensure certain people talk, but the conversation itself is not necessarily staged. 'They might be like, "Camilla, pull Montana aside and ask how she's feeling about Alex"', Montana admitted.

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It's long been wondered how the contestants keep up with their beauty routines in the villa, with not a bumpy bikini line or stubbly chest in sight. Do contestants have waxers brought in to the villa? Absolutely not, according to Montana. While the women in her season requested wax strips to do it themselves, they 'all had bruising' and so resorted to shaving, with Montana insists 'most people' do.

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A huge villa no-no, drunken sex is completely off the cards for Love Island contestants. Given that they're allowed two wines or beers on big nights and most of them sip on tea all night, we're not sure that's a huge risk, to be honest.

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One of the actually non-weird rules, contestants are completely prohibited from 'innapropriate language or behaviour'. While it's quite a broad, and subjective, phrase, the rulebook applies it to racial slurs, homophobia and aggressive language. Plus, sexual harassment and physical violence is included in this rule.Other than Sherif, the only villa removal we've seen because of rule-breaking was when Malia Arkian punched Kady McDermott back in season two, so it's clearly a big one.

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Another non-weird rule, contestants aren't allowed to be rude or discriminatory to staff or else they will be booted off.

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Love Island stopped showing scenes where contestants were smoking after complaints they were all partaking in the habit too much. Now, Islanders aren't allowed to smoke on the premises at all, even in the garden.

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All of these rules must not only be obeyed at all times, but contestants must also keep the rule book in their possession too - just in case they forget about the whole no masturbating thing.

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