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Love Island to launch series for 'older people with real bodies'

Love Island bosses plan to launch new series for ‘people in their 40s and 50s with real bodies’ after viewers complained about lack of diversity

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After seven years of perfectly toned twenty somethings gracing our screens it’s been reported ITV are launching a brand new Love Island for middle-aged singletons.

The dating show, which first aired in 2015, will see older contestants with ‘real bodies’ hoping for a second chance at love. 

With a source telling The Sun more mature islanders will likely bring ‘intelligent conversation’ and a new perspective to TV screens.

‘It will give people a second chance’: ITV bosses to launch Love Island for ‘older people with real bodies’ – and their CHILDREN will choose their dates (Gemma Owen pictured during the current season)

The men and women will live together, much like the current format, however will be coupled up behind the scenes by their children and has the working title of ‘Your Mum, My Dad’.

A source went on to tell the publication: ‘Times change and the current generation in their 40s and 50s still care about how they look, are fit and healthy, into fashion and are ready to let their hair down.

‘This show will give those who settled down young a second chance at love while they still feel in their prime’.

MailOnline have contacted representatives for ITV and Love Island for comment. 

Brain box: With a source said mature contestants will likely be more interesting and capable of ‘intelligent conversation’ – unlike their younger counterparts (Dami Hope pictured in this series of Love Island’

While some have hailed the latest series as ‘the most diverse’ lineup to date, others viewers were ‘disheartened’ at the lack of inclusivity in terms of body shape.

One aggrieved viewer tweeted: ‘So when will there be plus size people? Or can only perfect bodies appear on the show?’

A second Twitter user expressed how it would be ‘nice to see people who look like you on telly: ‘I’m not being funny but can we have some gals who are maybe a size 16/18/20 on love island and some guys who aren’t massive spice boys pls,’ she added.

Body: While some have hailed the 11 unveiled the latest series as ‘the most diverse’ lineup to date, others viewers were ‘disheartened’ at the lack of inclusivity in terms of body shape (this year’s cast pictured)

Last year, bosses defended the same claims of a lack of diversity, saying the Islanders have ‘healthy BMIs’.

Representatives for the reality show told MailOnline at the time: ‘As a broadcaster, ITV celebrates diversity of every sort across our range of programmes in our schedule and across our channels.

‘In terms of casting for Love Island, the only stipulation to applicants is they must be over 18, single and looking for love.

‘This is so disheartening’: Fans have slammed Love Island for casting the same body shapes ‘year after year’ and questioned the absence of ‘plus size’ contestants (Paige Thorne pictured)

‘This year’s Love Islanders come from a diverse range of backgrounds with a mix of personalities and have a healthy BMI.’

It comes after it was revealed four new bombshells will be entering the villa to cause chaos on Wednesday. 

The Islanders receive a text inviting them to get ready to host welcome drinks for four new arrivals Jamie Allen, Reece Ford, Lacey Edwards and Nathalia Campos. 

Here comes trouble! The Love Island villa is about to be turned upside down as four new bombshells are set to make their entrance on Wednesday’s episode (Lacey Edwards pictured)

As night falls the bombshells make their way into the Villa, upon entering 25-year-old dancer Lacey says: ‘I am a sexy, single, show girl ready to turn some heads.’ 

The beauty added that she thinks her background as a dancer will help her on the show, saying: ‘I’ve grown up at auditions with a thousand girls competing for five places and if you don’t want it and you’re not competitive, there’s no point showing up.

27-year-old professional footballer Jamie comments: ‘I shoot, I usually score, if I want something, I’ll go and get it.’ 

Newcomers: The Islanders receive a text inviting them to get ready to host welcome drinks for four new arrivals Jamie Allen, Reece Ford, Lacey Edwards and Nathalia Campos (pictured) 


Reece Ford (left) said: ‘I definitely think the boys are going to be worried about me, I am tall, dark and handsome, what more does a girl want?’

Jamie also said that, as he is enterting the villa at a later stage, he’ll have no problem stepping on the other guys’ toes to get the girl he wants. 

 23-year-old Brazilian social media influencer Nathalia added: ‘I am going to bring the South American spice into the Villa, I can’t wait to get my flirting game on, the girls better watch out.’

With not long left until the final, Natalia won’t have a problem getting to work right away as she told how she falls in love fast.

Bombshells: The four new bombshells will make a dramatic entrance to the villa  

Show: Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox

She said: ‘I fall in love very quickly, I am a Libra, I am always falling in and out of love… or at least I think I am in love.’

Coventry based 23-year-old model Reece says: ‘I definitely think the boys are going to be worried about me, I am tall, dark and handsome, what more does a girl want?’

Although he’s still in his early twenties, Reece insisted he’s ready to settle down: ‘I am mature enough now. I was a bit of a ‘Jack the lad’ and a player but now I feel like I am more mature and ready to find love.’

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox. 

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find. 

‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one. 

‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.

‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. 

‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. 

‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. 

‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.

‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.

‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to give it a go.’ 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains! 

‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’

Deji Adeniyi

Name: Deji Adeniyi 

Age: 25

Location: Bedford

Occupation: Accounts Manager

Why Love Island and why now? The reason why is that my sex life is amazing but my love life is awful. I am the master of failed talking stages. My love life isn’t going the right way so one night I decided to apply for Love Island and now I’m here!’

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Name: Josh Samuel Le Grove

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Model

Why Love Island and why now? I’ve always been single. If you’re going to find someone, it’ll be in a place where everyone is single and looking for the same thing.’

Adam Collard

Name: Adam Collard

Age: 26

Location: Newcastle

Occupation: Personal trainer 

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a few feathers when I go in.’

Nathalia Campos

Name: Nathalia Campos

Age: 23

Location: Brazil (lives in London) 

Occupation: Operations manager and social media influencer

What can you bring to the villa? ‘I am going to bring the South American spice into the Villa, I can’t wait to get my flirting game on, the girls better watch out ‘

Jamie Allen

Name: Jamie Allen

Age: 27

Location: Preston

Occupation: Footballer

What can you bring to the villa? ‘I shoot, I usually score, if I want something, I’ll go and get it.

‘I play football every single day and in terms of stepping on people’s toes we are all in there for the same reason so I wouldn’t have a problem upsetting a few people.’

 

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.

‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.

‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.

‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.

‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘

Luca Bish

 Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’

Jacques O’Neill

Name:  Jacques O’Neill

Age: 23

Location: Cumbria

Occupation: Rugby League Player

Who is their type on paper? ‘I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time. 

‘I was saying to my mum the other day that I want a girl. And I’m now ready to settle down.’

Danica Taylor

Name: Danica Taylor

Age: 21

Location: Leicester

Occupation: Dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am the type of girlfriend that I want to do so much with you – deep conversations, silly activities.

‘If you say let’s go canoeing all day even though I am quite a glam girl, I am down for it.’

Summer Botwe

Name: Summer Botwe

Age: 22

From: Hertfordshire

Occupation: Events decor business co-owner

What are you looking forward to in the Villa? I think that I’m just genuinely good vibes – very goofy, very silly. Everyone will be fun around me. I don’t really take things too seriously. I feel like I might end up bringing some drama because I do want to go full force with Dami… 

Coco Lodge

Name: Coco Lodge 

Age: 27

From: Surrey

Occupation: Graphic designer/ ring girl/ shot girl

How would your friends/ family describe you? They’d probably describe me as a predator. I’m super flirty! I give off big energy and boys gravitate towards me and I’m always flirty. 

Billy Brown

Name: Billy Brown

Age: 23

Location: Surrey

Occupation: Roofing company director

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve had two girlfriends before, I was obviously going to try and find the lucky third one!’

Lacey  Edwards

Name: Lacey Edwards

Age: 25

Location: Swindon 

Occupation: Dancer

What can you bring to the villa? ‘I am a sexy, single, show girl ready to turn some heads. 

‘I’ve grown up at auditions with a thousand girls competing for five places and if you don’t want it and you’re not competitive, there’s no point showing up.’ 

Reece Ford 

Name: Reece Ford

Age: 23

Location: Coventry 

Occupation: Model

What can you bring to the villa? ‘I feel like I am quite confident so I wouldn’t care about stepping on anyone’s toes that doesn’t really bother me.

‘I am going in there to find love so that’s all a part of it really.’

 

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