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Kem Cetinay reveals he was secretly nicknamed ‘The Rabbit’ during his stint on Love Island

Kem Cetinay justified his label as one of Love Island‘s horniest ever contestants by revealing he was secretly nicknamed ‘The Rabbit’ after constantly scoping out new places to have sex with ex-girlfriend Amber Davies.

The TV presenter, 25, confessed his sex drive went ‘a bit mad’ in the villa, and he ‘regrets’ being so rampant after his grandparents watched all his intimate moments during the 2017 series.

He also revealed his shock at discovering a ‘logger’ recorded every word exchanged between him and Amber, 24, while they were in the villa, including the sweet nothings whispered into her ears throughout intercourse.

‘I was going a bit mad at points!’: Kem Cetinay justified his label as one of Love Island’s horniest ever contestants by revealing he was secretly nicknamed ‘The Rabbit’ 

Speaking on a new episode of Jamie Laing’s podcast Private Parts, Kem said: ‘Mate, it’s quite bad. Everyone that was on there called me The Rabbit, I was at it.

‘Probably one of my regrets… It is a little bit of a regret because my nan and granddad watched it. Look, I could have still done it, I didn’t need to do it to the extent I did.

‘There were points I was looking for new places in the villa to try. I don’t know what show I thought I was doing but I was going a bit mad at points!

‘They gave us a massive basket of condoms. You had to wear them, they would know if you didn’t wear them, there are cameras everywhere, they know, they can hear. It is intense.

'I didn't need to do it to the extent I did': Kem confessed his sex drive went 'mad' in the villa, and he 'regrets' being so rampant after his grandparents watched all his intimate moments

‘I didn’t need to do it to the extent I did’: Kem confessed his sex drive went ‘mad’ in the villa, and he ‘regrets’ being so rampant after his grandparents watched all his intimate moments

'Weird!': Kem revealed his shock at discovering a 'logger' recorded every word exchanged between him and Amber, including the sweet nothings whispered into her ears during sex

‘Weird!’: Kem revealed his shock at discovering a ‘logger’ recorded every word exchanged between him and Amber, including the sweet nothings whispered into her ears during sex 

‘I knew the fact I was getting watched but what I found out afterwards is in TV there is something called a logger, so they have to log every single word you say and one of my mate’s girlfriends was the logger and he said to me “mate you’re a weird guy” and I was like “why?”

‘And he was like, “some of the stuff my girlfriend was telling me you were saying, weird!” Now I think back to when I was laying there in the morning, whispering, saying some weird things to Amber, I’m thinking that must have been a weird conversation to listen to, I’m trying to be really sexy.’

Kem explained the famous Love Island villa has been designed to ensure the Islanders are kept close together, and contestants are urged by producers to ‘constantly’ discuss their feelings.

He said: ‘The villa is small; the whole point is that no one can hide away from each other. They don’t really like you talking about stuff outside of what you’re in now. 

‘They like your conversations to be about your feelings and how you’re feeling so it’s quite intense, you’re constantly talking about your feelings. I remember the most common thing you would ask each other is “how are you feeling?”‘  

'Intense': Kem explained the Love Island villa has been designed to ensure the Islanders are kept close together, and contestants are urged to 'constantly' discuss their feelings

‘Intense’: Kem explained the Love Island villa has been designed to ensure the Islanders are kept close together, and contestants are urged to ‘constantly’ discuss their feelings

After winning Love Island in 2017, Kem and Amber split following six months together, with the TV star recalling the ‘pressures’ felt by the pair to maintain the ‘perfect relationship’ favoured by millions of fans that watched the show.

He told Jamie and co-host Alex Mytton: ‘I can openly say this, and she will say this as well, normal couples have arguments, that’s normal, especially at 21 but we were scared to arguments because we felt we had to constantly show we were the sweethearts and that’s not normal.

‘We couldn’t show we were arguing when we were out, we had to always be happy and what we were on the show and that’s not realistic. It was very hard. That has scared me a lot with relationships now because a public breakup is tough, especially for us. 

‘You say yourself that series was one of your favourites and we won that show together so we were like everyone’s sweethearts and after six months… what people forget is, they watched so much of us, but we only spent a certain amount of time together. 

‘We weren’t together for 10 years, we were together for 3-4 months, you don’t get as attached as you think, that’s why we can be friends now. We’ve both had longer relationships than the one we had together.’

'We couldn't show we were arguing': The TV star recalled the 'pressures' felt by the former pair to maintain the 'perfect relationship' favoured by millions of fans that watched the show

‘We couldn’t show we were arguing’: The TV star recalled the ‘pressures’ felt by the former pair to maintain the ‘perfect relationship’ favoured by millions of fans that watched the show

The restaurateur, who’s preparing for the imminent launch of his new Essex eatery Array, admitted he had no idea what to expect after signing up for Love Island, but since the success of his series, contestants may not be as ‘genuine’ due to being aware of the fame that inevitably follows.

He explained: ‘It has got bigger, but it all depends how you look at it. Some people still have their favourite series that they were more committed to.

‘This is no one’s fault but my series was the last one you can genuinely say hand on heart everyone that went in there had no idea what they were going in for.

‘There was no such thing as this monster before. Suddenly when we came out and we all started getting these mad opportunities I felt like everyone that watched was routing for us because they realised we were oblivious to it as well.

‘People know what the show is now; people going in now can’t pretend that they don’t know. It’s a little bit different but it still works. I don’t get jealous anymore.’

  • You can listen to the full episode with Kem on the Private Parts podcast on Spotify, Apple and Acast 

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