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Love Island 2021: A look at the most shocking moments in villa history

Love Island is nothing if not truly shocking television. 

Far from only tuning in to see couples finding love, the drama keeps the UK captivated for eight long weeks of summer and in its five year history there have been explosive moments peppered throughout. 

From full-frontal romps to wicked behaviour to ejections over physical fights, Love Island viewers have been shocked – and often disgruntled – with many alarming moments in the show history. 

We take a look at the most explosive moments in show history… 

TERRY AND EMMA’S OVER-COVER ROMP

SERIES TWO: 2016

Carpenter Terry Walsh and bombshell Emma-Jane Woodhams were the subject of one of the most shocking moments in Love Island history when they had full-frontal sex above a duvet, entirely uncovered and in a communal bedroom while their co-stars – and the nation – watched on. 

Carpenter Terry Walsh and bombshell Emma-Jane Woodhams were the subject of one of the most shocking moments in Love Island history when they had full-frontal sex above a duvet

Terry joined the show shortly after its launch, initially falling for Olivia Bowen, neé Buckland, before ditching her for Malin Andersson, who was then voted off. 

He then fell for bombshell Emma-Jane, the ex-girlfriend of fellow Islander Tom Powell, with the duo growing ever closer much to Malin’s chagrin on the outside as she watched on.

As their romance developed, Emma and Terry stunned fans and co-stars alike by having sex in the bedroom without shielding themselves as the whole room looked on in shock.

Emma revealed she had thought it was better to bed Terry without any covers so as to conceal the deed, as she believed it couldn’t legally be aired on TV.

Unbeknownst to her, however, the scenes had played out on the show meaning it wasn’t just her fellow islanders that had a front row seat, which eventually led to ITV being bombarded with anger from viewers.

Emma revealed she had thought it was better to bed Terry without any covers so as to conceal the deed, as she believed it couldn't legally be aired on TV

Emma revealed she had thought it was better to bed Terry without any covers so as to conceal the deed, as she believed it couldn’t legally be aired on TV

The couple’s actions led to a backlash, prompting complaints to be raised about the steamy scene, which aired at 9.01, but Love Island was later cleared by watchdog Ofcom who said ‘no rules had been breached’ by the show. 

An Ofcom spokesperson said: ‘We investigated a small number of complaints about a scene where two housemates had sex shortly after the watershed, but didn’t find it breached broadcasting rules…

‘The shots of the couple were very brief and relatively indistinct as a result of the use of a night vision camera. The tone was lightened by the focus on the housemates’ reactions reduced the material’s potential to cause offence.’

Expressing her regret over her actions once filming had wrapped, Emma later told new! magazine: ‘There’s not a day goes by I don’t wish I hadn’t done that.’

Terry joined the show shortly after its launch, initially falling for Olivia Bowen, neé Buckland, before ditching her for Malin Andersson (pictured), who was then voted off

Terry joined the show shortly after its launch, initially falling for Olivia Bowen, neé Buckland, before ditching her for Malin Andersson (pictured), who was then voted off 

THE ROMP THAT COST THE CROWN: ZARA AND ALEX  

SERIES TWO: 2016 

Zara was left heartbroken by the hideaway drama

Zara was left heartbroken by the hideaway drama

Miss GB Zara Holland and bombshell Alex Bowen enjoyed a now-infamous night of passion in the hideaway after viewers had to choose two dates for the star to decide between – leading to her choosing Alex over James Khan.  

Alex had spent most of the day flirting with his now-wife Olivia Bowen, neé Buckland, however he still accepted Zara’s invitation into the hideaway, saying beforehand: ‘When she did pick me I was just like s**t. I looked at Olivia and Olivia was like ‘Oh no”, while Olivia also admitted: ‘It’s a bit gutting’. 

Night vision cameras captured the evening in detail, leading to the destruction afterwards.  

While Alex suffered little fallout from the moment, going on to be forgiven by Olivia, Zara was left beyond bereft when it was revealed she was to be stripped of her Miss Great Britain title due to misconduct. 

Stating that her mother had fallen ill, Zara then left the villa and faced the storm at home.  

She later said of the romp: ‘It’s horrible. You know, I was in the moment, I was in the Hideaway. I’d had a few glasses of Champagne, I’m not blaming it on that…

Ahem: The hideaway has been scene to some of the raciest scenes in the show's history, including series two's Zara Holland's now-infamous romp with Alex Bowen

Sad times: Zara's romp led to her being stripped of her Miss GB crown

Ahem: The hideaway has been scene to some of the raciest scenes in the show’s history, including 2016 series two’s Zara Holland’s now-infamous romp with Alex Bowen, which led to her being stripped of her Miss GB crown

Night vision cameras captured the evening in detail, leading to the destruction afterwards.

Night vision cameras captured the evening in detail, leading to the destruction afterwards.

‘Earlier on that day we had a challenge and the new boys got to rate everyone in order of which they think is the hottest girl and how much banter there was. I was the fourth fittest girl and I didn’t apparently have much banter. you start to think ‘oh god am I really boring, am I not pretty’…

‘Everything that day kind of contributed to it. I’m not making an excuse, I know I am my own person, and I made that decision. But it was the biggest mistake ever’.

Speaking in 2019, Zara said: ‘You think you’re on a summer holiday and you might find love, but you are in a posh prison where you don’t know what time it is and a voice in a wall tells you what to do. That show screwed me up. I blame it for everything. What it does to the contestants is terrible’. 

Alex and Olivia tied the knot in September 2018.  

Stating that her mother had fallen ill, Zara then left the villa and faced the storm at home

Alex and Olivia tied the knot in September 2018

Stating that her mother had fallen ill, Zara then left the villa and faced the storm at home

JON’S PROPOSAL 

SERIES ONE: 2015

In the inaugural series of Love Island’s reboot – following its initial and brief stint on-screens in 2005 – Jon Clark, later of TOWIE fame, popped the question to glamour model Hannah Elizabeth

He wrote a poem for the star, penning: ‘Love is mad, love is crazy, love makes me feel like a daisy. Love is scary, love is cool though. Loving you makes me feel like a rainbow’. 

He later said: ‘For us to win Love Island as a couple would just finish off the fairytale story that we’ve started. We met each other the first day, we’ve come on leaps and bounds, we’ve got to know each others. Sh*t bits, ugly bits, bad bits, great bits, lovely bits, sexy bits… you’ve watched us grow as a couple into where we are now’, 

Hannah added: ‘I’ve met the love of my life and winning Love Island would just help start our future together’. Their romance ended catastrophically when Hannah slammed Jon for his treatment of her through their relationship. 

In the inaugural series of Love Island's reboot - following its initial and brief stint on-screens in 2005 - Jon Clark, later of TOWIE fame, popped the question to glamour model Hannah Elizabeth

In the inaugural series of Love Island’s reboot – following its initial and brief stint on-screens in 2005 – Jon Clark, later of TOWIE fame, popped the question to glamour model Hannah Elizabeth

He wrote a poem for the star, penning: 'Love is mad, love is crazy, love makes me feel like a daisy. Love is scary, love is cool though. Loving you makes me feel like a rainbow'

Their romance ended catastrophically when Hannah slammed Jon for his treatment of her through their relationship

He wrote a poem for the star, penning: ‘Love is mad, love is crazy, love makes me feel like a daisy. Love is scary, love is cool though. Loving you makes me feel like a rainbow’

KADY’S WINE THROWING 

SERIES TWO: 2016

Kady McDermott caused shockwaves when she engaged in a physical fight with fleeting star Malia Arkian

Kady McDermott caused shockwaves when she engaged in a physical fight with fleeting star Malia Arkian

Kady McDermott caused shockwaves when she engaged in a physical fight with fleeting star Malia Arkian

In June 2016, Malia was ejected from the villa just hours after her grand arrival, after she became locked in an ‘altercation’ with Kady over Kady’s love-interest and later boyfriend Scott Thomas. 

When she entered the show, Malia, showed a romantic interest in Scott and later got to know him on a date.

Appearing jealous over Scott’s date, Kady decided to get to know the newcomer by the fire pit at the luxury Majorca mansion, however, during an unfortunate accident, Kady then spilt drink on Malia’s leg.

Believing the act was deliberate, Malia said: ‘If you wanna speak to me, just come in there. You don’t do that with me, not at all.’ 

Kady then stood up and shouted back: ‘I swear to God, if you want to get rowdy… that’s a f**king joke. Do you honestly think I’d waste my wine over you? It was a f**king accident.’

Malia replied: ‘Shut up you b**ch. Who the f**k do you think you are?’ The girls then erupted into an argument and during that time an altercation took place, where Malia was alleged to have ‘shoved’ Kady, leading to ejection.

While Love Island viewers were not given full access to the scenes at the time, in 2019, Kady alleged that she was punched so hard by Malia that she bled. Kady took to Twitter to announce: ‘She punched me in the nose after and gave me a nose bleed but they didn’t show it as too graphic’.

In July 2018, Kady claimed she called the police after Malia ‘made threats’ towards her in a Twitter row – after which she refused to apologise. Malia went on to dismiss her claims and demand Kady stop mentioning her name. 

In June 2016, Malia was ejected from the villa just hours after her grand arrival, after she became locked in an 'altercation' with Kady over her love-interest and later boyfriend Scott Thomas

In June 2016, Malia was ejected from the villa just hours after her grand arrival, after she became locked in an ‘altercation’ with Kady over her love-interest and later boyfriend Scott Thomas

DANI’S HEARTACHE… AND THE OFCOM RECORD

SERIES FOUR: 2018 

Dani Dyer's treatment from producers led to a record breaking number of Ofcom complaints

Dani Dyer’s treatment from producers led to a record breaking number of Ofcom complaints 

Back in 2018, Love Island broke a new record for receiving the most amount of complaints ever for a single instalment of the show at the time, with the tally reaching 2500 – in a jump from 650 in the space of 48 hours.

The complaints stemmed from producers’ ‘cruel’ decision to show Dani Dyer a clip of her boyfriend Jack Fincham, coming face to face with his ex-girlfriend Ellie Jones, implying there was something unsavoury afoot.

Dani was left distressed and weeping, panicked about what Jack was getting up to – toying with her emotions yet Jack had barely spoken to Ellie, remaining loyal to Dani throughout.

An Ofcom spokesperson confirmed this was the highest number of complaints about a single issue in Love Island history at that time. They also added that each one will be assessed against the broadcasting code.’

At the time, before the complaints racked up further, Ofcom said: ‘We are considering these complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’

Dani had burst into tears saying she knew her romance was ‘too good to be true’, yet late host of the show Caroline Flack justified producers’ cruel actions by saying the point of the show is to ‘test relationships.’

The scenario worried viewers so much that it was compared to Romeo and Juliet’s tragic Shakespearean ending. Viewers of the show took to Twitter to write: ‘Love Island producers sending Dani that video is literally like when Romeo thought Juliet had died but was acc sleeping #loveisland.’

‘That was a cruel cruel move on poor Dani,’ one person raged, as another posted ‘Dani if only you knew how Jack really feels about you! Cruel this is. Reunite them at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Jack and Dani went on to win the show.  

Back in 2018, Love Island broke a new record for receiving the most amount of complaints ever for a single instalment of the show at the time, with the tally reaching 2500 - in a jump from 650 in the space of 48 hours

Dani was left distressed and weeping, panicked about what Jack was getting up to - toying with her emotions. Making things crueler, Jack had barely spoken to Ellie, remaining loyal to Dani throughout

Back in 2018, Love Island broke a new record for receiving the most amount of complaints ever for a single instalment of the show at the time, with the tally reaching 2500 – in a jump from 650 in the space of 48 hours

GASLIGHTING CONCERNS: ADAM, ZARA AND ROSIE 

SERIES FOUR: 2018

Adam Collard left fans raging when he brutally ended his romance with Rosie Williams when Zara McDermott arrived in the villa as a bombshell addition to the cast

Adam Collard left fans raging when he brutally ended his romance with Rosie Williams when Zara McDermott arrived in the villa as a bombshell addition to the cast

Adam Collard left fans raging when he brutally ended his romance with Rosie Williams when Zara McDermott arrived in the villa as a bombshell addition to the cast. 

The hunk left viewers appalled when he appeared to ‘manipulate’ Rosie into thinking they were never really an item. This backfired, with the Geordie being accused of ‘gaslighting’ by domestic abuse charities. Scenes aired on the show sparked concerns with bosses at domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.

Adam locked horns with Rosie in an explosive confrontation, during which he was widely-criticised by viewers for smirking throughout the argument and later leaving her in hysterical tears.

Voicing concern over Adam’s actions, which have seen him move on to new girl Zara, Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: ‘On the latest series of Love Island, there are clear warning signs in Adam’s behaviour.’

Adam was a late arrival into the villa and was initally paired with Kendall Rae-Knight before Rosie was his next partnership. Following this, he voiced interest in new girl Megan Barton Hanson much to Rosie’s chagrin.

After Zara’s arrival, his head was again turned – despite the fact she entered the villa days after Rosie revealed she had performed a sexual act on her love interest.

The hunk left viewers appalled when he appeared to 'manipulate' Rosie into thinking they were never really an item

The hunk left viewers appalled when he appeared to ‘manipulate’ Rosie into thinking they were never really an item

She then geared herself up to confront Adam, after which he smirked his way through her tearful monologue – leading to fans branding the personal trainer ‘a narcissist and sociopath’ for his cold response.

In light of the shocking scenes, Women’s Aid have urged viewers watching Adam’s behaviour to recognise the warning signs and patterns. Releasing a statement in response to the show, bosses said: ‘On the latest series of Love Island, there are clear warning signs in Adam’s behaviour.

‘In a relationship, a partner questioning your memory of events, trivialising your thoughts or feelings, and turning things around to blame you can be part of pattern of gaslighting and emotional abuse. Last night, Rosie called out Adam’s unacceptable behaviour on the show. 

‘We ask viewers to join her in recognising unhealthy behaviour in relationships and speaking out against all forms of domestic abuse – emotional as well as physical. It is only when we make a stand together against abuse in relationships that we will see attitudes change and an end to domestic abuse.’

Adam and Zara went on to date after the show following Rosie's heartache

Adam and Zara went on to date after the show following Rosie's heartache

Adam and Zara went on to date after the show following Rosie’s heartache

THE KISS THAT NEVER WAS? GEORGIA AND JACK’S LIP LOCKING CONFUSION

SERIES FOUR: 2018

Georgia Steel left the nation raging when she alleged to have locked lips with Jack Fowler - much to his shock and an extremely staunch denial from the hunky bombshell

Georgia Steel left the nation raging when she alleged to have locked lips with Jack Fowler – much to his shock and an extremely staunch denial from the hunky bombshell

Georgia Steel left the nation raging when she alleged to have locked lips with Jack Fowler – much to his shock and an extremely staunch denial from the hunky bombshell. 

Georgia caused friction in the villa when she picked then newcomer Jack, who was coupled up with Laura Anderson, to go on a date with her, and then caused chaos when she kissed him at the end of the date. 

The plot thickened when Georgia and Jack ended up offering different accounts of what actually went down, with Georgia saying the kiss was mutual but Jack saying it was unintentional. 

Kissgate worsened when a VAR breakdown of the kiss was shown on After Sun, only for viewers to point out continuity errors in the playback of the kiss from different angles. 

Trying to set the record straight, Georgia has now admitted the kiss was filmed more than once. ‘There was so much going on in the day I didn’t really know what was going on at that time I just kind of do what I wanna do and they get different angles,’ she said.

‘I honestly don’t remember. I have no idea because there’s so much going on then I’m just focusing on how many times I’ve gotta do whatever I’ve gotta do. Was it more than twice? Yeah,’ she admitted.

Georgia caused friction in the villa when she picked then newcomer Jack, who was coupled up with Laura Anderson, to go on a date with her, and then caused chaos when she kissed him at the end of the date

The plot thickened when Georgia and Jack ended up offering different accounts of what actually went down, with Georgia saying the kiss was mutual but Jack saying it was unintentional

Georgia caused friction in the villa when she picked then newcomer Jack, who was coupled up with Laura Anderson, to go on a date with her, and then caused chaos when she kissed him at the end of the date.

SHERIF’S DEPARTURE  

SERIES FIVE: 2019

Viewers were left stunned after it was revealed Sherif Lanre was asked to leave the villa with immediate effect after apparently ‘breaking the rules’. It later emerged that he was removed for accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the crutch during a play fight, before later joking that it was a ‘c*** punt’. 

Viewers were left stunned after it was revealed Sherif Lanre was asked to leave the villa with immediate effect after apparently ‘breaking the rules’

Viewers were left stunned after it was revealed Sherif Lanre was asked to leave the villa with immediate effect after apparently ‘breaking the rules’

Speaking to The Sun, Sherif revealed: ‘I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards. She did appear to be in pain at first but then she stood up and seemed fine and we started laughing about it.’

Explaining the sequence of events in further detail, Sherif stated that he and Tommy Fury went to brush their teeth before bed and were met by Molly in the bathroom.

Sherif revealed that he and Molly began play fighting and ‘acting out karate moves’ – but inevitably his ‘toes crashed into her groin and she crouched over in a defensive position.’

Admitting that while he checked to see if she was OK, he turned and joked to Tommy: ‘‘That’s a c*** punt.’

Confessing that he didn’t think anything was wrong, Sherif noted that they all continued laughing and joking following the accidental kick, and ‘he didn’t feel the need to apologise for his remark.’

Sherif claimed ITV producers woke him up two hours before everyone else, they dragged him down to the Beach Hut and then interrogated him over what had happened. Noting that the whole interrogation looked worse that what had actually happened, he revealed he was sent home ‘without a change to say goodbye or pack my bags.’

It later emerged that he was removed for accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the crutch during a play fight, before later joking that it was a ‘c*** punt’

Speaking to The Sun, Sherif revealed: 'I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards'

Explaining the sequence of events in further detail, Sherif stated that he and Tommy Fury went to brush their teeth before bed and were met by Molly in the bathroom

Speaking about his ‘c**t-punt’ joke, Sherif expressed complete remorse and admitted he had never actually used the saying before and that it had ‘just popped out.’ 

Despite this concession, at a later date, Sherif claimed he was given less air time than his white co-stars and was treated more harshly than women who ‘slapped his bum’. 

The reality star claimed he was ‘groped’ by girls in the villa and accused the show of ‘unconscious’ racial bias and double standards – something ITV has staunchly denied. Sherif said: ‘I’m not going to point fingers… but the airtime [black people received] was disproportionate to our value in the villa.

‘Statistically we get less air time. I know [the producers] have a duty to edit and give the viewers what they want. But I think the race thing is more to do with the people in charge finding people who want to be with people of colour.’ 

Confessing that he didn't think anything was wrong, Sherif noted that they all continued laughing and joking following the accidental kick, and 'he didn't feel the need to apologise for his remark'

Confessing that he didn’t think anything was wrong, Sherif noted that they all continued laughing and joking following the accidental kick, and ‘he didn’t feel the need to apologise for his remark’

MAURA’S ‘PREDATORY’ ADVANCES AT TOMMY 

SERIES FIVE: 2019  

When Irish grid girl Maura Higgins walked into the villa, she set her sights firmly on boxer Tommy Fury, despite him being coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague, with whom he remains now.

But her constant sexual remarks about the boxer left several viewers watching at home very uncomfortable.

When Irish grid girl Maura Higgins walked into the villa, she set her sights firmly on boxer Tommy Fury, despite him being coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague, with whom he remains now

When Irish grid girl Maura Higgins walked into the villa, she set her sights firmly on boxer Tommy Fury, despite him being coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague, with whom he remains now

Things escalated as when Maura mounted Tommy as he lay on the sofa and attempted to kiss him several times, with the boxer forced to swerve her numerous advances.

The scene attracted over 700 complains to media regulator Ofcom, with fans branding her ‘desperate’ and ‘predatory’, with many accusing her of ‘sexually harassing Tommy’.

Despite the sea of complaints Ofcom said it had assessed the complaints about the episode but would not be investigating them further. Viewers branded Maura ‘desperate’ and ‘crossing a line’ on Twitter.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: ‘While we recognise that many viewers disapproved of a contestant’s behaviour in this episode, we took into account the context in which it occurred, including the nature of Maura and Tommy’s relationship, before and after.’

The regulator said that all complaints about the episode had been ‘assessed under generally accepted standards’. Of the 726 complaints received, the ‘vast majority’ – 709 – were from viewers who alleged Maura had ‘sexually harassed’ Tommy by trying to kiss him on multiple occasions, Ofcom said.

But her constant sexual remarks about the boxer left several viewers watching at home very uncomfortable

But her constant sexual remarks about the boxer left several viewers watching at home very uncomfortable

Tommy and Molly Mae are now good friends with Maura

Things escalated as when Maura mounted Tommy as he lay on the sofa and attempted to kiss him several times, with the boxer forced to swerve her numerous advances

Things escalated as when Maura mounted Tommy as he lay on the sofa and attempted to kiss him several times, with the boxer forced to swerve her numerous advances

OLLIE’S TROPHY HUNTING 

SERIES FIVE: 2020  

Ollie Williams, an heir to a £15million fortune, was exposed as a trophy hunter who gleefully poses next to the corpses of the animals he kills in images that were unearthed soon after he entered the villa

Ollie Williams, an heir to a £15million fortune, was exposed as a trophy hunter who gleefully poses next to the corpses of the animals he kills in images that were unearthed soon after he entered the villa

Ollie Williams, an heir to a £15million fortune, was exposed as a trophy hunter who gleefully poses next to the corpses of the animals he kills in images that were unearthed soon after he entered the villa.

It has emerged that he has travelled to several foreign destinations to take part in hunts — even shooting endangered animals. Ollie, who is set to inherit the 2,000-acre Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall, has proudly had his photo taken standing over dead warthog and water buffalo among other animals.

One now-deleted picture is of him with a giant eland — a type of antelope which has been listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  Another of the Viscount-in-waiting with a slaughtered beast is captioned: ‘You’ve gotta love it when you put your binos up and see a bull like this on the other end!’ 

Despite widespread backlash from fans, Love Island bosses insisted that had ‘no intention’ of axing Ollie Williams after he was exposed as a ‘big game hunter who posed with an array of dead animals he killed in Africa.’

Producers of the ITV2 series refused to ‘bow down to the public on a moral issue’ as they don’t believe keeping Ollie on the show will affect viewing figures. An insider told MailOnline: ‘It is highly unlikely Ollie will be booted off the series. He’s part of the lineup and already filmed the first episode – bosses see no reason to kick him off.’

It was not long however before he departed after stating her still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend.   

It has emerged that he has travelled to several foreign destinations to take part in hunts — even shooting endangered animals

It has emerged that he has travelled to several foreign destinations to take part in hunts — even shooting endangered animals

 

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