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Love Island Ofcom complaints soar to 5,000 in just one week

The number of Ofcom complaints lodged in the last week of Love Island have soared to a total of more than 5,000 – the highest number in the show’s history. 

Around 4,330 of the complaints were from people who said the postcard sent back to the original girls in the main villa from Casa Amor was ‘misleading and caused unnecessary distress’.

And more than 600 complaints were also made two days later after the recoupling episode, when Teddy Soares walked in alone while Faye Winter had recoupled.

Oh dear: The number of Ofcom complaints lodged in the last week of Love Island have soared to a total of more than 5,000 (pictured is single Teddy after Casa Amor – which sparked 600 complaints) 

It came after one of the images on the postcard showed Teddy kissing Clarisse Juliette during a challenge – causing Faye to panic and recouple with new boy Sam Jackson. 

But the kiss took place during a game of truth or dare, and Teddy had actually remained faithful to Faye throughout his time in Casa Amor, joining Jake Cornish – who is coupled up with Liberty Poole as the only official couple in the villa – on the day bed outside every night. 

In the week between July 27 and August 2, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received 5,249 complaints about the ITV2 dating series which kicked off in June. 

Shock decision: More than 600 complaints were made two days after the recoupling episode, when Teddy Soares walked in alone while Faye Winter had recoupled

Shock decision: More than 600 complaints were made two days after the recoupling episode, when Teddy Soares walked in alone while Faye Winter had recoupled

Within that number 95 viewers objected to the treatment of Millie, after she was left heartbroken when Liam’s infidelities with Lillie were revealed. 

In addition, 37 complainants objected to Sunday’s episode being left on a cliffhanger. 

A representative for Love Island has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment. 

Teddy and Faye have now recoupled after talking through what happened in Casa Amor but he was left single after Faye picked Sam while the boys were at Casa Amor. 

Drama: It came after one of the images on the postcard showed Teddy kissing Clarisse Juliette during a challenge - causing Faye to panic and recouple with new boy Sam Jackson

Drama: It came after one of the images on the postcard showed Teddy kissing Clarisse Juliette during a challenge – causing Faye to panic and recouple with new boy Sam Jackson

Speaking about her decision, Faye said: ‘Things change in here very quickly, so people’s true colours come out, and pictures say a thousand words.

‘As we all know, I was taking my time to let my guard down, and the night before he left, I let it down and then he was gone.

‘Once I received the postcard, the girl I’d been working so hard on was just closed off again.’

Teddy admitted he was ‘disappointed’ in Faye’s decision, but had followed his ‘heart’ in coming back to the main villa alone.

Shock: In addition, 95 viewers objected to the treatment of Millie, after she was left heartbroken when Liam's infidelities with Lillie were revealed

Shock: In addition, 95 viewers objected to the treatment of Millie, after she was left heartbroken when Liam’s infidelities with Lillie were revealed

It comes after Love Island was hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints after bombshell Danny Bibby‘s entrance in the villa month. 

The plumber, 25, from Manchester has been this series’ most controversial contestant to date with viewers calling for him to be removed from the show after a historic Instagram comment where he used a racial slur was unearthed.

Danny’s father Richard had to quit Instagram after 1,081 viewers complained to Ofcom about the episode on July 15, in which the islander entered the villa.  

Not happy: It comes after Love Island was hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints after bombshell Danny Bibby 's entrance in the villa month

Not happy: It comes after Love Island was hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints after bombshell Danny Bibby ‘s entrance in the villa month 

The plumber made his debut on Thursday evening’s show as a bombshell, however soon after the episode aired, fans delved into his Instagram and sourced the comment made in 2019.  

Danny apologised for his actions from the villa, saying he ‘meant no offence’ and has ‘learnt from his mistakes’. 

Three days later, the show sparked 426 complaints, after they played Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song N****s In Paris at the start of the episode after ignoring viewers’ calls for Danny to be axed.

Several viewers shared their amazement over the music choice on Twitter, with some saying that it was a ‘disrespectful’ and others being left in shock.  

Backlash: The plumber, 25, has been this series' most controversial contestant to date with viewers calling for him to be removed from the show after a racist comment was unearthed

Backlash: The plumber, 25, has been this series’ most controversial contestant to date with viewers calling for him to be removed from the show after a racist comment was unearthed

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