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Love Island stars are said to have been made to sign a "brutal” contract before they take part on the dating show which highlights the “potential downsides” of life as a reality star, it has been claimed.
The islanders in is series, which has already received backlash after only one black female features in the 2021 line up, were reportedly warned before they entered the villa that “nobody may fancy you” and there are “no guarantees” that they will leave the villa and become famous.
The claims of the so-called contract comes after Love Island revealed strict protocols put in place to support the contestant's mental health.
ITV producers are said to hope the contract will help “safeguard” the latest islanders as part of their extensive duty of care for the cast following the tragic deaths of Mike Thalassitis, Sophie Gradon and Caroline Flack.
A source told The Sun: "It was brutal to read but at least everyone knows what to except now and there's no surprises."
Meanwhile, the contract is said to have warned how their time in limelight may not last as long as hoped after leaving the villa.
According to the publication, the contract is said to have read: "If you're hoping that you will become famous by taking part in the show there are no guarantees that this will happen.
"It may not change your life in any way."
OK! has contacted Love Island for comment.
The contestants were also reportedly warned about the “increased negative attention” during their time on the show, including hateful comments about their appearance, personality and behaviour.
It comes after the Love Island producers were said to have selected the 2021 line up by a "team of experts" after they were put through "the strictest psych tests ever".
This year’s contestants, who have already cruelly been hit with negative comments from viewers about their appearance, were offered comprehensive psychological support, training on the impacts of social media and handling negativity, and financial management training.
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The villa inhabitants had conversations about the impact of being on the show, and will be given an aftercare package to support islanders once they return to the UK.
They'll also receive advice about seeking management for once they return to the UK.
ITV’s press centre said: “These measures are regularly reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show and the level of social media and media attention around the islanders.”
Love Island continues every night (apart from Saturdays) at 9pm on ITV2
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