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All the Rules Contestants Need to Follow in the Love Island Villa



Love Island contestants have a whole host of rules they need to adhere to (Picture: ITV/Getty/

Love Island 2023’s brand new winter cast have just begun their time in the villa – with weeks of recouplings, bombshells and plenty of drama still to come.

However, the islanders still have a strict set of rules they have to adhere to in the villa. Breaking these could lead to contestants getting the boot.

While some of the earlier seasons contained far more debauchery, raging rows, and even scenes of contestants romping, producers have become a tad more firm over the years.

Thankfully, the guidelines didn’t seem to put a stop to the chaos of Love Island 2022.

So, here’s every rule that the ITV2 dating show’s contestants have to follow during their time on the show.

What rules do Love Island contestants need to follow?

No matter how lengthy – or brief – the islanders stints are, there are several rules they need to adhere to in the Love Island villa.


Contestants could previously smoke in the villa’s grounds at a designated smoking area, but this has since been scrapped (Picture: ITV)

You may recall chaos kicking off in the smoking area during the earlier seasons of Love Island, with chats taking place on the decking.

ITV has since switched up the rules and from series five, in 2019, ITV put an end to Love Island smoking scenes after complaints from viewers.

While the contestants on the show can still smoke, they go to a ‘designated smoking area’ away from the villa and they must smoke solo.

This is to prevent social smoking and to avoid conversations between the cast that can’t be shown on screen.

The broadcaster revealed to that these rules apply to vaping, too.


Drugs are strictly prohibited in the villa, as well as illicit substances like legal highs or steroids.

In 2019, it was reported that contestants were drug tested before entering the villa, but they are allowed to take prescription medication in if it’s been pre-approved by the production crew.


Love Island contestants can have a limited number of alcoholic drinks each day (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

If you’re wondering why you don’t see rowdy and drunken behaviour on Love Island, it’s because producers are keeping a close eye on just how much the contestants are drinking.

Previous contestants have revealed there’s a two-drink limit each day and a choice of wine and beer or bubbly on special occasions like parties, the first day and dates.

Spirits are never given to contestants, according to series two’s Liana Isadora Van-Riel.

A spokesman for Love Island said at the time: ‘We provide our islanders with all of the necessary precautionary measures and all alcohol consumption is strictly monitored by our production team.’

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Series five star Amy Hart also told podcast Snakey’s Tap Talk: ‘It’s definitely one drink in the night and you have to order it in the afternoon. You can have like white wine, red wine, beer.

‘I think for every one glass of wine, you can get two two beers because they are little cans. That was it.

‘There was no spirits or anything. You could have a glass of Prosecco, actually. But it’s like Spanish Prosecco.

‘It’s one drink and if it’s a particularly long night you get a second drink.’

Inappropriate language, bullying, and violence

Sherif Lanre was booted from the villa in 2019 (Picture: Mark R. Milan/Getty)

One of the most notable Love Island incidents involved season five contestant Sherif Lanre being booted from the villa in 2019.

While show bosses remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind his exit, he later told the Sun on Sunday that it was due to him accidentally kicking fellow islander Molly-Mae in the groin and then joking about it using bad language, including the c-word.

He was told that he had to pack his bags and leave the villa without speaking to fellow contestants.

It is unclear whether it was his language that had him removed from the villa, though Ellie Brown referred to fellow contestant Georgia Brown using the c-word in 2018.

However, the ITV team claim to be very strict about any inappropriate language or bullying behaviour and contestants are ‘forbidden’ from making inappropriate remarks or comments.

In fact, if they are found to be bullying or showing aggressive behaviour to other islanders, they could be removed from the villa.


Again, despite more relaxed rules and protocol in earlier seasons of the show, Love Island contestants are now prohibited from being naked.

With cameras rolling 24/7 for scenes needing to be aired on the show, those in the villa reportedly contractually agree to being dressed appropriately at all times when on the show.

Clothes and branded clothing

Contestants cannot be naked in the villa (Picture: ITV)

Love Island contestants are not allowed to wear any branded clothing or accessories unless they have been provided by brand sponsors.

The show’s current clothing sponsor is eBay and its previous fast-fashion sponsor has been dropped in order to promote eco-friendly alternatives.

Previously, according to the Mirror, the rules stated: ‘You shall not wear anything which is branded or have visible logos such as clothing, accessories or footwear (except as directed by us).

‘If asked to do so by us, you shall immediately remove or change any item of clothing, accessory or footwear and our decision in this regard shall be final.’

While they are usually allowed to wear their own clothes, they are also given a string of new items to wear by the show’s sponsors.

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Amy Hart previously told Closer online: ‘So, for our year we were sponsored by ISAWITFIRST.

‘So, we all got a £1,000 gift card to use online. It was actually 50% off at the time, so we got £2,000 each. And then you could bring in two suitcases – bring in clothes from other brands.

‘Every week we were sent in like a little duffle bag with some more clothes in it that we’d, sort of, picked out from the gifting suite or told them, you know, ‘I like neon, I like floral’ and they would send it in.

‘[In 2022], they’ve teamed up with eBay, so they’ve got in the girl’s dressing room, in the corner, there’s like a little ‘Pre-Loved’ closet with things they’ve brought from eBay second hand.

‘The girls, and the boys, actually as well, are being encouraged wear, share and re-wear their clothes to save the planet and, you know, help and hopefully encourage other people to re-wear their clothes as well.’

Days off

Love Island’s Kem Cetinay said islanders get a day off where they don’t have to wear a mic (Picture: Jeff Spicer via Getty Images)

According to series three winner Kem Cetinay, the contestants were given a day off on Saturdays and were able to leave the villa with supervision from ITV crew members.

However, they were not allowed to talk about anything to do with the show and can only talk about ‘home life’.

However, Amy Hart also told Closer Online: ‘Saturdays isn’t a day off. We don’t have days off we have our microphones the whole time. Every day I was in there I was mic’d and filmed.’

Perhaps the rules changed between 2017 and 2019.

Phones and WiFi

Love Island contestants are not allowed their personal phones in the villa (Picture: ITV)

While many of the Love Island contestants in recent years were influencers even before appearing on the show, each islander must hand in their phone before entering the villa.

They are given their own phone on the show, on which they can take photos and receive the ‘I’ve got a text!’ messages.

They cannot have any contact with the outside world, nor can they ask new contestants who join the show what is going on and how they are being perceived outside the villa.

The time

No time-telling for the Islanders (Picture: Getty)

A truly bizarre element of the show for participants, islanders are not allowed to know what time it is.

They have no watches and clocks in the villa and it has also been covered up on appliances like the oven.

Contestants from earlier seasons have said that they used the sun to get an idea of what time it was. Producers also tell them when to sleep and wake up.

Series five contestant Michael Griffiths told British GQ: ‘We tried to make a sundial, but we still couldn’t figure out when.’

Meanwhile series three contestant Montana Brown told The Independent: ‘They’ll wake you up by putting the lights on or a voiceover will say “Islanders, it’s time to get up”.’

Fake tan

Their bronzed bods are au naturel (Pictue: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Despite contestants always looking bronzed on Love Island, fake tan is reportedly banned from the villa, according to former contestant Chloe Burrows.

It is supposedly due to producers wanting to avoid the villa’s white sheets from being ruined by white stains.

Which Love Island contestants have been kicked out for breaking the rules?

While many Love Islanders have previously walked from the villa, including season eight’s Liam Llewellyn, some have also been told to leave by producers for breaking the rules.

Season two contestant Malia Arkian was removed from the villa for breaking the rules when she became involved in a physical fight with Kady McDermott.

In 2019, Sherif Lanre was told to leave the Love Island villa for ‘breaking the villa rules’.

Winter Love Island 2023 continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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France Hopes to Replace Notre-Dame’s Spire by the End of 2023



Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged by fire in 2019, should reopen by the end of 2024, according to France’s Culture Ministry – too late for the Paris Olympics. The cathedral’s distrinctive spire should nonetheless be back in place by the end of this year.

While the culture ministry, which is responsible for the cathedral’s structure, says reconstruction work is progressing “at a good pace”, the cathedral will no

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LGBT+ History Month in London: 8 Events in the Capital in February 2023



There are plenty of great LGBT+ events going on in the capital this month (Picture: Getty)

February is LGBT+ history month and there are so many ways to commemorate the occasion in London.

From LGBT+ history walking tours, to drag events and pub quizzes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

This year’s theme is #BehindtheLens and celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens so there are also plenty of film related events taking place across the capital.

Here’s our round up of the best events the month has to offer.

LGBT+ history walking tours

London With A Local is carrying out a number of free LGBTQ+ history tours in the capital across February.

Expert tour guides will give you an insight into everything from how the queer influence of the Roman’s shaped the city, to the Aids crisis and the history of the iconic Heaven nightclub.

The tours begin at 11am, last for two hours and take place on every Sunday in February (February 5, 12, 19 and 26).

To find out more info and to book tickets visit the London With A Local website.

The meeting point for the tours is The Clermont Hotel, Strand, London WC2N 5HX.

This year’s theme is Behind The Lens (Picture: Getty)

‘Quiztorical’ quiz night

Sports Media LGBT+ and the West London Queer Project are hosting a charity quiz night on February 9, to raise money for LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt.

The quiz will include questions on queer history but will also cover a wider range of topics.

It’s £5 to enter , starts at 7pm and is open to LGBTQ+ people and allies.

More info can be found on the Sports Media LGBT+ website.

The Duchess, W6 OXF.

Welcome to UK LGBT+ History Month from the co-founder of the month @suesanders03

Celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from #BehindTheLens.

Look ‘Behind the Lens’ and learn about the lived experiences of LGBT+ people.

— LGBT+ History Month 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ (@LGBTHM) February 1, 2023

Fierce Queens: All Aboard

On February 24, Fierce Queens will be taking over the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, for a night of cabaret, queer history and more, hosted by Drag King and Queen, Adam All and Apple Derrieres.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £14 for Royal Museums Greenwich members, £16 for non members and £12 for concessions.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT

LQBTQ+ Film Day at the British Museum

The British Museum is celebrating this year’s LGBT+ history month theme, Behind the Lens, with a day showcasing LGBTQ+ short films Gay Black Group, What am I? and Sally Leapt Out of A Window Last Night.

There will also be a guided tour of some of the British Museum artifacts that have LGBTQ+ connections and there will be a live poetry reading from Simon Maddrell.

The event takes place on February 25 from 10:30-4 and is free to attend.

The British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Kids storytime event with Dani the Storyteller

Under 5s can take part in a free immersive story telling experience on February 17, as Dani the storyteller takes them through the history of Islington’s Pride movement.

Dani will take the children on a journey as they play football with Stonewall FC, drive a red bus to the first-ever Pride March and celebrate under a giant rainbow flag.

The event takes place from 10-11am and more information can be found here.

Cally Clock Tower Centre, Caledonian Park Market Road London N7 9PL

Pride banner designing and making workshop

Pride banner making is just one of many great activities you can do this LGBT+ History Month (Picture: Getty)

El Warcha are putting on Pride Banner designing and making workshops at Wood green Library.

The designing workshop is on February 4 and then there is a separate workshop to make the banner you have designed on February 11.

The banners will celebrate inclusivity in the community and will be displayed in the library.

This event is for ages 14+ and is free to attend.

More info can be found here.

Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect is a film event that will take place at St Pancras hospital on February 15, that will explore representation of LGBTQ+ people has changed on the big screen over the decades.

The event will include research from students at The University of Westminster and an introduction by Professor Pippa Catterall.

The takes place from 6:30 to 8:30, is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

More info can be found here.

AIDS: A cultural history

Aids: A Cultural History is a lecture discussing the virus’s impact on the LGBT+ community (Picture: Getty)

Aids: A Cultural History is a talk by Professor Joanna Bourke which focuses on the period before antiretroviral drugs were developed to treat the virus.

The lecture also discusses: ‘questions of civil liberties, gender and sexuality, race, religion, and cultures of both harm and care’.

It takes place at 6pm on February 16 and is free to attend.

More information can be found here.

Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH

Lots more great events can be found here.

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Speeding Driver Who Killed ‘selfless’ Dad-of-two in Hit-and-run Jailed



Dad-of-three John Wilson was sentenced at the Old Bailey (Picture: Central News/REX)

A motorist who killed a ‘selfless’ father-of-two in a hit-and-run on a pedestrian crossing has been jailed.  

John Wilson, 39, was travelling at 60mph on a 40mph dual carriageway when he hit Tarsem Randhawa, 55, while undertaking another car.  

Mr Randhawa, a financial advisor, died at the scene on Great West Road in Isleworth, west London.   

Wilson, a father-of-three, was driving his fiancee’s car without a licence or insurance when he hit the victim on April 28 last year.  

He only confessed after police arrived at her home to arrest her for the offence, the Old Bailey heard.  

Mr Randhawa, a devoted Chelsea fan, was described by his son, Marco, as ‘the most innocent, humble, selfless kind-hearted man’.  

‘He was adored by everyone and the amount of love and support we received following his passing was truly overwhelming.’  

His second son, Tiago, described his father as ‘his hero’ and ‘his rock’.  

‘I thought I’d have Paps for my whole life,’ he said.  

‘I thought he’d be there as I began my career, I thought he’d be there when I got married and I thought he’d be there when I had kids. 

‘The pain of knowing that that future has been robbed from Paps, from me, from everyone has left me in a deep dark hole which can never be filled.  

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‘We have lost someone so beautiful, everyone’s favourite person.   

‘The greatest pain is knowing how much pain Paps would have been in, to know that as quick as his death may had been there was also that split second when he knew he had lost it all.  

‘An entire life of dedication, laughter and loving, had just disappeared.  

‘To know my hero had to go through that hurts the worst, to know he was completely helpless as his life vanished as if he had never existed.’  

Wilson looked away when the brothers walked past him in the dock.  

Mr Randhawa’s sister, Binda Rai, said his death ‘tore our world apart and it remains so to this day.’  

‘My brother shouldn’t have died and he certainly didn’t need to die at such a young age and in such a brutal way. A part of me has gone with him,’ Ms Rai said in a victim impact statement.  

Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Judge Charles Gratwicke told him: ‘You were driving above the speed limit.  

‘You were undercutting a vehicle which was observing the speed limit.   

‘Why you were speeding, only you know. If you had been observing the speed limit you could have swerved to the right and the collision could have been avoided.’ 

Wilson, of Brentford, west London, admitted causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving; causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured and without a licence; and failing to stop after a traffic accident. 

He has been disqualified from driving for two years and nine months. 

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