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Laura Whitmore has revealed she’s not allowed to set foot in the main Love Island villa this year because of strict Covid guidelines.
The TV presenter is welcoming a new gang of singletons to the Mallorca mansion for a new summer of love and raunchy antics, with the first episode airing tonight.
However, while normally she would be allowed to snoop around the 11 contestants’ new home, this year she’s not allowed as she’s not part of the house’s Covid bubble.
Speaking to Richard Arnold on Good Morning Britain, Laura explained: “Well they're all in a bubble together, so the islanders have been out there for two weeks beforehand, I feel like all of Majorca is just going to be the cast of Love Island!
“I'm not going to be in the villa at all, so everything I do will be outside the villa, or by the pool or in the fire pit. So we kind of stick to rules that way.”
Laura, who is married to Iain Stirling, the voiceover of the show, will be travelling to and from the island during her duties as presenter.
Iain will remain in England during this years’ series run.
Ahead of the new series, Laura also spoke about the show’s new practices for duty of care, which include counselling to deal with trolls and financial advice in the wake of their overnight fame.
The decision for better care practices was called for by former islanders after three stars – Sophie Gradon, Mike Thalassitis and former host Caroline Flack – died by suicide within the space of two years.
It’s something that Laura has said the team are keen to fight going forward, agreeing with presenter Richard that it’s ‘paramount’ islanders are cared for.
“I think when Love Island started, people didn't realise how big a show it was going to get. It had this little cult following, it felt quite safe, and then as soon as something becomes a commercial success, then it gets difficult because everyone has an opinion,” she said.
“That is one of the things that all the producers really have been working with. Nobody is kind of put on that show, you know, without going through so many different interview processes and checking that everything's okay.”
Tonight sees the first day of antics within the new Love Island villa, with the 11 contestants setting up home in the newly kitted-out luxury Majorca pad.
This year's home comes complete with naughty wall art, a ‘dog house’ for those misbehaving, and a sexed-up hideaway.
There's also the return of the iconic fire pit in the sprawling garden, with day beds and a pool for the gang to cool down in the blazing sun.
But they better not get too comfy, with bombshells being thrown in to disrupt their time in paradise at a moment's notice.
Love Island airs weekdays at 9pm on ITV2.
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