Love Island’s Coco Lodge speaks out on unaired steamy scenes and ‘engineered villa divide’

Coco Lodge has revealed some of the secret moments from her time in the Love Island villa which were never aired on screen.

The former contestant, 27 entered the villa as one of the Casa Amor bombshells earlier this month and got very close with Andrew Le Page before he dumped her and reunited with Tasha Ghouri back in the main villa.

But Coco revealed that not every intimate moment was shown, as Islander Summer Botwe’s topless massage from Dami Hope did not hit screens.

Dishing the dirt: Coco Lodge has revealed some of the secret moments from her time in the Love Island villa which were never aired on screen

She also hinted she had an unseen tiff with fellow Casa Amor girl Jasmine Nichol, and said a divide between the original cast and new bombshells was made worse by producers.

It comes after she insisted Luca Bish is actually ‘lovely’ after he stood up for despite fan accusations of ‘bullying’.

She told The Sun: ‘I think there were a few scenes with some of us, like Summer had a massage from Dami and she was topless, that wasn’t aired.’

She went on to recall the moment she and Jasmine fell out after Coco kissed Andrew.

Scandalous: The former contestant, 27, entered the villa as one of the Casa Amor bombshells earlier this month, before sharing an intimate moment with Andrew Le Page

Scandalous: The former contestant, 27, entered the villa as one of the Casa Amor bombshells earlier this month, before sharing an intimate moment with Andrew Le Page

Coco said: ‘She liked Andrew, they’d had like two conversations and she liked him and she got annoyed at me for kissing him.’

The reality star went on to say she found entering the main villa after Casa Amor difficult as there was a divide between the original cast and new bombshells, with Coco claiming it was made worse by producers.

She said the new female bombshells were made to have separate chats in the morning away from the original girls, which she said created a ‘massive divide’, adding: ‘It just wasn’t nice in there for us at the start.’

Meanwhile, she insisted Luca Bish is not the person he appears to be on screen, insisting he is ‘lovely’ and that he stood up for her while the rest of the cast were laughing at her during a recoupling.

Speaking out: Coco said another cosy moment with Andrew was not shown, while fellow Islander Summer Botwe's (pictured) topless massage from Dami Hope did not hit screens

Speaking out: Coco said another cosy moment with Andrew was not shown, while fellow Islander Summer Botwe’s (pictured) topless massage from Dami Hope did not hit screens

Luca was accused of ‘bullying’ by some fans, but Coco insists this is not representative of what actually happened in the villa.

Coco said she was stood along during a recoupling prompting former Islander Deji Adeniyi to be forced to choose her as a partner, with the rest of the contestants laughing at her as it happened.

However, she said Luca called the others out on their behaviour, adding: ‘He really stood up for me, he’s so lovely, so for me the way they’re editing him at the moment is quite bad.’

MailOnline has contacted Love Island for comment. 

Tense: She went on to recall the moment she and Jasmine Nicol (pictured) fell out after Coco kissed Andrew, with Coco saying Jasmine had set eyes on Andrew in Casa Amor

Tense: She went on to recall the moment she and Jasmine Nicol (pictured) fell out after Coco kissed Andrew, with Coco saying Jasmine had set eyes on Andrew in Casa Amor

The ITV2 dating show has been the subject of more than 5,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom in the past two weeks, relating to alleged ‘misogynistic behaviour’ and ‘bullying’ by some of the male contestants.

Managing director of ITV Studios Kevin Lygo said the broadcaster will ‘sit down and review’ Love Island when the series ends next week.  

He said: ‘When the series comes to an end on Monday, we will always sit down and review what we think about it, what the reaction has been, how well it has done.

‘And we have to say this year, remember, it is the best one we have had in many years and I think everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.’  

Character: Meanwhile, Coco insisted Luca Bish is not the person he appears to be on screen, insisting he is 'lovely' after he was accused by fans of 'bullying'

Character: Meanwhile, Coco insisted Luca Bish is not the person he appears to be on screen, insisting he is ‘lovely’ after he was accused by fans of ‘bullying’

During a media briefing for ITV’s interim financial results, Mr Lygo was asked about the volume of complaints and whether there would be an editorial review.

He said: ‘We continually assess a programme as it is going on because it is one of these odd every night live sort of shows.  

‘But when the series comes to an end on Monday, we will always sit down and review what we think about it, what the reaction has been, how well it has done.

‘And we have to say this year, remember, it is the best one we have had in many years and I think everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.  

‘To get five million people to watch a show every night at 9 o’clock is extraordinary in the modern era, so something is being done right.

Honest: Coco said: 'He really stood up for me, he’s so lovely, so for me the way they’re editing him at the moment is quite bad' (Luca pictured with Gemma Owen on Love Island)

Honest: Coco said: ‘He really stood up for me, he’s so lovely, so for me the way they’re editing him at the moment is quite bad’ (Luca pictured with Gemma Owen on Love Island)

‘But you are right, we must always look to improve and work on what we have done. But we are very happy with the way it has gone so far.’

Ofcom is assessing the complaints against its broadcasting rules, but is yet to decide whether to investigate.

In May 2019, ITV released a new set of duty of care processes ahead of the fifth series, which was later won by Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.  

They updated those processes for the most recent series and began giving inclusion training, including language and behaviour, to contestants ahead of them entering the villa. 

The current series of Love Island has been a ratings success, securing its biggest launch episode since 2019.

ITV has also announced there will be two series of the show in 2023 – a winter series in South Africa and a summer series in Majorca.

Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2022 series   

Pre-filming and filming

  • Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare. 
  • Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history. 
  • Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.  
  • Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear. 
  • Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them. 
  • Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid. 
  • A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

Aftercare 

  • Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home. 
  • A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home. 
  • Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable. 
  • We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.

 

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find. 

‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one. 

‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.

‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. 

‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. 

‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. 

‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.

Andrew Le Page

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.

‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.

‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to give it a go.’ 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains! 

‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.

‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.

‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.

‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.

‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

 Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’

Adam Collard

Adam Collard

Name: Adam Collard

Age: 26

Location: Newcastle

Occupation: Personal trainer 

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a few feathers when I go in.’

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