The show isn’t on the TV and they don’t stay in the villa.
A former Love Island contestant has explained what goes on while the cameras are away from the villa during the show’s weekly break from our screens.
The show is not aired on Saturday nights, meaning there is an entire 24 hours of interaction between the contestants that we don’t see.
And, according to Chris Williamson, who appeared on the show in 2015, it means a day of rest.
Speaking to the Chronicle Live, he said: “Once a week we were allowed to leave the villa and weren’t filmed so none of the viewers would ever know.
“There was a day every week when footage wasn’t needed, which was liberating as you could talk about anything.”
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The show has been subject to a number of conspiracy theories this year.
Truthers have claimed that Samira gave away that Hayley would leave the villa this week, that Jack and Dani knew each other before tipping up for the show and there’s even been speculation that Australia and the UK’s show would merge.
And, Williamson seems to backup the idea that there’s a hidden hand working behind the scenes to create the on-air #drama.
He added: “There is a person called a villa producer who comes in to capitalise on storylines.
“At the end of the day, ITV2 need an hour of good TV every night so they can’t really wait weeks for people in there to make a move or address certain things.”
To be fair, it is described as ‘constructed reality’.