LOVE Island bosses have addressed 2022 star Luca Bish's claims he was banned from speaking to Gemma Owen early in the series and he was told to egg on the boys in Casa Amor.
Speaking on the Private Parts podcast with Jamie Laing, runner-up Luca explained he was warned off chatting up his now-girlfriend Gemma in the first five days of the show.
The fishmonger explained said: "I tried to pull her for a chat on the second day and they (the producers) said 'you're not allowed to, Davide's just come in they need time to get to know each other'. It was a storyline obviously.
"They said 'we're doing this for you so you don't look like a player'.
"In my head I'm thinking, the more I hold off the more she's going to get to know Davide."
He also claimed he was taken aside during Casa Amor and encouraged to push the boys towards the new girls.
READ MORE ON LOVE ISLAND
Strictly’s Neil Jones makes red carpet appearance with Love Island girlfriend
Millie Court moving out of £1m Essex home after ‘struggling’ without ex Liam
He continued: “Not a lot of people know, we were standing there as boys—we got called to the outside of the villa—and before we went in, it was like ‘You lot are smashing it this year. The show is doing unbelievable! This is Casa Amor, don’t f*** it up.'
“I think every boy knew what that meant, hence why you had chaos the first two days or whatever with the boys.”
The former fishmonger continued: “I went to the beach hut and it was like ‘come on, who do you fancy the most?’ and ‘why are the boys being such p***ies? They can’t bottle it now.’
“I was like ‘OK, I know what you’re saying’, went out there and called them a bunch of p***ies, told them you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
However, an ITV spokesperson has since rubbished Luca’s claims.
In a statement to Metro, they said: “There is no truth to these claims. The decisions made by the Islanders are their own.”
It comes as Ofcom revealed it will not further pursue complaints about the eighth series of Love Island saying "negative behaviour in the villa was not shown in a positive light".
The broadcast watchdog revealed they received 7,482 complaints about the popular ITV dating show across its eight weeks, with complaints related to "alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour" by some of the male contestants.
Other complaints made were centred around "alleged misogyny, emotional abuse and coercive control" by the male contestants.
Among the more than 7,000 complaints received, the highest volume was 1,497 for an episode which aired on July 19.
During the episode, the islanders took part in a Snog, Marry, Pie challenge where they revealed who they would kiss, marry or hit in the face with a cream pie.
Dancer and model Tasha Ghouri was left in tears over comments Dami Hope and Luca made during the challenge before delivering a pie to her face.
Most read in Love Island
Millie Court moving out of £1m Essex home after 'struggling' without ex Liam
Luca reignites bitter Love Island feud over Gemma Owen and SLAMS Casa Amor star
Love Island’s Luca signs HUGE new deal – and Gemma's dad Michael will approve
Love Island star shows off body transformation with inspiring message
Ofcom said that the complaints for the episode from viewers had been about "alleged bullying among the contestants, and raised ongoing concerns about behaviour from the male contestants that they considered to be misogynistic".
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We carefully assessed complaints about this series on a range of issues including alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour.
"We recognise that emotionally charged or confrontational scenes can upset some viewers. But, in our view, negative behaviour in the villa was not shown in a positive light.
Read More on The Sun
After the Queen’s tragic death – the new line of succession explained
Paddington Bear says ‘Thank you Ma’am’ in touching tribute to the Queen
"Viewers saw other islanders condemning the behaviour and offering advice and support, as well as scenes where apologies were made.
"We also took into account that the format of this reality show is well established and viewers would expect to see the highs and lows as couples' relationships are tested."
Source: Read Full Article