Love Island 2021 start date finally confirmed as ITV reveal new duty of care rules to protect stars’ mental health

LOVE Island have revealed the show is bursting back onto our screens in less than two weeks.

The ITV2 dating show, which sees singletons compete for partners and a huge cash prize in a sun-soaked villa, will return on Monday June 28.

Love Island is returning to screens in a little under two weeksCredit: ITV

The news was revealed on This Morning today when – in true Love Island fashion – Holly Willoughby received a text.

The 40-year-old told co-host Phillip Schofield: “Oh it’s quite exciting news.

“It says at long last we can exclusively reveal that the brand new series of Love Island will be back on our screens on Monday 28 June at 9pm.”

However, she slipped up saying the show could be watched on ITV2 and ITV Tub – instead of ITV Hub, the channel’s streaming service.

This Morning's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby revealed the news

This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby revealed the newsCredit: Rex

The show sees scantily-clad singletons competing for romantic partners

The show sees scantily-clad singletons competing for romantic partnersCredit: Rex Features

Phillip laughed: “ITV Tub is like a bath channel, don’t watch that one.”

Many fans were delighted at the news Love Island will be back so soon, with one writing: “I can’t bloody wait for the new series.

“It’s been a long 16 month wait though now it’s just 2 weeks away bring it on!!!”

The last run of Love Island, won by Finn Tapp and Paige Turley, aired in January last year in South Africa, before coronavirus took hold in the UK.

Laura Whitmore will again return as the host of Love Island

Laura Whitmore will again return as the host of Love IslandCredit: Rex

The reality show made stars of the likes of Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague

The reality show made stars of the likes of Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae HagueCredit: Rex Features

It is likely to air every night apart from Saturdays, when the Islanders are traditionally given a night off to relax.

Love Island also today revealed beefed-up ‘duty of care’ measures on the reality show in the wake of two stars, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack dying by suicide.

Clinical psychologist Dr Matthew Gould, who joined ITV last year, will work with Dr Litchfield, an external advisor.

The pair will continue to independently review the duty of care measures that ITV currently has in place.


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The famous recoupling ceremonies will return to the villa in Majorca, Spain

The famous recoupling ceremonies will return to the villa in Majorca, SpainCredit: Rex Features

Stars will be given in-depth conversations about the impact of going the show and an aftercare package which offers psychological support.

Contestants will also be given social media training and taught about handling negativity.

There is also advice on money and careers with financial management and taking on management discussed with stars.

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