Love Island can represent LGBTQ+ community, says Islanders ex-boyfriend

Lovestruck High hunk Alex Dean has spoken out, claiming dating shows have shown it's possible to have LGBTQ+ contestants.

The Amazon Prime series, narrated by Lindsay Lohan, received widespread praise for featuring LGBTQ+ singletons on the quest to find love.

Fans were delighted when it was announced that eight contestants, Basit, Charlie, Jess, Junaid, Sin, Theo, Jody and Dan were LGBTQ+, with it being an equal balance with straight hopefuls.

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Last year, Love Island bosses claimed to have gay contestants presented a "logistical difficulty" – something which Alex claims has been broken.

The 27-year-old who previously dated Samira Mighty has spoken exclusively to the Daily Star on his thoughts.

He said: "I can't really speak for all the other shows because obviously the big one that has made its brand, doing what it's doing and has been successful doing that.

"I can't really comment and say that it needs to change because that's just the brand that it is.

"I think Amazon Prime Video's Lovestruck High has really shown that it can be done and if companies really wanted to, they could do that.

"It's not me to say that they should and you know, call certain ones out for not doing it but it's been proven it can be done."

The accountant continued: "We're not the only ones that have done it as well, there's another show earlier this year that had people with more representation from the LGBTQ+ community involved.

"Hopefully, it's the start of something that's more progressive for that environment moving forward."

Discussing ex-Islander Zara McDermott's BBC Three show, Love In The Flesh, Alex added: "I've got a friend that was on Zara's one, so I know they had representation in that."

ITV's commissioner Amanda Stavri previously told RadioTimes: "In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island.

"There's a sort of logistical difficulty because although Islanders don't have to be 100 per cent straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up.

"With our dating shows, such as The Cabins, there is much more sexual diversity.

"The formats don't have as much restrictions as Love Island. So we're very sort of mindful of that across our programming on ITV and dating series. But that's the difficulty with Love Island."

Alex said he decided to sign up for the programme after discovering how diverse the show was, explaining he's "proud" to be a part of it.

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While he may not have found love on Lovestruck High, he has no intentions of appearing on Love Island.

He said: "I've made a promise to two people in my life that I would never do that show.

"I refer to it as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, everyone is after that golden ticket, you turn up, some people are lucky and get the golden ticket.

"It doesn't end well for most of them anyway, there's only one really that comes out doing well and it doesn't end great for the others."

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