Olivia Attwood reveals secrets from the Love Island villa – from unaired texts to 4am dumpings

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Olivia Attwood has been giving OK! readers her opinion on everything going on in the Love Island villa for the past four weeks now.

As we reach the halfway point of the series, we asked our exclusive columnist to share the juiciest secrets from the villa, and she did not disappoint.

Here, the 30 year old talks us through the "intense" recouplings that can last until 4am, the secret functions of the Islanders' phones and even where the contestants sneak off to to have sex in the daytime.

She also reveals what happens on the cast's much-rumoured beach days and how the final couples will prepare to find out who is taking home the £50,000 cash prize.

Beach Days

"In later series, the beach days have grown a lot. We only had one beach day our whole series and it was quite close to the end. It was just because they needed to do some maintenance on the villa so they needed us out of the way.

"They separated the boys and the girls so we couldn't chat or get off with each other, nothing can happen to alter the storyline. The boys went on one bus, we went on another and we went to different places. You basically get tag-teamed with producers, for every two Islanders there will be a producer.

"Me and Amber Davies were together and we kept trying to walk off and have a chat but they would just follow us and ask, 'What are you talking about?' There's no chance for you to talk about your couple or anything going on on the show. We just went to a beach for the morning, got some takeaway food and just sunbathed and went in the sea for a bit."

In-Villa Beauty Treatments

"I have heard that in recent series, people come in to do maintenance on hair extensions and nails. On my series, there was absolutely nothing apart from the last week. Us girls who were in the final had someone come in to do our hair and nails.

"Until the final we had to cut our own nails, we had hair extensions hanging out, we were a f**king shambles! So for the series after, they realised the girls looked like absolute ragamuffins so started getting them some help.

"A couple of times through the series, they'll have maintenance people coming in. It was hard because you get so used to having your own hairdresser or nail technician, plus with the language barrier, it's hard to make sure you were getting the right thing."

Catered Lunch and Dinners

"Lunch and dinner is catered. There's a long dining table next to the kitchen and you get a 20 minute warning, the food comes in on big trays.

"It's like a school dinner. They put it all out and you serve yourself like a buffet. Like the beach days, the producers sit with you so you can't have chats about the show. They also use that time to clean the bedroom or take stuff for laundry, all household things are discussed then."

Hidden Smoking Area

"Before you go into the villa, you disclose whether or not you are a smoker and tell them how many cigarettes you would typically smoke in a day. You then have to go to the Beach Hut and say you want to smoke and a producer will take you literally outside the front door of the villa and you stand there and have a cigarette.

"In our series, you could literally ask for the packet of cigarettes and just smoke whenever we wanted. I know smoking is really bad and you can't encourage young people to smoke but I do kind of miss watching it. It really gave you that feeling of sitting around with your friends and having a gossip. At the bottom of the garden where there's white sofas, that was our smoking area and I always look at it and think about how everything when down there.

"The producers would have to encourage us to utilise other parts of the garden because we would just sit there all day, they used to film the whole show in one part of the villa. We were like bees around honey!"

Secret Sex Spots

"Liberty shocked the girls when she said her and Jake had gone further than they'd realised but there aren't really any secret sex spots for people to go to.

"If you go upstairs during the day you could have sex in the toilet or wherever if you wanted it but I think the editing of the show has just changed.

"They leave more to the imagination now and have made it more family-friendly. But when you're in the bedroom, there's so many beds and so much noise from the camera run, the gallery, people whispering, you can do stuff under the covers without people knowing."

Texts From Islanders

"You can text other Islanders from the phone so for the first day or two, for banter, we were just constantly texting each other but the novelty does wear off quite quickly but that's literally it, that's all the phones do.

"Nothing goes down between Islanders on the phone because, as we learnt very quickly, the producers have a phone that reads every text. You can't text someone a secret because the producers also get it on their phone."

Dates Take Place on the Villa's Grounds

"The villa itself is on loads of land so most dates are set up in the land of the villa so you just walk down to them. Some are a bit further away so you're driven down to them."

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Recoupling Speeches

"The producers don't tell you when the recouplings are but they do remind you to keep thinking about your speeches so that you're prepared.

"If you get stuck, you can ask for help. I got stuck a few times and they don't give you anything to say but you can go over it with them.

"When you've been coupled up with the same person for four or five weeks, you do just run out of things to say."

4am Dumpings

"Some of the dumpings can take such a long time. We did some recouplings that went on until three or four in the morning. We wouldn't know the time but the producers would be telling us we had to go to bed because it was the early hours of the morning.

"They're awful, they're worse in real life. On TV, they fill the silences with music but it is so deadly silent, all you can hear is the crackling of the fire.

"The villa is in the middle of nowhere so when you're stood there waiting, you can literally hear a pin drop. It's so intense."

Final Day

"The day of the final is the best day. You don't film the show, the whole villa gets taken over. In the garden, they're building the set.

"We were just p**sing about in the bedroom because there were construction workers everywhere. It's really exciting because you see them setting up for this big party, you know you're going home and you're not on camera so you just get to hang out.

"It kind of feels like the day before Christmas because you can hear everything being set up and you're just sat there waiting."

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Love Island continues nightly at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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