Love Island boss says they're still trying to figure out how to make an LGBT version work 1 year ago

Love Island boss says they're still trying to figure out how to make an LGBT version work

We're getting there.

Every year before Love Island starts and just as it comes to an end, we find ourselves having the same conversation - when will there be LGBT+ representation?

The question is asked constantly, and while the series has gone on for seven series now, it's only a matter of time before it's addressed.

ITV boss Kevin Lygo has given somewhat of an answer to this after fans are constantly asking, but it might not be the one they're searching for.

Speaking to the Edinburgh TV Festival, the ITV director of television said: "Love Island is a particular thing, it’s about boys and girls coupling up so if you want to do a gay version, or widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show."

So there we have it, while the show is staying the way it has been traditionally done for now, the Love Island team have looked into it and we could get an LGBT+ version sometime in the future.


While we are yet to get a separate version of the show, there has been LGBT+ representation in past seasons.

During the 2019 series of the Australian Love Island, Phoebe and Cassie decided to couple up after the two revealed they had been with women in the past and Phoebe admitted she had more of a connection with Cassie than any of the boys.

While they had never been in a relationship with another woman, they coupled up and gave it a shot - but it didn't last too long.

And back in 2016 on the UK version, something similar happened when Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon coupled up during the final week of the show.

They were the first same-sex couple on any season of the show, leaving two boys vulnerable at the recoupling and shocking the rest of the islanders.