Chloe Burrows opened up about her experience in the famous Love Island villa on Thursday as she revealed exactly what happens on the hit dating show.
The reality star, 27, who appeared on season seven of the ITV2 dating show in 2021, said the ‘build-up is insane’ as you isolate before entering the Majorca villa.
And she revealed a brutal secret about what really happens to Islanders that fly out to go on the show – revealing that they could get thrown off the show at any second.
Speaking to former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison, 35, on her podcast The Secret To, she detailed how the singletons are all put on ‘hold’ before entering.
And producers remind them that they are not guaranteed a place on the show until they are actually in the villa, right up to the last second.
‘The build-up is insane!’ Chloe Burrows has revealed a secret about what it’s like to be selected to be a Love Island contestant
Wild! The reality star, 27, who appeared on season seven of the ITV2 dating show in 2021 (pictured), said you can get dropped from the show up until the final hour
She said: ‘The build-up is insane! So, they say to you, and I don’t know why they say it, but they remind you the whole time, “You’re not in the villa, until you’re in the villa”.
‘Even on the morning, they’re like, “You’re not in love Island yet”. Like it could all go wrong, and they could fly you home.
‘They don’t tell you. You have no clue what’s going on. And I’d heard a couple of people had their [suit]cases got taken and then got given back because they weren’t going in.
‘Some people had flown out for like six weeks and didn’t get in!’
The blonde bombshell went on to say pal Millie Court, who won the 2021 series with beau Liam Reardon, was put on hold longer than she was told because the ITV producers decide whether to put you in depending what is going on with the other islanders.
She continued: ‘I remember Millie got told she’d be going in the first few days, and she didn’t come in until the week after. So, she was in hold for about 4 weeks, I think.
‘They just wait and see when to drop you in based on what happens in the villa. So, if they don’t think you’re right, then you don’t get dropped and then you get sent home.
She said: ‘The build-up is insane! So, they say to you, and I don’t know why they say it, but they remind you the whole time, “You’re not in the villa, until you’re in the villa”’
She added: ‘Even on the morning, they’re like, “You’re not in love Island yet”. Like it could all go wrong, and they could fly you home. ‘They don’t tell you. You have no clue what’s going on’
‘I think Luke [Mabbott] from the South Africa series, he flew out to South Africa, was in hold, and then they flew him back to England and flew back out again.’
Once Chloe got into the villa she said she was slightly ‘rattled’ by the other islanders and she soon had to learn to grow a ‘thick skin’.
She said: ‘When you’re in the villa, it’s dog-eat-dog in there! Oh my god! You have to be thick skinned. Like, you can’t go in there feeling a little bit sensitive.
‘I thought I was thick skinned, and it rattled me. But yeah, I was so concerned, like when do I ever talk about my feelings?
‘There’d be tension in the dressing room and it’s like treading on eggshells because you don’t know these people!’
Chloe didn’t have the smoothest of starts on the ITV2 show as she came in as a bombshell and in a shocking recoupling, chose to pair up with Aaron Francis leaving his former partner Shannon Singh immediate dumped from the villa.
The TV personality admitted she ‘struggled’ when she first entered and found the experience extremely ‘isolating’.
She said: ‘The first two weeks I really struggled. I just didn’t really gel. I had a couple of the girls but I came in and took someone’s man – it had been two hours, and someone got dumped! It is what it is! A game’s, a game!
‘But in the first couple of weeks, I really struggled with fitting in and gelling. Until Milly and Lucinda came in, I felt really, really isolated.
‘I wasn’t being true to myself, because I was so conscious about everything. I was on edge the whole time.
‘I’d never really felt anxious before, but I would say it was like a kind of anxiety. And then I got royally f****** mugged off into the next century, just before Casa Amor. I was like “I’m going home”.
Whilst she was off flirting with boys to try and get a connection on the series her family back home, who were running her social media were receiving several horrific ‘death threats’.
‘A game’s, a game!’ Chloe didn’t have the smoothest of starts on the ITV2 show as she came in as a bombshell and in a shocking recoupling, chose to pair up with Aaron Francis leaving his former partner Shannon Singh immediate dumped from the villa
Devastated: Chloe made it all the way to the final with then boyfriend Toby Aromolaran but earlier this year the pair revealed they have broken up
‘Love life it’s non-existent’: The blonde beauty said the split was ‘the worst thing she’s ever been through’ and thanked pal Millie for helping her get through the hard time
She explained: ‘Because my sister and my two friends ran my [Instagram] account. And actually, within the first week, they had to issue a statement with ITV and the police because I had so many death threats.
‘They’ve [online bullies] turned up at my Nana and Granddad’s house. Yeah, I didn’t see it. And I knew that would happen.
‘I’ve been trolled since being on other shows since and I’m like “Oh, it’s actually not that nice”.’
Chloe made it all the way to the final with then boyfriend Toby Aromolaran but earlier this year the pair revealed they have broken up.
The blonde beauty said the split was ‘the worst thing she’s ever been through’ and thanked pal Millie for helping her get through the hard time.
She said: ‘Yeah, it’s been a struggle. You know, I think a public breakup is the worst thing I’ve ever been through. I won’t lie.
‘So, that was a tough few months. But I’m in, a much better place. I now probably would give an ode to Millie. She dragged me through that breakup! She was like ‘You’re not feeling sad. You can live with me’.
‘So yeah, life’s good! Love life. Yeah, it’s non-existent. I’m not in the right place. It would be wrong for me for me to be with someone at the moment because I’m not there in the head, which is fine!’
With the new summer series of Love Island kicking off earlier this week, Chloe revealed she knows someone from the new cast.
She gushed: ‘I know someone! Tyreke is Toby’s bestest friend in the whole world. So, I know him a little bit. I wouldn’t say we’re best mates, but I do know him. And I think that the girls will absolutely fancy the pants off of him!’
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MEET THE ISLANDERS
NAME: Ruchee Gurung
WHY ENTER THE VILLA? I’m single and looking for love, and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to find someone. I’m a relationship kind of girl, but so far it’s not worked out for me.
WHY DATE ME? I’m really caring, when I’m with someone I’m all about them. I’m also really loyal and love doing nice things for the people that are special to me. My love language is gift giving, so I’m a real giver when it comes to relationships
NAME: Tyrique Hyde
WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? I’ll bring vibes, confidence, good energy and honesty. I don’t sit on the fence, if I have an opinion I will speak up. I’m also not afraid to go after what I want
CLAIM T0 FAME? Toby Aromolaran is one of my best friends, we grew up together and were in the same class at school
NAME: Molly Marsh
WHY LOVE ISLAND AND WHY NOW? I think it’s ideal timing and the perfect way to find someone.
I don’t go out and party and I don’t use dating apps, I’m actually quite old-fashioned, so there’s no better way to meet someone than by going into a Villa in the sun with the potential ‘one’ in there.
NAME: George Fensom
OCCUPATION: Business Development Executive
HOW WOULD YOUR FAMILY DESCRIBE YOU? I’m the first person to bring the vibe up, I’m always dancing, I’m always the one who wants to go out. My go-to dance move is what I call the Dad Dance, I’m gonna bring dad jokes and dad dancing to the Villa.’
NAME: Catherine Agbaje
OCCUPATION: Commercial Real Estate Agent
HOW WOULD FAMILY AND FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Someone who is fun and a loving character. They know I have so much love to give.
I’m always smiling, I’m always happy, I’m always laughing. You’ll always see me with a smile on my face.’
NAME: Mehdi Edno
OCCUPATION: Communications Manager/Model
ARE YOU READY TO FIND THE ONE? Yes. I’ve been busy for the last few years with work, and doing my Masters degree but now I’m done with the busy schedule, and ready to find love.
THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO HAVE IN A PARTNER? Looks are important but they aren’t everything, a good sense of humour and someone who is outgoing and up for an adventure is what I’m looking for.
NAME: Ella Thomas
WHAT’S YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? I’ve been in a Headie One and Burna Burna Boy music video and I was once an extra in World War Z. I was 12 years old when I filmed it and got to meet Brad Pitt which was cool.
WHY SHOULD SOMEBODY DATE YOU? I’m the whole package, I know what I want in life and I’ve got a big heart.
NAME: Mitchel Taylor
OCCUPATION: Gas engineer
WHY SHOULD SOMEBODY DATE YOU? I thrive on being a gentleman. I’ll shower you with flowers, I’ll take you on dates, I’ll fill your bedside drawer with your favourite sweets and chocolate. I’ve been single, I’ve had my fun and now I want to settle down.
WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? I’m just really picky. I’ve got to find the girl that I want to marry and have kids with. I’m nearly 27, I don’t want to play the field anymore, I want to find the one.
NAME: Jess Harding
OCCUPATION: Aesthetics Practitioner
WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? Because every boy is giving me the ick at the moment. I feel like it’s fate because I’m saving myself for Mr Right in the Villa!
WHAT GIVES YOU THE ICK? When a guy stunts for money, that’s an ick. Showing off all their designer clothes because most of the time they’re probably fake anyway! Another one is when a boy runs for the train and the train goes without him. Lunch Boxes also – just go to Tesco and get a meal deal!
NAME: Andre Furtado
OCCUPATION: Economics graduate and clothing brand entrepreneur
WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? I’m charming, I’m going to bring good looks and some language lessons. I’m going to teach the other Islanders Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of Creole. I think I’ve got every slice of the pie.
DO YOU FALL IN LOVE QUICKLY? I would say I fall too quickly to be honest. When I look at beautiful ladies, before I’ve said hello to them I’ve already fallen in love. I’m already planning the wedding.
NAME: Zachariah Noble
FROM: South East London
OCCUPATION: Personal trainer and basketball player
WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? I’m a very chilled out guy and I’m completely myself 100% of the time. I’m quite straightforward and never struggle making friends, I like to look after people.
WHAT GIVES YOU THE ICK? I’ve got two and they’re both really stupid; Bad handwriting – I’ve got terrible handwriting so they’d need to have better handwriting than me and twerking, I really don’t like twerking!
NAME: Whitney Adebayo
WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? Good vibes, I can be really silly and funny but I can also get deep. It depends on the person and the situation but I am a very adaptable person, I know how to read the room.
DO YOU FALL IN LOVE QUICKLY? Real love, no. I can fall in lust but I don’t fall in love quickly. My big thing is trust, I’ve got to trust you fully before I can give you my heart. I won’t give you my heart for free, you’ve got to earn it.