Love Island bosses have hit back at recent claims bombshell Danica Taylor was urged to pick Luca Bish in the recoupling in order to ‘create drama’, describing them as ‘not true’.
Fans saw Danica arrive as the latest bombshell on Friday night, which completely shocked her fellow islanders.
She made her first appearance during a raunchy ‘sex-sea’ challenge, with a recoupling later ending on a cliffhanger.
Danica, 21, then opted to pick Luca, 23, who has been coupled up with Gemma Owen, 19, over some of the single boys in the villa.
While the pair had gone out on a date earlier on in the episode, Luca’s attention didn’t move away from Gemma towards the newcomer, who is a dancer.
Recent reports have since claimed she was encouraged by bosses to ‘create a new and dramatic storyline’, but this has now been firmly denied.
A show insider reportedly told MailOnline: ‘Danica is a brilliant bombshell, she’s beautiful, confident, and willing to do whatever it takes to find love in the villa.
‘Producers were keen for her to steal Luca from Gemma during Friday’s recoupling, and she was totally up for it.
‘She could have chosen singletons Davide or Remi, but she plotted with producers to create a new and dramatic storyline, testing show favourites Gemma and Luca in their relationship.’
However, a Love Island spokesperson said to Metro.co.uk: ‘This is not true.
‘The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.’
Gemma is now in a couple with Davide Sanclimenti, 27, but continues to be committed to Luca as the pair’s relationship only grows stronger.
Meanwhile, tonight’s episode will see two more islanders dumped from the villa after the public voted for their favourite remaining contestants.
The three with the least votes from both the boys and girls were left at risk of having to wave goodbye to the Majorcan sunshine.
Tasha Ghouri, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, Amber Beckford, Andrew Le Page, Jay Younger and Ikenna Ekwonna were all left with their fate unknown in a dramatic cliffhanger, which will be determined by the public vote.
But who will be the latest to exit, and will it end up tearing any of the couples apart?
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.