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Zoe Delaney

What really happens after a Love Island fight: Standby security to off-camera ultimatums

Things got heated in the Love Island villa on Thursday night, as the islanders were forced to step in as Shaq Muhammad and Harris Namani came to blows in the last minutes of the show.

Shaq accused Haris of 'stirring s**t' and the pair began shouting at each other during the explosive row, before the rest of the boys stepped in and told the warring islanders to go to other parts of the villa in order to calm down.

The ITV2 series is no stranger to heated moments kicking off by the firepit over the years, with the reality TV show even previously receiving Ofcom complaints due to dramatic feuds and screaming matches between the islanders.

But what exactly happens when things turn sour in the villa?

The boys were forced to step in during Thursday night's explosive episode of Love Island (ITV)

Malin Andersson, who had a front row seat at the the fire pit when Malia Arkian was dramatically outed from the show within an hour of her arrival in 2016, told the Mirror exactly what goes down when an islander is booted out of the villa.

"It just kicked off. It went crazy. Security rushed in and took [Malia] away and she was never seen again," pregnant Malin recalled in 2019 when chatting about the explosive scenes.

New girl Malia came to blows with Kady McDermott after inviting her man Scott Thomas out on a date.

Malia's time on the ITV2 show was short but memorable (ITV)

Kady had been crying over their rendezvous from the villa and within minutes of Malia making her entrance, Kady accidentally spilled a drink down her leg.

Malia then jumped out of her seat and began yelling at Kady before security swooped in to pull them apart.

Kady has since claimed Malia punched her and gave her a nose bleed but says the scenes were never aired on TV.

Speaking in 2019, Malin went on to explain how security guards are permanently on stand-by behind the fences of the Majorca villa ahead of any potential drama.

Sobbing Kady was spoken to off-camera by producers (ITV2)

She continued to explain how Kady was called to the Beach Hut to calm down and chat with producers.

"To diffuse the situation they had to call Kady in to get her away from it and then somebody would have spoken to her in there and then it was reported back to the rest of us."

"We all knew what the real reason was," said Malin. "They don't tolerate [that behaviour] at all.

"That was it, done."

Malia remains the only Love Island contestant to ever be removed from the villa by bosses, but many have come close over the years.

Anna Vakili erupted at Jordan Hames over his betrayal during the 2019 series (ITV)

Theo Campbell wasn't in the villa for long but he was still responsible for a handful of iconic moments which have gone down in the show's history.

During one of the most dramatic recouplings Love Island has had, Theo recouped with Tyla Carr which prompted Johnny to call him a 'b*****d* and the pair almost came to blows at the firepit.

Speaking to the Mirror in 2018, Theo explained how before entering the villa, Islanders are warned about doing three main things in the villa that could send them packing.

These are: fighting, being sexually forceful and racist slurs.

Yet Theo quipped: "I was quite naughty on there but I wasn't even close to being kicked out."

One Love Island fight attracted a record number of Ofcom complaints in 2021 (ITV)

Alcohol is limited in the Love Island villas to prevent any boozy arguments breaking out, but that doesn't stop some sober kick-offs occurring.

After her explosive screaming match with now-boyfriend Teddy Soares, Faye Winter was taken off-camera and spoken to by producers in 2021.

The row, which sparked a record 25,000 Ofcom complaints, saw Faye call Teddy a 'two-faced p****' and warned the rest of the male cast 'I'll f***ing fall out with all you p***** if I need to'.

Love Island bosses reportedly told Faye to apologise for her shouty rant or face being booted off the show.

Faye was ordered to apologise after the argument (ITV)

"Faye was ordered by producers to apologise to Teddy, and not only that but to grovel for forgiveness," a TV insider told the MailOnline at the time.

"They warned if she refused to back down her place on the show could be in doubt and as the latest arrivals have shown, there's always a new contestant waiting in the wings."

Love Island have introduced a strict welfare procedure over recent series, to protect the islander's physical and mental health.

The former flight attendant revealed the lengthy welfare checks show bosses carry out off-camera (REX)

Amy Hart was so heartbroken when Curtis Pritchard dumped her in the villa back in 2019 that concerned ITV welfare officers would climb into bed with her to comfort her when she was at her lowest point.

"I lost a stone in my first six months in BA and when Curtis finished with me I wasn’t hungry and wanted to control my [diet] again but ITV stepped in and made me eat as the psyche was watching me all the time," Amy recalled to Heat magazine.


"The welfare girl came in every single lunchtime apart from one day a week to check how much water we were having, how much we’d eaten and how we were."

The mum-to-be added: "And when it all went tits up for me and I was lying in bed crying at lunchtime, she would get into bed with me and just stroke my head and talk to me and now I speak to her on the phone twice a week to check how I am."

* Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX

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