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Love Island denies Jacques O'Neill was removed from show for Tasha bullying claims
Love Island contestant Jacques O'Neill was forced to leave the villa by producers for alleged misogynistic behaviour and impersonating deaf contestant Tasha Ghouri.Claims began to circulate on social media regarding the way in which Jacques removed himself from the villa prematurely as he was "struggling" with his mental health while the programme was on air in July.But since the show came to end – which saw Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti crowned as this year's winners – someone who claimed to have met someone who works on Love Island said that Jacques was "removed" from the show - a decision he allegedly wasn't happy with.READ MORE: Love Island's Faye Winter warns there's 'no way to prepare' for aftermath of ITV2 showDaily Star contacted ITV regarding the rumour however they have denied the claims are true, saying the statement released at the time of Jacques' exit was the truth.Jacques made an unexpected exit from the reality show after he lost his temper at returning bombshell Adam Collard who appeared to have an interest in his partner Paige Thorne.Speaking about his decision to depart the show last month, Jacques, 23, told The Sun: "I thought if I don’t get myself out things could go horribly wrong and I could get physical."At home you can remove yourself from situations, but in there you had to deal with every situation, and in that moment I took my microphone off, and walked straight through the front doors because I just wanted to get out of that place."Producers tried coming to me, they were like, ‘Jacques, are you OK? I was saying, 'I don’t want to speak to you or anyone.
Twitter accused of allowing Elliot Page’s deadname to trend despite policy against hateful conduct
Jordan Peterson had his Twitter account suspended for tweeting that Elliot ‘had his breasts removed by a criminal physician.’On June 28, the controversial author, clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto was booted off the site after also deadnaming the star, writing the tweet on the same day that actor’s hit Netflix show Umbrella Academy released its third season.The psychologist’s post was in response to an article posted to Twitter by the New York Post in which Elliot, who has starred in some huge projects throughout the course of his career, including Juno and Inception, said he is proud to introduce a trans character to the hit show.But whilst Peterson has lost his Twitter access and has been condemned by many for his comments about the 25-year-old, he refused to delete the tweet.Declan Donnelly 'beyond devastated' following death of brother Father Dermott aged 55Gabriel Jesus scores after 85 seconds with two goals on his Arsenal debutShark measuring '12ft' long spotted just off UK coastHe told National Post that he ‘penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front.But, Elliot is continuing with his life and enjoying plenty of affirming victories, for the first time since transitioning, and fans were thrilled for him.Twitter has been contacted for comment.Got a story?If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the entertainment team by emailing us, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
Love Island 'can' represent LGBTQ+ community, says Islander's ex-boyfriend
READ MORE: Ex Love Island star believes 'dry' Gemma Owen is using show to further careerLast year, Love Island bosses claimed to have gay contestants presented a "logistical difficulty" – something which Alex claims has been broken.The 27-year-old who previously dated Samira Mighty has spoken exclusively to the Daily Star on his thoughts.He said: "I can't really speak for all the other shows because obviously the big one that has made its brand, doing what it's doing and has been successful doing that."I can't really comment and say that it needs to change because that's just the brand that it is."I think Amazon Prime Video's Lovestruck High has really shown that it can be done and if companies really wanted to, they could do that."It's not me to say that they should and you know, call certain ones out for not doing it but it's been proven it can be done."The accountant continued: "We're not the only ones that have done it as well, there's another show earlier this year that had people with more representation from the LGBTQ+ community involved."Hopefully, it's the start of something that's more progressive for that environment moving forward."Discussing ex-Islander Zara McDermott's BBC Three show, Love In The Flesh, Alex added: "I've got a friend that was on Zara's one, so I know they had representation in that."ITV's commissioner Amanda Stavri previously told RadioTimes: "In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island.
Love Island’s Megan Barton Hanson reiterates desire for ‘fully’ LGBTQ+ series: ‘We need to speed this s**t up’
Megan Barton Hanson is urging producers to launch an LGBTQ+ version of Love Island.The reality star – who came out publicly as bisexual after her split from Wes Nelson and before heading on Celebs Go Dating – has been vocal about the need for better representation on dating shows.Since splitting from Wes, Megan has been seen in two public female relationships, including Demi Sims and Chelcee Grimes. In April 2021, the glamour model said she would ‘definitely’ return to the hit ITV2 dating show ‘if there’s a gay season.’And Megan is making her desire known once again.‘We definitely need a fully LGBTQ+ Love Island cast one day… We need to speed this s**t up,’ she told Bustle.‘I got a lot of backlash on the show because I was a sexual woman. So, at the time, the last thing I would’ve felt comfortable doing was reveal that I like dating women as well. ‘I was afraid of being judged further,’ she added.In the past, it’s been speculated that producers had begun accepting applications from LGBT contestants. ITV commissioner Amada Stavri previously addressed: ‘In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. ‘There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100% straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up,’ she added to‘With our dating shows, such as The Cabins, there is much more sexual diversity.
A message for the Love Island boys: Women who kiss women are not your porn
Love Island bosses branded LGBTQ+ people a ‘logistical difficulty’, suggesting a series with queer couples would not be possible. Sadly, watching the contestants this year isn’t giving me much hope that overall attitudes towards lesbian relationships are changing,either. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems that the boys in the villa in this series are also incapable of wrapping their heads around female-female relationships.During the first episode on Monday, when the islanders were playing a game and getting to know each other, Amber was asked to deliver a chat-up line to the girl she fancied the most, before a visibly shocked Luca quickly told her she ‘can’t do that.’Of course, she could, and the realisation seemed to hit him like a tonne of bricks when it registered that she didn’t only have to be attracted to him.It didn’t stop there as, in the following episode, Paige revealed that she had kissed 10 girls in one night – good for her!However, once alone, the boys couldn’t wait to gossip in disbelief that, not only might she have had more action than them on a night out, but that it wasn’t with a man.The most soul-shattering comment though, came when Luca said Paige should ‘send the pictures’.Women-loving-women are not your porn – women can kiss and fancy other women without seeking gratification from straight menI would like to say two things to this year’s boys. Firstly, bisexuality exists and you don’t need to be involved somehow.
Love Island's Brett claims he suffered homophobic abuse after leaving ITV show
Love Island back last year. The fashion model may have only lasted for several episodes on the hit ITV2 dating show but he says his life dramatically changed upon his return back to the United Kingdom.After being scouted through Instagram DMs, Brett was successful in becoming a bombshell after discovering he was heading to the villa just two days before his journey to Majorca.Now, Brett claims that the edit for the final programme left him feeling redfaced after potential suiter Priya Gopaldas admitted she wasn't into him.Speaking about his experience, the brainiac who holds a PhD in Applied Biological and Exercise Science says he faced a barrage of abuse after his exit.He told The Sun that he received a substantial amount of abuse that made it "challenging to go out in public"."There were a few bad situations at parties I went to and a lot of homophobic abuse against me," he went on to tell the publication.Brett added: "They say don't read or engage with the negative stuff online, but it's really hard to escape when it's on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and everywhere else."Nothing prepares you for someone coming up to your face and calling you a c**t or a f****t, it's really challenging, but now things got better."Brett has previously addressed the abuse he faced and speculation surrounding his sexuality, telling his Instagram followers: "Calling me gay will never offend me."It does not affect me one bit.
Pride of Manchester Awards 2022 – who's hosting, when is it, and where can I watch it?
MEN's Pride of Manchester Awards will be taking place tonight (May 10), with the event honouring the region's unsung heroes and those who have done incredible things.Hosted by Coronation Street's Kym Marsh, the ceremony will be presented on Tuesday, May 10 at The Kimpton ClockTower Hotel in Manchester – but it won't premiere on YouTube until May 17.With the red carpet set to be brimming with celebrities donning their glitziest ensembles, there will be a whole host of stars in attendance.The likes of Spice Girls legend Mel B will be there, as well as radio star Fleur East, and TV presenter Vernon Kay.Love Island stars Paige Turley and Finn Tapp will be their too, alongside co-stars from a different series Faye Winter and Teddy Soares.Loose Women's Denise Welch will be there too, alongside Cold Feet actor John Thomson, and Corrie stars Lucy Fallon, Katie McGlynn and Anthony Cotton.Olympian Becky Adlington OBE and Dame Sarah Storey will also be there, as well as Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.The celebrities will witness a slew of awe-inspiring people take home coveted gongs for the incredible and brave acts that they have carried out.Winners include a Manchester medic who has led the UK’s response to humanitarian disasters for more than 30 years.An activist and campaigner also picks up an award for devoting their life to protecting young people from violent crime.One nine-year-old who has battled through more than three years of chemotherapy will get recognised for their bravery.Two more taking home gongs are a woman who has helped thousands of women escape domestic abuse and a firefighter who lost their daughter to suicide.In previous years winners from the Pride of Manchester go on to be recognised on the national stage
Love Island ‘accepting applications from non-binary contestants’ in push for diverse 2022 cast
Love Island 2022 could wind up with the most diverse cast yet amid reports that non-binary applications are being accepted. The ITV2 dating series, which aired its most recent season last summer with Millie Court and Liam Reardon winning the £50,000 prize money, has long received criticism over its lack of LGBTQ+ representation. However, TV insiders claim bosses are hoping to make a change this year and are encouraging those who do not identify as either male or female to apply. A source told The Sun: ‘Producers are under more pressure than ever to make this series as woke as possible after it has previously come under criticism for its lack of diversity.‘The move could make the basic rules of the show complicated, as each coupling ceremony separates boys and girls, but they are keen to have a non-binary contestant this year. It’s all about inclusivity and breaking down boundaries.’ In response to the claims, a Love Island spokesperson told ‘The only stipulations are that applicants are over 18, single and looking for love.’ Last year, an ITV boss addressed the ongoing diversity issue and said that including gay islanders could present ‘logistical difficulties’. Speaking to in June, Amada Stavri said: ‘In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. ‘There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100% straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up.‘With our dating shows, such as The Cabins, there is much more sexual diversity.