Laura Whitmore: Love Islanders stink of 'fake-tan, make-up and BO'

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Laura Whitmore has said the Love Island villa smells because 'about 40 or 50 islanders go through it throughout the whole summer' (ITV)
Whitmore compared the scent to that of teenage-favourite Lynx Africa deodorant. (ITV)

Despite being a luxury mansion with an infinity pool and panoramic views of the stunning Mallorcan landscape, the Love Island villa 'stinks'.

According to the ITV2 show's host Laura Whitmore, the famous property reeks of body odour due to its army of care-free young inhabitants who leave it in a state as they course through it all summer.

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"It smells so bad," the 37-year-old said on Alan Carr's Life's a Beach podcast after being asked if the villa was "grotty".

"If you think about it, that amount of people — like about 40 or 50 islanders go through it throughout the whole summer — it starts off at about 10 or 12 or whatever and then more keep going in...

Whitmore reveals the 'twists and turns' to the original girls in the current series of Love Island  (ITV)
Laura Whitmore reveals the 'twists and turns' to the original girls in the current series of Love Island. (ITV)

"And they're like 18-year-olds - the carpet, the fake tan, the makeup, the BO – it stinks!"

The Irish presenter compared the scent to that of Lynx Africa deodorant – a favourite among teenage boys – "when they try to cover the BO – that's what it smells like."

Unpleasant smells aside, Whitmore said she still loves the show as it "feels like it's summer".

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The mother-of-one also told Carr that while the islanders are conscious of the cameras when they first enter the villa that soon disappears.

"The next time I go in - how quick they forget," she told him, before adding that she loves that they also forget they're being watched during the "duvet moments".

Former England footballer Michael Owen's daughter Gemma, 19, has become a favourite with Love Island viewers (ITV)
Former England footballer Michael Owen's daughter Gemma, 19, has become a favourite with Love Island viewers (ITV)

Whitmore has fronted the series since January 2020 following the death of Caroline Flack.

Love Island is currently on its eighth series and still packing in the viewers with its sun-soaked drama.

This year it features contestants such as footballer Michael Owen's daughter Gemma.

The 19-year-old, who is currently partnered up in the villa with fishmonger Luca Bish, 23, is the first contestant to be surprised with an ex entering the villa.

Her former boyfriend, rugby player Jacques O’Neill, entered the villa on Sunday, shocking the teenager and her fellow contestants.

‘Love Island’ airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

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