Love Island stars 'vetted for criminal records' to avoid 'sex offenders' slipping through the net

This year’s crop of Love Island stars has been vetted for criminal records – to avoid sex offenders slipping through the net.

And researchers have spent hours poring over their social media pages looking for any red flags or bad behaviour.

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They’ve been looking for any examples of racist, sexist, homophobic or bullying Tweets that could blow up in producers’ faces.

All wannabees picked for the ITV show have been the subject checks by the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service – just like teachers must undergo before getting classroom jobs.

ITV chiefs wanted to weed out any would-be Love Islanders with a serious rap sheet.

A telly insider said: “The makers carried out suitable background checks on everyone who was shortlisted in the selection process.

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“This included Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS checks) and online checks of social media to make sure a potential contestant wasn’t a rabid racist or bigot.

“It wasn’t going to be an issue if someone had a conviction for shoplifting but the last thing the show needs is a convicted sex offender popping up in the villa.”

It comes as ex Love Island winner Kem Cetinay said he shouldn't have had "so much sex" in the villa.

The star won the third series of the ITV show, alongside his then-girlfriend Amber Davies.

In an interview with The Sun’s TV Mag, Kem, 25, revealed that if there was one thing he would do differently if he had his time in the villa again, it would be to have less sex.

Kem explained: "Now I’ve got a business and I’ve got staff, and if new recruits search for me, some of the first articles that come up will be about me having sex on TV.

"But you’ve got to remember, I was 21! I wasn’t who I am now. So I don’t feel embarrassed about it because it is what it is, it happened."

The TV star continued: "Maybe I shouldn’t have had as much sex as I did – maybe once or twice would have been enough. Not as regular! But I loved the whole experience."

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