Love Island will have its first disabled star after approaching influencers with disabilities
LOVE Island is set to have its first disabled star after approaching a number of influencers with disabilities.
The casting team are now actively contacting potential participants who have a visible disability for the ITV2 dating contest.
They include influencer and para-athlete Milly Pickles, 26, who had to have her leg amputated after she was electrocuted.
A source said: “Casting are actively approaching for someone who visibly has a disability.
”It’s all part of the show trying to be as diverse as possible.
“The final line-up hasn’t been sorted yet but it would be ideal if they had at least one disabled islander.”
Love Island previously featured Niall Aslam, 25, who revealed his autism diagnosis after leaving the villa prematurely in 2018.
He later told how he quit because of psychosis and hallucinations and ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
ITV has faced criticism for a lack of diversity in its line-up, in particular with race and body shape.
In 2019, creative director of ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles defended the show.
He said: “I think we try to be as representative and diverse as possible.
“It has to come back first and foremost – it’s an entertainment show and it’s about people wanting to watch people we’ve got on screen and then reacting and falling in love with one another.
“Yes we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another.”
Richard added: “We’re saying here’s a group of people that we want to watch for eight weeks, and we want to watch them fall in love.
“That’s not at the front of our mind, but we do want to be as diverse as possible.”
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