George Love Island 2023

Enough is enough, George Fensom should never have been allowed in the Love Island villa

Get him off my screen right now

Love Island returned to screens last night after releasing assurance to viewers that all contestants had completed video training covering a range of topics including: mutually respectful behaviour in relationships, behaviour patterns associated with controlling and coercive behaviour and language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity. Some, it’s quickly emerged, seemingly needed this training more than others.

After statements of concern from domestic violence charities being issued for multiple previous seasons of Love Island, the recruitment process for contestants is presented as rigorous and careful. Yet, before the first episode of the tenth season even aired last night, 24-year-old George Fensom had been accused of exhibiting controlling behaviour by two separate women, allegations his family have denied.

George Fensom Love Island

Ahead of the series starting, Women’s Aid told press: “Considering the amount of concern about controlling behaviour that viewers have raised during previous series of Love Island, at Women’s Aid we hope that the producers will be taking these allegations seriously, and looking into them as part of their due diligence before the new series begins. We know only too well that abusers can be charming and convincing in public and are able to manipulate others into disbelieving allegations.”

ITV refused to comment on whether any such investigation has been launched into George’s behaviour when questioned by The Tab.

On top of allegations of controlling behaviour, homophobic Tweets were found on George’s account before the first episode of Love Island aired yesterday. In the posts, from a username which has since been deleted, George said the f-slur, and referred to things using “gay” as a negative adjective. The tweets are from 2014, when George would have been 15-years-old.

“I honestly just feel absolutely sick about those tweets,” he told The Sun in a statement. “They are not who I am today, they couldn’t be any further from the man I am today and you quite frankly, if I could turn back time I wouldn’t even have put those. To be honest with you, it’s me being really naive at that age. I made the account back in 2011, so it’s just stupidity on my behalf and doesn’t reflect on who I am today at all.”

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