Love Island: Is THIS why Sherif Lanre was booted from the villa?

Love Island: Is THIS why Sherif Lanre was booted from the villa? Viral text exchange suggests chef and co-star Anton ‘had to be pulled apart by security’… but producers insist messages are FAKE

  • It is not known what rules Sherif, 20, has broken but he has mutually agreed to leave the ITV2 programme 
  • The chef has said he plans to ‘learn’ from his behaviour as he issued an immediate apology
  • A Love Island source told MailOnline: ‘Sherif’s departure will be addressed on Love Island (Wednesday’s episode), but the reasons why will not be’ 
  • His family took to Instagram soon afterwards to write that they were proud of him but did not disclose any further information 
  • Sherif is the second Islander to leave the show since it began nine days ago
  • Aircraft engineer Callum left the show after five days after he failed to couple up 
  • Sherif was partnered with Anna Vakili, 28, up until he left the show, with the pair sharing their first kiss on Sunday
  • Back in 2016, Malia Arkian was kicked off the show just hours after her arrival after a fight turned physical

He admits he ‘didn’t conduct himself in the right way’ following his abrupt, unexpected and premature departure from the Love Island villa on Tuesday. 

But while the precise reason for Sherif Lanre’s removal from the Spanish hideaway has not been disclosed, a recently posted text exchange suggests it was prompted by an escalating row with co-star Anton Danyluk, although producers insist the messages are fake. 

Shared by a Twitter user on an unverified account, a screenshot – purportedly of a short text conversation between Sherif and a friend – contends that tempers reached boiling point as they argued over London based pharmacist Anna Vakili, with whom Sherif was coupled. 

Exchange: A text conversation posted on Twitter suggests Sherif Lanre was removed fromm Love Island after escalating row with co-star Anton Danyluk over Anna Vakili

In a response to what asked what happened cause his exit, he wrote: ‘Anton happened. Purposely moving onto Anna while I’m right next to him trying to touch her leg. 

‘Asked him for a chat in private because I wanted to confront him and it got heated and security had to split us up, heartbroken but s**t happens man.’  

There is no suggestion that Sherif was responding in person, and and ITV spokesman has since rubbished the viral texts, telling MailOnline: ‘We have checked and these messages have not come from Sherif.’ 

However producers did admit he was kicked off the show for breaking strict rules, just nine days after the ITV2 programme began.

The chef and part-time rugby player has since admitted he was to blame for his early departure, revealing in a statement to MailOnline: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa. 

All over: Love Island ‘s Sherif has broken his silence on his shock Love Island departure, with an apology, admitting he ‘didn’t conduct himself in the right way’

She won’t be happy: Anna Vakili, 28, had been coupled up with Sherif up until his departure but it’s unclear which rules he has broken

‘I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20-year-old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from. 

‘I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.’ 

It’s unknown which rules Sherif broke specifically, but a spokesperson for the programme confirmed his departure to MailOnline on Tuesday.   

The spokesperson said: ‘After breaking the villa rules, Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.’

A Love Island spokesperson has declined to specify to MailOnline which rules Sherif broke.

The chef has said: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa’

No word: The reasons for his departure have not been disclosed by Love Island spokespersons and while his departure from his show will be addressed, the reasons will not 

Close: Sherif and Anna had been getting on well and had shared their first kiss together on Sunday, much to the delight of viewers 


There is no suggestion that Sherif broke any of the following…

1. No smoking inside the house, pool or garden

2. No nudity 

3. No masturbating

4. No unsafe sex (condoms must be worn) 

5. Contestants who have sex must see a therapist afterwards

6. Each star must be in possession of the complete rule book

But a source told MailOnline: ‘Sherif’s departure will be addressed on the show, (thought to be Wednesday’s episode), but the reasons behind it will not be.’ 

There is nothing to suggest Sherif broke any of the following rules, but according to The Mirror, the top ones include no smoking inside the house, pool and garden.  

No nudity in front of fellow contestants (even in the shower), no masturbating and no drunken or unsafe sex (condoms must be worn). 

The site adds: ‘Contestants who have sex must see a therapist afterwards (who can provide emergency contraception.

‘And each star must be in possession of the complete rule book (and refer to it where necessary).’ 

Mysterious: Sherif’s family took to Instagram soon after the announcement to write that they were proud of him, but admitted they didn’t know why he had left yet

No doubt Sherif’s departure is a huge blow to pharmacist Anna Vakili, 28, who has been coupled up with the star after the show started a week last Monday. 

He didn’t get off to a great start on the show when no-one stepped forward to couple up with him on the first night. 

He initially chose to couple up with Amber-Rose Gill, 21, but she chose to be with Callum McLeod, 28, and Sherif ended up with Anna.

Sherif is the second Islander to be kicked off the show since it started this year.

Breaking news: Within minutes of the announcement, Love Island viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their shock over his departure 

Soon after the announcement, Sherif’s family, who are currently looking after his Instagram account, wrote that they were ‘proud’ of him but did not disclose any further information. 

Aircraft engineer Callum left the villa after five days after his partner Amber-Rose dumped him in favour of Anton Danyluk, 24.

Within minutes of the news about Sherif breaking, fans of the show took to Twitter in their droves to express their shock over his departure. 

They wrote: ‘Sherif you’ve been a naughty boy #loveisland.’

‘Sherif has been booted out of the villa WHATTTTT.’

‘Sherif has been booted out of Love Island for breaking a rule that producers aren’t willing to disclose.

‘Presumably the rule was against saying “it is what it is” approximately eight trillion times per day.

‘Apparently Sherif’s been kicked out the bull and I swear to god if Anton and Anna become a thing I’ll be fuming, cba w that guy

‘#LoveIsland… Sherif has been booted out of the villa WHATTTTT… Unlucky Sherif mate x… 

What’s going on? Before long, more viewers shared memes speculating as to what could have happened 

‘Sherif has left this villa so does this mean we can get callum back in PLEASE #lovelsland… I wonder what Sherif did to get kicked off Love Island? #LoveIsland.’  

Sherif’s departure is the second time a contestant has been ejected from the villa for poor behaviour – singer Malia Arkian was kicked out just hours after her arrival in 2016.

In the second series of the show, Malia became embroiled in a row with Kady McDermott over a glass of wine and Kady’s love interest Scott Thomas, with the fight turning physical.

Eager to know: The posts came thick and fast as the nation wondered what had happened 

Just hours before Sherif’s scandalous departure, Kady took to Twitter to claim that Malia had punched her and caused a nosebleed during their argument in scenes she claims were censored by producers due to their graphic nature.

Malia furiously refuted the claims and branded Kady ‘a pathological liar’ in their ongoing spat which has raged on for three years. 

ITV revealed back in May that the Love Island cast will have psychological help for 14 months after the show ends as they update their duty of care processes after the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon. 

Producers now offer extensive care before, during and after the reality show, including increased therapy, social media training and even financial management. 

The first to go: Aircraft engineer Callum Macleod, 28, left the villa after five days after his partner Amber-Rose Gill, 21, dumped him in favour of Anton Danyluk, 24

Love Island have vowed they will work with GPs and psychological consultants to ensure hopeful contestants’ mental health are strong enough to take part. 

A Love Island spokesperson said at the time: ‘The medical team also contacts each Islander’s GP to check they feel that person is able to take part.’ 

During filming, there is also a medical team who can be talked with at any time, and who monitor contestants to ensure they do not develop problems inside the villa.

When it comes to aftercare, Love Island ensure they give contestants a debrief on location with a psychological consultant.

Love Island: ITV has revealed key changes to their duty of care processes including enhanced psychological support and social media and financial training following reality star deaths (pictured Mike Thalassitis who passed away in March)

Tragic: Sophie Gradon, (pictured) who appeared in the 2016 show took her own life in June last year – Mike, who appeared on the 2017 show found dead in woodlands in March 

Islanders are also given advice on adjusting to fame, and meet with a press team who go over any media coverage they had while on the show.

Producers also make sure each contestant has access to any other aftercare support if they need it, according to the publication.

Following the death of Sophie Gradon, who hanged herself at her family home last year, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, who also committed suicide, Love Island contacted experienced physician and Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield.

He independently reviewed the medical procedure the ITV show had in place to offer regular therapy to all contestants and not just the ones who reached out.

Now Islanders will be given social media training and financial management to help adjust to fame.

The spokesperson told the publication: ‘The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.’


Strictly speaking: Curtis is AJ Pritchard’s kid brother

Name: Curtis Pritchard

Age: 23

Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro

Location: Shropshire

Claim To Fame: Curtis is a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland, and is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard

Thoughts On Dating: ‘I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five. I’ve never used a dating app. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake,’ he says

Ever Cheated? ‘I have cheated before. I will always be loyal from now on’

Exotic: Anna boasts a Middle-Eastern heritage

Name: Anna Vakili

Age: 28

Occupation: Pharmacist

Location: London

Claim To Fame: ‘I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!’ she recalls

Marks Out Of 10? ‘I would rate myself an eight. My best feature is my eyes, I get compliments on my eyes a lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve had a compliment on my eyes’

She blinded me with science: Yewande has been unlucky in love

Name: Yewande Biala

Age: 23

Occupation: Scientist

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Thoughts On Love: Yewande says: ‘I don’t think there is a science to finding love and if there is then I have clearly been reading the wrong books’

Celebrity Crush: Anthony Joshua

In It To Win It? ‘I am a terrible flirt but I’m such a girly girl and I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there. I don’t think I’d be that type but never say never,’ she says

Too fast, too fury-ous: Tommy’s a boxer… like his brother

Name: Tommy Fury

Age: 20

Occupation: Boxer

Location: Manchester

Looking For? ‘Blonde hair, blue eyes, good tan, gym girl… Ariana Grande. That girl is fire!’

Claim To Fame: ‘It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve,’ Tommy says

Hot stuff: Fireman Michael wants to be ‘someone’s personal hero’

Name: Michael Griffiths

Age: 27

Occupation: Firefighter

Location: Liverpool

Marks Out Of Ten? ‘I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up,’ is Michael’s modest answer

Ever Cheated? ‘Once. It was a revenge cheat’

Up and away: Welsh Callum works in aviation

Name: Callum Macleod

Age: 28

Occupation: Aircraft Engineer

Location: South Wales

Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I went to the cinema with a girl and she sat on a piece of chocolate that melted onto her leather trousers,’ Callum recalls. ‘She shot off to the toilet to clean them and didn’t come back for ages. I watched the majority of the film on my own. I later found her fretting in the toilets because she couldn’t get her trousers back on’

Cocky? Amber rates herself 10/10 

Name: Amber Gill

Age: 21

Occupation: Beauty Therapist

Location: Newcastle

Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I was speaking to this guy and he lived in Manchester and I got the train down to see him,’ Amber recounts. ‘I was nervous because he was really good looking and a bit older than me. I had five Cosmopolitans in a can and I drank them on the train. When the train got to Manchester I got up and I was drunk! He was waiting for me at the train station and when I got off I fell through the gap between the train and platform. What an icebreaker though!’

Got talent? Amy has a crush on David Walliams and Simon Cowell 

Name: Amy Hart

Age: 26

Occupation: Cabin Crew

Location: Worthing, Sussex

Celebrity Crushes: Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Simon Cowell. ‘You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them,’ Amy says

Claim To Fame: Amy once met Liam Payne and had a photo with him. When she posted it online she was bombarded with hate mail from One Directioners, who thought she was his new squeeze

Food of love: Sherif is a dab-hand in the kitchen

Name: Sherif Lanre

Age: 20

Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player

Location: London

Worst traits: ‘Number one would be that I’m pretty outrageous, that can also translate to the bad side,’ Sherif says. ‘On top of that, I laugh at everything which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously. My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly’

Fitness first: Anton wants a girl who likes working out 

Name: Anton Danyluk

Age: 24

Occupation: Gym Owner

Location: Airdrie, Scotland

Worst Date: ‘I bought myself a Porsche when I was 21, as you do! I picked a girl up in that and she started taking pictures when she was in the car and sending it to her friends. It shouldn’t matter what I was driving whether that be a Corsa or a Porsche so I finished the date right there’

Clumsy: Jack says he’s a total klutz

Name: Joe Garratt

Age: 22

Occupation: Catering Company Owner

Location: London

Marks Out Of 10? ‘Today, I reckon about an 8.5! In the mornings I’m probably like a low 8. I consistently stay around the 8s to 9s in my opinion. Maybe some days I go past the 9, when it’s a really good day…. a suit day. My best feature is my chat. I’m cheeky and a bit of a charmer. Looks wise, I’d say my best features are my teeth or curly hair’

Name: Lucie Donlan

Age: 21

Occupation: Surfer

Location: Newquay

Famous exes? ‘The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa. I’ve spoken to Joey Essex on and off because I love his personality, it’s so funny.  Lookswise I like Jay Alvarrez. He surfs, skydives and he’s got amazing hair. I would marry him!’

Footballer’s ex: Molly-Mae Hague is looking for true love 

Name: Molly-Mae Hague

Age: 20

Occupation: Social Media Influencer, ex-girlfriend of Leicester City’s James Maddison

Location: Hertfordshire 

Dating History:  ‘ All the dates I’ve been on have been guys from Instagram. A few footballers have slid into my DMs. I’ve dated footballers, it’s all just superficial and on the surface. And then you get to know them and they’re just a bang average “Jack the Lad”.’


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