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Lost love: Maura Higgins on last year’s ‘Love Island’ – the show will not take place this summer. Photo: ITV

Lost love: Maura Higgins on last year’s ‘Love Island’ – the show will not take place this summer. Photo: ITV

Lost love: Maura Higgins on last year’s ‘Love Island’ – the show will not take place this summer. Photo: ITV

The new series of 'Love Island' has been postponed until next year because of coronavirus.

The summer series of the ITV2 dating show, which would have seen young, single people couple up in a villa in Majorca, usually airs in June.

Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said: "We have tried every which way to make 'Love Island' this summer, but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the well-being of everyone involved - and that for us is the priority.

"In normal circumstances, we would be preparing soon to travel out to the location in Majorca to get the villa ready, but clearly that's now out of the question.

"We are very sorry for fans of the show, but making it safely is our prime concern and 'Love Island' will be back stronger than ever in 2021."

Laura Whitmore, who hosted the winter series of Love Island, tweeted: "Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.

"Great news is that there have been more applications than any other series! Next year is going to be big. Stay safe."

Last year's summer series was won by Amber Gill and Limerick man Greg O'Shea, who are no longer dating. Contestant Maura Higgins from Co Longford also became a household name.

Irish Independent