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Far from the model bodies on Love Island triggering my insecurities, I find they motivate me to up my own game

Ciara Kelly


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"As I sat on a spin bike while catching up Love Island earlier today, it dawned on me that every year when it’s on, I up my game from an exercise point of view." Photo: ITV

"As I sat on a spin bike while catching up Love Island earlier today, it dawned on me that every year when it’s on, I up my game from an exercise point of view." Photo: ITV

"As I sat on a spin bike while catching up Love Island earlier today, it dawned on me that every year when it’s on, I up my game from an exercise point of view." Photo: ITV

If the names Davide, Luca, Dami, Gemma or Ekin-Su mean anything to you, then you, like me, are watching Love Island. I like Love Island — almost despite myself. It gives me summer vibes, it’s total escapism, it makes me think about future holidays, but more than that — and I’m fully aware how many people disparage it as pure rubbish — I find the relationships fascinating.

All of the relationships — not just the couples but the bromances, the girl pals and the platonic stuff, too. The loyalties, alliances and allegiances. The cynicism, the trust or lack thereof. The betrayals, rejection and hurt. The jockeying for position. It’s human nature in all its messy glory, laid bare for all to see.


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