Some islanders have been dumped and some have found “true” love. But now that all is said and done and the winners of Love Island have been crowned, (Amber Gill and Greg O’shea for those of you who didn’t watch) can we talk about the real issue this season.
The guys sucked.
And that is a completely unbiased opinion. If anyone ever needed a lesson in Gaslighting 101, this season definitely could have been it.
The beginning of the season
In the beginning, all of the men were on their best behavior as they figured out who they would set their sights on for the season.
Possibly the first issue was when Joe Garratt and Lucie Donlan began to form a relationship. All was well until Donlan became friends with Tommy Fury.
Garratt was continually annoyed by the friendship and cautioned Donlan not to spend so much time with Fury.
The behavior got so much attention that Women’s Aid even commented on it.
“Controlling behaviour is never acceptable, and with Love Island viewers complaining to Ofcom in record numbers about Joe’s possessive behaviour towards Lucie, more people are becoming aware of this and want to challenge it,” co-chief executive of the charity, Adina Claire said.
Cracks start to show
Next up was Danny Williams. For his first few weeks in the villa, Williams acted like he was in love with Yewande Biala. He told her that his head would never be turned.
But, the moment model Arabella Chi walked in the villa, he suddenly started making claims about not knowing if his relationship with Biala was right. When Biala approached him about his indecisiveness, he made it seem like his focus was still on her and not Chi before ultimately sending Biala home.
But the real gaslighting started when the girls were sent off to Casa Amor. While gone, Michael Griffiths, who had been hopelessly in love with Gill, decided to move on with Joanna Chimonides.
Switching partners wasn’t Griffiths biggest faux pas, that’s par for the course on Love Island. What people had a problem with was the way that Griffiths acted once he came back. He constantly blamed Gill for his actions.
It got so bad that Women’s Aide had to comment again.
“Women’s Aid is becoming increasingly concerned about what appear to be unhealthy fledgling relationships being used as entertainment in Love Island,” Clair said in a statement to The Sun.
“Most recently, the programme has shown Amber repeatedly reduced to tears and appearing to have her emotions manipulated.”
Tied in second place for the most villainous man on the show was Jordan Hames who asked Anna Vakili to be his girlfriend only to try to talk to another girl right in front of her face days later.
The worst guy
But the worst guy in all of the villa was the one that no one expected. Curtis Pritchard. For most of the season, he portrayed himself as a great, caring, and wise guy. But the moment he was away from his partner, Amy Hart, he tried to get with another girl.
Later, he advised Hames to tell India Reynolds that he had feelings for her without talking to his girlfriend, Vakili, first.
The ladies of Love Island sure went through the ringer this summer. Hopefully, next year casting will pick a better crop of men.