Love Island 2023 star Lana Jenkins on new social media rules

A brand new group of islanders will arrive at the Love Island mansion on Monday January 16th as Season 9 begins with new host Maya Jama.

But things will be a little different this year as the show introduces new Love Island social media rules, resulting in islanders pausing from posting content to their accounts rather than having a family member or friend monitoring their pages, while they’re gone.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other members of the press, makeup artist and Love Island 2023 contestant Lana Jenkins revealed what she thinks of the new protocol – and it’s a “yes” from her.

“I guess that’s not bad at all,” she said. “I think it’s nice that you have time away from Instagram and that your friends and family aren’t under the pressure either.”

She continued: “I think it’s a lot to do when you see your friend or daughter on TV and you need to keep an account. I would just prefer that they just chill and watch it and just move on, and then as soon as I’m out I’ll be back on Instagram so it’ll be fine.”

While Lana is looking forward to the social media break, the 25-year-old will miss being around her family and friends, especially her mum.

When asked if she would like to take anything to the villa, she joked: “My mum maybe. Just like on the sidelines, but not really. Only there when I need them.

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“Me and my mom are so close. We’re like best friends and mom and daughter and I talk to her every day so I think one of the things that’s going to be important to me is not talking to my mom every day. I just wish she could be at the beach house just so I could have a little cuddle every now and then.

ITV confirmed the new social media strategy in December, explaining that contestants are asked to “pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show” in order “to protect both the islanders and… to protect their families from the adverse effects of social media”.

Love Island will return to ITV2 and ITVX on Monday 16 January 2023 at 9pm. Previous seasons of Love Island are now available on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here.

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