Do Love Island stars eat in the villa? Why we never see meal times on the show

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We're a few weeks into the seventh season of Love Island, and fans are already heavily invested in every element of the contestants' lives, both in and out the villa.

Whilst we can see pretty much everything the sexy singletons get up to in the Majorcan haven, there are a lot of things which don't make it to the show, as I'm sure you can imagine, the editing process is rigorous.

Love Island: Unseen Bits was introduced as the Saturday supplement show, giving fans a chance to giggle over some hilarious unseen moments which didn't make it to air, but there's still something quite significant we've never once seen the islanders do.

In the morning we see them all wake up and make their morning coffees all bleary-eyed, but we've never actually seen them cooking a proper meal or sitting down for a big family dinner.

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"Why doesn’t Love Island show them eating? do they even have a dinner table?" tweeted one confused fan earlier this month.

Another added: "Can't just be me who wants to see what the islanders have for dinner. Like whats on the menu tonight, spag bol?? #LoveIsland"

So what actually happens during these mysterious mealtimes? Do they even exist?

Of course they do! Just because we can't see the islanders eating dinner, it doesn't mean they only eat cornflakes and that be that; they'd probably be a bit hungry after eight weeks!

Producers and former contestants have revealed year after year what exactly happens behind the scenes, with bosses eager to ensure no arguing over food, shopping lists or cooking happened, as it'd be too similar to Big Brother.

Instead, the very lucky islanders have their meals cooked for them and pretty much have anything they would like at their fingertips.

Every morning it is up to the Islanders to make their own breakfast and lunch, with the villa kitchen constantly being restocked with snacks and drinks so that contestants are never left hungry.

Basic items such as tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, cereal, bacon, sausages and eggs are stored in the kitchen for them to use when they like, and they can give producers their own lists of preferred snacks which will be collected on their behalf.

For dinner time, things are ramped up a notch, with caterers setting up inside the villa and chefs being on demand for not only the islanders, but all of the crew members.

Amber Davies, 24, who won Love Island with ex-boyfriend Kem Cetinay in 2017 told The Sun: "You get to eat a selection of food and it’s lovely food.

"You do get to choose what to eat, and it all comes in separate containers."

Her close friend and 2017 co-star Olivia Attwood, 30, who came third in the same season, added that they typically sit down to eat their dinner with the production team, in an interview with The Sun.

However, they are encouraged to keep all conversation to a minimum, as not to miss any juicy moments or conversations which are best saved for on-screen.

Olivia explained: "When we have dinner, it’s like them telling us we need to clean the bedroom, that laundry day is tomorrow and asking us what we want for our breakfast the next day, all just things that make the house run smoothly".

Anton Danyluk, 28, who was on the show in 2019 and came fifth with ex Belle Hassan revealed to Heat magazine that producers had also been delivering them McFlurries on a weekly basis.

He joked: "We needed that. We really did. I think it was about once a week we were getting them."

He also added: "I had a few chicken nuggets here and there."

Talking about the reason to cut out all eating footage from the show, a spokesperson from ITV said: "Unfortunately we can’t show everything as we’re confined to a one-hour show each night!"

Love Island airs on ITV2 every evening at 9pm other than on Saturdays.

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