Love Island crowns winners on summer return
Millie Court and Liam Reardon have been crowned winners of Love Island 2021 at the end of the dating programme’s first series for 18 months.
The pair beat three other couples to the the hit ITV2 show’s £50,000 prize.
Millie, a fashion buyer’s assistant from Essex, had considered splitting from Welsh bricklayer Liam after he was unfaithful during Casa Amor week, but the pair reunited to become exclusive.
This series has been broadcast from its Spanish villa for almost two months.
It is the first series since the programme made its winter debut just before Covid hit in early 2020.
The other couples to make it to the final were Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran; Faye Winter and Teddy Soares; and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank.
By Alex Taylor, entertainment reporter
Whitmore replaced Caroline Flack, who took her own life last February.
In recent years, the deaths of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, although not directly linked to the show, have also prompted debate about mental health and the treatment of TV personalities.
ITV published revised duty-of-care protocols for this year’s contestants, who will be offered “comprehensive psychological support” and a “proactive aftercare package” on their return from Majorca.
However, some of Love Island’s staple dramatic twists have proved highly controversial this year.
The sight of Faye aggressively confronting Teddy after being shown footage of him from flirting during Casa Amor week prompted record audience complaints to broadcast regulator Ofcom.
That followed thousands of complaints that July’s Casa Amor postcard episode was manipulative toward the female islanders.
The show has nevertheless remained a significant commercial asset for ITV with its predominantly young and female audience particularly valuable to advertisers.
Islanders, who often build large online followings, have lucrative opportunities to make millions from social media and brand deals on leaving the villa.