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Love Island Olivia Buckland’s new job on hold because of coronavirus

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Olivia Buckland’s trip to New York was put on hold (Picture: Getty Images)

Olivia Buckland’s new job has been put on hold thanks to coronavirus.

The Love Island star was set to fly to New York to beginning her exciting new role as a presenter.

It would mean being away from home for a while as she embarked on the career change.

However the coronavirus pandemic put a spanner in her plans as the gig was postponed.

Olivia is spending lockdown at home with husband Alex Bowen, who she met on Love Island.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I was meant to be going to New York for a job for two months, and I’m just enjoying the fact that I’m still home and still with Alex otherwise I would have been away.

‘Could you imagine if I got stuck there? I’m thanking my lucky stars I didn’t go there and get stuck.’

The Love Island star was set to fly out to the US (Picture: Getty Images)

She went on: ‘I am still hoping to go to New York for a few months.

‘I don’t know if people know so I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say. It is one of the biggest jobs of my career so I can’t wait to go and do that.

‘It’s presenting so it’s pretty amazing. I wish I could say but it’s presenting-based. It’s pretty mad, I’m a bit shocked.’

The reality TV star confessed she is disappointed that the pandemic has put this year’s Love Island on hold.

Olivia is loving staying home with husband Alex (Picture: Instagram/Olivia Bowen)

‘They’ve had to make that decision and I’m really glad that they did just for everyone’s safety,’ she told us.

‘But it is sad because it’s literally the highlight of everyone’s year. We’re all at home so we’re all ready.

‘It’s a shame but they made the right decision. There’s gonna be one next year, there might even be two next year so you never know. It will come back and be bigger than ever when they do come back.’

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Anna Vakili opens up on ‘worst anxiety’ as Belle Hassan sends support

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Love Island’s Belle Hassan sends support to Anna Vakili, after star opens up on ‘worst anxiety’ following Hyde Park fight incident (Picture: Getty/Splash News)

Love Island’s Belle Hassan has reached out to Anna Vaikili, after the star said she is suffering with the ‘worst anxiety’ following a fight in Hyde Park over Bank Holiday weekend.

Anna, 29, has denied ‘attacking teenagers’ after footage from a fight in Kensington Gardens on 25 May has been circulating on social media. Addressing the incident, Anna has claimed she was acting in self defence after her cousin was allegedly attacked.

The reality star has claimed that those involved in the fight are now threatening her over Instagram and Anna says she has had the ‘worst anxiety’ since the fight, which has left her unable to eat or get out of bed.

She penned in a lengthy message: ‘I have had the worst anxiety since the attack, I couldn’t even get out of bed or eat.

‘But, I won’t let them win, I won’t let these ‘innocent’ teens think they can treat people this way.

Anna has insisted that the group of teenagers were first to attack her and her friends, while a woman claiming to be the cousin of one of the teenagers involved claims they were calling Anna’s name, when the reality star’s friend allegedly snapped at them.

Anna opened up about her anxiety since the incident in a lengthy message (Picture: Instagram)

They alleged that Mandi struck one of the girls, while Anna dragged one of the girls by the hair.

Anna’s latest update came after she re-posted videos of one girl involved in the incident seemingly boasting about it on social media, while appearing to confirm the group of teenagers had been taking drugs.

Anna, who has returned to work as a pharmacist following Love Island, told fans she has passed the footage over to the police.

Love Island star Belle Hassan, meanwhile, took to social media to send support to Anna and her sister Mandi.

Belle Hassan reached out to Anna and her sister Mandi to show her support (Picture: Instagram)

She told her followers: ‘I was just scrolling through Instagram and seeing so much hate directed at my good friends Anna and Mandi. I don’t normally get involved in things like this… but I think when you come off the show, you get so much abuse.

‘Them girls have had it so bad that I just don’t think it’s fair. Before you guys give an opinion on the situation, read what they’ve got to say… please just listen, because they are the most beautiful souls inside and out.

‘So please just be kind with your words, because you don’t know how much it affects people and there’s only so much people can take.’

Police confirmed to Metro.co.uk that they are ‘aware of an allegation of assault in Hyde Park, on Monday, 25 May, at approximately 20:00hrs.’

Anna and her sister Mandi have claimed they were attacked first during the incident (Picture: Getty)

The woman who shared the original video posted a picture of Mandi to Instagram last night and wrote: ‘OK so this plastic h** touched my sister and cousin today! They are 16 years old! They are under age! I swear to god start counting your days! You’re going to prison and guess what!!! All that botox of yours will go you ugly human being!’

Since the incident, Anna has told fans she ‘hates fame’ and posted a statement regarding the fight on social media.

It read: ‘Since coming out of Love Island it’s become my normal for people to shout abuse at me in the streets and I have learned to turn a blind eye and remove myself from the situation.

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‘Out of self defence we had to get them off of her and leave. There was a large group of them and not many of us. These are not “innocent children” they have a gun, and they tried to steal my sisters phone. I have never had a physical fight in my life!! The violent attack has been reported to the police.’

She added: ‘We were attacked verbally and physically first because they knew me. Everything we done was to protect ourselves and my cousin. Can’t even enjoy a picnic in peace. I’ve just had enough.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Vakili’s rep for further comment. 

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‘Love Island’ U.K. Eyes Late-Summer Broadcast as Coronavirus Hits ITV – Variety

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U.Okay. business broadcaster ITV’s summer time juggernaut “Love Island” is eyeing a late summer time transmission this yr, because the nation’s coronavirus outbreak brings plans for Could manufacturing to a halt.

Selection can reveal an August to September broadcast is on the playing cards for this system, as prospects for “Love Island’s” conventional June-July outing appear just about not possible given the manufacturing lockdown pushed by the worldwide pandemic.

Airing on digital channel ITV2, “Love Island” is likely one of the most watched applications throughout the U.Okay. and is stripped throughout the broadcaster seven days per week from 9-10 p.m over two months. The ITV Studios-produced present — which finds younger coupled-up singles looking for love and outlast each other — brings in big promoting {dollars} for the broadcaster, which pulled in an additional £eight million ($10 million) in business partnerships alone for the 2019 version.

Manufacturing on “Love Island,” which is shot in a villa on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, is believed to usually start round mid-Could, with an intensive crew bedding in at a distant location near the villa, which is rigged with cameras.

Whereas it’s believed the broadcaster has but to log out on plans for the present, various contingency plans are within the works for the U.Okay. version, which is able to undoubtedly face vital challenges with worldwide journey, given contestants are consistently becoming a member of and exiting this system, with producers shuttling forged backwards and forwards every week from the U.Okay. to Mallorca. Spain, too, has been notably exhausting hit by coronavirus with greater than 19,000 deaths so far.

Because of this, it’s believed the 2020 summer time version may shoot someplace within the U.Okay. quite than go abroad, with an identical state of affairs being thought of for ITV actuality hit “I’m a Superstar…Get Me Out of Right here!” which shoots in Australia.

ITV brass, nonetheless, are eager to make sure the present goes forward regardless of the circumstances and it’s understood casting is actively underway. Additionally price noting is the present’s giant financial institution of potential forged members from earlier editions. ITV rolled out a winter version of the present in January, which filmed in South Africa, and it might be that overflow forged from that program might be thought of for the summer time present.

One senior leisure govt tells Selection that the destiny of this yr’s version may in the end be “within the fingers of insurance coverage corporations.”

“At what level are you able to ask individuals who have by no means met to couple up and get into mattress collectively with out having a vaccine or proof you might have immunity (from coronavirus)?” warns the chief.

“There are going to be myriad, advanced conversations happening. It’s all down as to whether you get insurance coverage. Are you able to insure the present, and can insurance coverage companies say, ‘We have to see that everybody is vaccinated or immunized beforehand.’”

Within the U.S., the place “Love Island” bowed on CBS final summer time, the present was resulting from air in Could, and has since been delayed.

In response to ITV’s annual report for 2019, final summer time’s version of “Love Island” was its greatest performing collection so far, averaging 4.three million viewers (an viewers share of 19%), which elevated to five.6 million together with non-TV viewing. The present additionally drew the most important 16-34 demo throughout all channels, averaging 2.2 million viewers with a 55% share of that age group.

In idea, ITV is very reliant on “Love Island” going forward this yr contemplating it has already forecast a significant promoting hit from coronavirus. The broadcaster was among the many first home networks to disclose in early March an affect from journey promoting deferments.

Late final month, ITV minimize its programming funds by $116 million. In a buying and selling replace, ITV stated on the time: “This displays financial savings from sport together with the postponement of Euro 2020, the late supply of commissioned programming and energetic choices to cut back our spend.”

Regardless of being the U.Okay.’s hottest actuality present, “Love Island” has confronted mounting backlash lately, following a spate of suicides by former contestants that pressured the broadcaster to recalibrate its responsibility of care pointers and supply extra help for on and off-screen roles.

A crushing blow got here mid-February, when host Caroline Flack dedicated suicide — an occasion that shocked the U.Okay., the place Flack was one of the high-profile, beloved presenters on tv.

Earlier than she died, Flack had been resulting from go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, and had been topic to a raft of commentary and scrutiny within the press and on social media. Her loss of life prompted various petitions calling for “Caroline’s Regulation,” which might make media harassment and bullying a felony offence, not dissimilar to company manslaughter.

As soon as once more, ITV confronted calls from the general public for the present’s cancellation; nonetheless, though CEO Carolyn McCall acknowledged in March that Flack’s loss of life was “unbelievably tragic,” she has stood by the present and insisted the broadcaster is engaged on a “world-class” responsibility of care technique for these concerned.

Certainly, ITV is believed to have launched steerage to in-house producers Thursday, cautioning that the general public can be more and more anxious after lockdown, which producers will should be cognizant of in pre-production and when manufacturing ultimately restarts.

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