Love Island bosses are making Sherif Lanre’s wellbeing a ‘priority’ after he was booted out of the villa.
He entered the villa looking for sun, sea, and love but Sherif was kicked off Love Island straight after making a “silly mistake”.
But instead of being holed up in luxury with bikini-clad blondes, Sherif Lanre has been left licking his wounds under the watchful eyes of the ITV aftercare team.
The 20-year-old Londoner revealed he had been sensationally axed from the ITV2 show after nine days for breaking “house rules”.
ITV bosses are making sure Sherif gets the top care before he leaves Majorca for the UK..and an inevitable barrage of questions from friends and family.
It comes as the show is facing extra public scrutiny this year after the recent deaths of former stars Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
“The priority is to make sure he is okay,” says one insider.
It’s understood his psychotherapist mum Diana, from South London, had also been in constant talks with the show bosses.
“He is a lovely, lovely young man, a great boy,” she told reporters yesterday.
New guidelines have also confirmed that additional help will be available where applicable and that bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to their new lifestyle will also be offered.
Speaking about the enhanced psychological support and bespoke training for this series, Creative Director of ITV Studios Entertainment, Richard Cowles, said: “We’re very excited that Love Island is back for another series. It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.
“The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can’t wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom. We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love – hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.
“Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.
“Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.”
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Sources say Sherif was called to the show’s Beach Hut immediately after his “silly mistake” and knew the sun had set on his time in the villa.
In a statement, he said: “In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa,” he said.
“I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.
“I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.”
Sherif had looked to be an early favourite in his couple with Anna Vakili, 28, only to be angry when fellow Islander Anton Danyluk, 24, tried to make a move.
But while some viewers speculated if this was connected to his departure, insiders stress Sherif has only broken house rules – no police were called and he didn’t broken the law.
“Sherif made a silly mistake and was immediately summoned to the Beach Hut – it wasn’t a criminal matter and he was spoken to and agreed to leave,” a Love Island insider told us.
“Sherif knew he had to leave immediately after being called to the Beach Hut.
“No security were involved.”
Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2