Love Island Brett slams ridiculous same-sex couple ban as he has LGBT friends09/09/2021
The ban on same-sex couples on Love Island is "ridiculous", says this year's final entrant Brett Staniland.
Model and PHD student Brett Staniland has said he had asked about same-sex couples going into the show, as he has many friends who aren't represented by the heterosexual couplings.
"One of the questions I had actually going into the show was whether there are going to be any non heterosexual couples, too," he said.
"That's something that's a big part of my life, loads of my friends are non heterosexual people."
Love Island previously said LGBT couples would bring "logistical difficulties", which Brett says "is ridiculous. Such a ridiculous thing to say".
Brett made quite the impression on Love Island, but not everyone was a fan and some viewers badly trolled him on social media.
Despite his experience, he says he would still recommend people apply for the show, as long as "they're in it for the right reasons."
His twin brother Scott revealed he had to hand over the log-ins after less than 24 hours, as the comments he was receiving were so upsetting.
Speaking on BBC Radio Derby, Brett revealed that when he left the villa, he had a three to four day wait before he was allowed his phone back.
"The welfare team are there with the production crew, they basically go through all the things that have come out since you've been in the villa and not had your phone."
"They prepared me saying there's been some bad stuff and went through a lot of it, but then 'call your brother before you open Instagram' as it was bad," he revealed.
"I was prepared to an extent, but then when you read it, it's dreadful."
His brother struggled with a lot of the comments about Brett's looks, because as an identical twin it hurt him too.
Brett said: "When you tell someone you're a model, the first thing they're going to do is attack your appearance. It's kind of a given. But they were very, very specific with their insults."
Since leaving the villa, he joked that he can't stand hearing the show's famous theme song.
"The theme song is now a trigger for me. I'll run away and hide in a little box," he said.
"It's the background noise to my life. Now it's just in my head walking around with me. Anything else, please… can I have the Match Of The Day theme song?"
One good thing that has come from being on the show is a raised profile, to highlight issues that are important to him: "I can raise awareness on the things that I'm passionate about, such as climate change and sustainability in my industry.
"I can talk about mental health and online abuse and talking about topics like masculinity and gender norms."
Brett received a lot of negative attention, partly for not looking the same as the other men in the villa, and for his social media presence.
He explained: "I've been seeing with my nails painted or wearing a pearl necklace and things like that. People are very quick to suggest that's not what a man dresses like or that's not what a masculine man is."
Brett insisted: "The things that I wear don't actually have a gender."
"I think the show that I was on in particular really relies on the segregation between men and women, too. So even at dinner time and lunchtime, we were sat with the boys and the boys, then the girls with the girls."
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