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40 Surprising Rules 'Love Island' Contestants Have to Follow

Things are very strict in the villa.

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Sure, Love Island is basically a dating free-for-all, but it's not without boundaries. In fact, the contestants have to follow a lot of rules that might surprise you. From nudity bans to limits on alcohol consumption, islanders don't get to run completely wild at the villa. If you're curious about how islanders live during their time on the show, here are all of the rules Love Island contestants have to follow.

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You forfeit any winnings if you leave.

The contract contestants on Love Island UK sign reveals that if you leave the show, there's no guarantee you'll get any money.

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Contestants must pay taxes.

While the contract for the U.S. version of the show hasn't been revealed, there are likely some overlaps. One of them is that contestants are required to pay taxes on any money they receive while on the show.

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All footage is free game.

Per the UK contract, contestants must agree that all footage taken of them during their time on the show is usable.

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No on-show brand deals.

Contestants can't participate in individual product placements or sponsorships while filming the show. This means no being paid or compensated in any way to use items or wear brands.

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You must treat producers and staff well.

The rules aren't just about how you treat fellow islanders. Contestants also agree not to be rude or participate in any sort of aggressive behavior toward producers and staff.

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No visible branding.

When choosing clothing for the show, contestants aren't allowed to wear anything that has branding on it, unless it's approved by the show.

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Absolutely no drugs.

Illegal drug use is explicitly a no-go while living at the villa. Contestants also have to take a drug test before going on the show and agree to random drug tests if the producers deem it necessary.

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Psychiatric evaluations are required.

Before contestants can enter the villa, they have to agree to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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Contestants must disclose any STIs.

Contestants have to fill out extensive medical forms and have to—within the best of their knowledge—state that they have no sexually transmitted infections.

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There is a post-elimination debriefing.

Following a contestant's departure from the show, they must undergo a debriefing with a counseling professional.

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Violence is absolutely not allowed.

Like most reality TV shows, violent contact with another contestant is not allowed.

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You have to supply your own wardrobe.

The contestants have to bring in their own wardrobe—at first. According to Glamour, after they arrive, islanders then have access to items from brand ISawItFirst.

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No racist or homophobic language.

It's no secret that there's a lot of cursing in the UK version of Love Island, but racist and homophobic language is off limits.

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There's a two-drink-per-night limit on the U.S. series.

According to executive producer David Eilenberg, drinks are limited to help keep the show coherent. He told USA Today, "We like the islanders to have a good time, but because the show is geared toward actual coherent conversation and connection it’s not a show that allows excessive acts of alcohol consumption."

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No smoking is allowed.

If you smoke, this show may not be the right fit for you, because there's no smoking allowed anywhere on the villa premises.

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Games are less risqué for U.S. contestants.

This is more of a rule for production, but in general games played in the U.S. version have to be more tame due to regulations on cable television, Eilenberg told EW.

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Safe sex is strongly encouraged.

As you can imagine, this one may be tough to strictly enforce, but according to the Love Island contract, contestants are asked to participate in safe sex only.

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No social media is allowed.

This likely won't come as a shock, but contestants are cut off from social media as soon as they reach the "lockdown" period before entering the villa.

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No thongs on the U.S. show.

While thongs are common on the UK show, clothing has to be a bit more conservative in the United States to conform with cable standards.

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No sharing money.

Prior to having the money in hand, winning contestants aren't allowed to promise prize money to others on the show or to any organizations.

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Islanders choose their own clothes.

There's no stylist available to islanders. In an interview with Refinery29, contestant Mallory Santic explained that while she hates shopping, she was "literally at the mall for eight hours" choosing clothes for the show.

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Not all contestants have to apply.

While this isn't true for every islander, some don't apply and are instead scouted. According to Amelia Perrin, who made it to the penultimate round of casting, she was scouted as a contestant and asked to apply, but she never made it onto the show.

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Friendships are encouraged.

Some reality shows are famous for a "not here to make friends" attitude amongst contestants, but not Love Island. Eilenberg told EW the cast is encouraged to form friendships: "It's that sense of unexpected camaraderie among the cast that’s arguably a secret weapon to Love Island’s U.K. popularity."

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No clocks are allowed.

According to an interview with contestant Michael Griffiths with British GQ, the islanders aren't allowed to know the time and there are no clocks in the villa.

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Sleep schedules are enforced.

In an interview, islander Arabella Chi admitted that there's both a bedtime and wake-up call for contestants. No sleeping the day away!

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Conversations are controlled.

There are certain things islanders aren't allowed to discuss, like the outside world or the lockdown period prior to entering the villa.

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Contestants don't cook.

While islanders must supply their own clothes, they don't need to worry about food and cooking (except for breakfast). Dinners are catered.

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Contestants can't masturbate.

This rule isn't explicitly in the code of conduct, but it's much discussed online and has been discussed publicly. Contestant Elma Pazar weighed in and said there's no way people aren't doing it in secret.

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No nudity is allowed.

While contestants get pretty close to being nude, there is allegedly a no nudity rule that prevents islanders from getting completely naked due to every area of the villa technically being a public space.

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Therapy is encouraged after sexual activity.

While not a strict rule, Love Island has implemented therapy for contestants after they engage in sexual activity. They may seek counseling for advice or an emergency contraceptive pill.

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