Love Island viewers accuse producers of ‘meddling’ after Zara fuels love triangle

Love Island viewers accuse producers of ‘meddling’ after Zara fuels love triangle

January 25, 2023

Love Island fans have left suspicious after Zara Lackenby-Brown's head began to turn on Tuesday 24 January's episode of the hit ITV2 dating show.

The move has led many viewers to believe producers of the programme have been "meddling" as just one night before Zara, 25, told Olivia Hawkins, 27, that she sees a future with their mutual love interest Tom Clare, 23.

Zara and Olivia, who knew each other before heading into the South African villa, have got into several heated discussions about Tom since the bombshell arrived. But it appears their problems may soon disappear as Zara has started turning her attention on Shaq Muhammad, 24.

Swooping in for a chat with Shaq, Zara told him: "I’ll be real with you, Tom is obviously ticking pretty much every box for me but it’s early still, I haven’t even spoken to you properly, it would be nice to explore."

Tanya Manhenga, 22, then briefly interrupted to give Shaq, who she is currently coupled up with, some tea, before leaving Zara and him alone together again.

"On the outside you would be someone that I would go for so I do want to explore that to see the vibes," Shaq told the model before they spoke about how they're both from London.

“You’re from London too, you just get it," he added.

Fans were left suspicious by the exchange following Zara's fierce feelings towards Tom and many flocked to Twitter to voice their theory that perhaps producers got involved.

"Nah the producers are meddling too much! Zara and Shaq? I’m calling bull," one person wrote.

Another shared: "I just know the producers told Zara and Shaq to talk. Since she’s clearly the only one that makes the show entertaining."

A third posted: "I think producers have forced this chat between Shaq and Zara because that was very random #loveislanduk #loveisland".

While a fourth added: "I just know the producers were in Zara’s ear regarding talking to Shaq".

OK! has approached ITV bosses for comment.

The night before, Zara and Olivia clashed over Tom when the ring girl and actor pulled him over for a chat. Upon their return, Zara immediately asked the brunette beauty: "What was that?" to which she replied: "Huh, what do you mean?"

Clarifying, Zara questioned what they talked about during their alone time, explaining that she'd like some "context", but Olivia simply stated that it was "private".

She then explained that their conversation had nothing to do with Zara, but the bombshell argued: "I’m in a couple with him so it does kind of concern me."

“Are you married?" Olivia quipped as Zara replied: "I’m here to find someone and I see a future with him."

Doubting her actions, Olivia then accused: "I see you're playing a game," to which she replied: "Playing a game how bruv? Do you think I flew 11 hours from England to p**s you off?"

"It wasn't about you, it was about me and him," Olivia replies as Zara asks if she still likes Tom. Olivia then sighed out: "I'm not here for drama."

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