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Zara Holland: 'Having sex on Love Island cost me everything'

Zara Holland doesn't think there's anything wrong with having sex on Love Island if it's in the hideaway rather than the public bedroom.

Former Love Island contestant Zara Holland has warned this year's (17) hopefuls to think twice about having sex while on the show.

The pretty blonde competed on the ITV2 matchmaking show in 2016 and hit headlines when she had sex with new boy Alex Bowen. Her decision to get intimate with Alex, who is now engaged to fellow Love Islander Olivia Buckland, led to her being stripped of her Miss Great Britain title.

In a new interview with The Sun, Zara urged those hoping to find love on this year's show to give it some serious thought before taking things to the next level with a partner.

"I would say think about it before you do it," she said. "If you have kids they will see that. You know what kids are like in school. But it’s Love Island – some contestants go on there to find love, I don’t know about all of them.

"Let's face it - everybody does do it (have sex). All I'll say is think before you do it. You've got to live with that for the rest of your life."

Zara also noted there's a difference between getting physical in the hideaway, which is separate from the main house, and ignoring your fellow islanders to fulfil urges while in the main bedroom.

“Why not wait until the privacy in your own home? There's nothing wrong with that, but if it's in the hideaway I don't think there's a problem," she added. "I didn't do anything in the public bedroom, I just made that biggest mistake of my life in the hideaway - and that's cost me everything."

Zara's remarks have come a little too late for some contestants on the new series though - Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay have already had sex, as well as former hopefuls Jess Shears and Dom Lever.

Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes and Montana Brown and Alex Beattie have also got physical, though they have yet to actually have sex.

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