Love Islands AJ Bunker says what ITV shows diary room is really like

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Love Island star AJ Bunker has spoken exclusively to Daily Star reporter Carly Hacon about her experience in the villa for an Instagram Live interview.

She opened up about the diary room, a place in which the contestants can talk to the camera about their thoughts, feelings and what has been going down in the villa.

When asked whether there was someone in there with them, AJ revealed: “No, there’s no one there. Especially with my season, ours was filmed during Covid so we had nobody around, not even cleaners. That’s why we didn’t have any eyelashes, couldn’t get our hair done, our nails, it was awful.”

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She continued: “It is just a camera, sort of Big Brother vibes. Just a camera, there’s always an amazing person behind it. This one guy called Lee, he was amazing, you just feel like you’re talking to a friend.”

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AJ also confirmed that they aren’t asked specific questions, but instead are allowed to talk freely about what they’re thinking.

The star opened up: “No, they just kind of ask how it’s been, ask what is going on and how you’re feeling. You answer it naturally, as if you’re talking to a friend, and that’s how you guys see it.”

She admitted that they “don’t give them a list of questions” but ask them “what’s going on today” and “what has happened” in the villa, as well as how a chat went with a particular person.

Carly questioned whether there is “a room you can go in for five minutes peace” away from the other islanders for some alone time.

AJ revealed: “There is a welfare room. I couldn’t fault Love Island, they had a welfare team on tap, a psychiatrist 24/7, and if you felt too anxious in any way, even if you just needed a time out you could just go into that room and they’ll set you up with the welfare team or psychiatrist.

She praised the programme and said that “they were always at their disposal”: Always there if you needed it, they would make you have welfare chats as well. Even if you didn’t want one, they would do check-ins to ask questions and make sure you’re good.”

“They know it's a weird environment in there so they were always checking up on us, can’t fault them at all.”

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