‘I tried to go on Tin­der, but I got blocked’ Mutya Buena

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“We’re all hu­man, you kiss some­one in pub­lic,” says Love Is­land ’s Eyal Booker, who we’ll soon see tak­ing a sec­ond stab at love. “It’s a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of a re­la­tion­ship, which is why, on Love Is­land, [hav­ing sex] was fine. We weren’t shoot­ing a porno – it was al­ways go­ing to be im­plied. It’s how we’re all cre­ated.”

For his CGD co-stars, do­ing the show has given them a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence real-life dat­ing – or some­thing sim­i­lar – in all its awk­ward glory, when nor­mally their no­to­ri­ety might get in the way. “I once tried to go on Tin­der, but I got blocked!” Mutya tells us. “Some­one thought I was a fake, so kept they delet­ing my pro­file. And if some­one asks me on In­sta, ‘So, what do you do?’ and they’ve seen my pro­file, I’m like, ‘Bitch, let’s not play dumb.’”

For TOWIE ’s Vas Mor­gan, who’s also ap­pear­ing this year, on­line dat­ing can be tricky if you’re a fa­mil­iar face. “I al­ways start talk­ing to some­one on an app and then, after an hour, they’ll be like, ‘Are Chloe Sims and Lau­ren Pope friends?’ Then, I’m like, block! That’s why I don’t do it any more. It’s so hard to put your­self out there.”

As for the ac­tual dates, Vic­to­ria and Becca in­sist we see the real deal. But tim­ing pres­sure, cou­pled with a celeb’s on-screen diva an­tics [*cough* Gemma Collins *cough*] means it’s tricky to re­ally get that all-en­gross­ing heart-to­heart. “Jonathan didn’t have very long to film, so it felt quite rushed,” says Becca, 23, who vis­ited the ac­tor in LA after film­ing wrapped. “I don’t think I’d date a celeb again – they’re the pri­or­ity. We’d be get­ting ready for a date and be sat wait­ing for three hours be­fore they ar­rived. My make-up had come off by then!” There’s no deny­ing that ro­mance is a risky game – and we’ve yet to see any long-term love emerge from the show. But we re­main ever hope­ful – after all, what’s the al­ter­na­tive? Dat­ing nor­mal peo­ple in pri­vate? Don’t be ridicu­lous. ■

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