Love Island’s Haris ‘biggest player going’ as ex says he dumped her before show

Love Island's Haris Namani has been branded a "player" by his ex-girlfriend who claimed he dumped her before the start of the brand new series.

After sharing promotional images of himself on social media to announce that he will be joining this year's show, Courtney Hodgson, 23, headed straight over to the comment section to blast him.

The model fumed: "We were only at winter wonderland six weeks ago together with my family."

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Meanwhile, under another comment she penned: "Biggest game player going, leaving me for a TV show and I called it from the second he left me.."

After the allegations were made, ITV told The Sun: "All islanders entering Love Island are single and looking for love."

Although there are currently no traces of pictures of Haris and Courtney together on social media – they were however both pictured at STK restaurant on the same day.

"Ronaldo" lookalike Haris is one of the ten hopefuls looking for love on the highly anticipated ITV series which kicks off next week.

During his interview with ITV, the TV salesman from Doncaster said he's never been in love which may come as a blow to his ex Courtney.

He said: "I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me. It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one.

"I’ve obviously not found the right one myself."

He also added: "I’ve never taken a girl home, I’m not going to say I’ve fallen in love until I’ve taken them to meet my mum and dad or sisters and brother."

After the last winter version of Love Island which saw former host Laura Whitmore take on the role of presenter in 2020, fans will be introduced to new presenter Maya Jama who will take on the reins.

This year's series will also see contestants' social media accounts disabled for the first time while they take part in the show.

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Dr Matthew Gould, a consultant chartered clinical psychologist who is part of ITV's duty of care team gave further insight into the bold decision.

He said: "The enhanced safeguards introduced for Love Island 2023 demonstrate ITV’s commitment to evolve duty of care protocols to minimise harm, where possible.

"The bold decision to pause islanders' social media activity during the new series is testament to ITV’s serious intent, especially as this input provides both a benefit to the appeal of the programme and a potential source of mental health problems."

Love Island returns to ITV2 and ITVX at 9pm on Monday, January 16

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