Love Island to welcome 'gender fluid' contestants in 2019


Love Island could feature different sexualities next series (Pic: ITV)

TV chiefs opened applications for the 2019 show this morning.

And the numbers are expected to top last year’s record, when 85,000 people rushed to take part.

However, applicants keen to jet off to the sun-kissed Spanish villa are being questioned about their gender.

On the enrolment form, they are asked if they are male, female, non-binary or intersex.

Sophie Gradon had a lesbian affair with another contestant on the last series (Pic: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)

Non-binary is a term for people who do not think of themselves as male or female.

And intersexual means they were born with reproductive organs that are not typical to the gender they appear to be.

Although the move may surprise some, TV chiefs claim it will help to ensure a diverse range of people heading to Love Island this summer.

The ITV2 smash – which has run for four series so far – does have a history of mixing things up.

In 2016, the villa had its first ever bisexual romance.

Katie Salmon indulged in a lesbian fling in the last series (Pic: Mark Robert Milan/GC)

Former glamour model Katie Salmon coupled up with Sophie Gradon, who commited suicide last summer.

Host Caroline Flack has said in the past she would love to see more diverse contestants, which could lead to gay or lesbian romances.

She said: “Anyone can enter. It totally could happen.”

Producer Richard Cowles added: “We’re open to everything. We try to include everyone.”

The new series is back in the summer.

Jessie Hayes

Jessica Hayes won the first series of Love Island (Pic: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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