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It’s never easy saying goodbye and it’s especially not easy when you’re walking away from the swanky Love Island villa.
Viewers were left on the edge of their seats Tuesday night as couple Lucinda and Brad were voted by the public as the least compatible couple and now have to make the agonising decision of which one of them will be leaving the villa.
But whatever they decide, what will actually happen when they’ve wave their fellow islanders goodbye and walk down that path for the last time? Here’s everything we know…
That heart wrenching final goodbye isn’t actually the final goodbye as it’s filmed multiple times…awkward.
Back in 2017, Jonny Mitchell, who took part in the series three of the show told HuffPost that his exit from the villa was filmed not once, but four times to create a greater impact.
He said: “It was kind of awkward because I waved everyone goodbye and then you walk to the end of the path.
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“Then they say, ‘Go back’, so you’re like, ‘Hi everyone, again’ and then, ‘Bye!’. It’s weird.”
Once the islanders finally complete their farewells and get down the path it’s straight into another Mallorca villa where they’re kept on lockdown.
Ex-islanders are held here for a few days before being let back out into the real world and aren’t allowed laptops or their mobile phones until they touch down on UK soil.
They’re each given a chaperone and depending on who they’re paired with depends on how much information on the outside world they’re given.
Johnny, who spent two days on lockdown, also said: “You still don’t have any real concept of what’s happened but I had a pretty good idea of what was going on because I had a good chaperone, he was feeding me bits of information.
“It’s boring, there’s nothing to do there. I’d just had five weeks of sunbathing so I didn’t really want to do anymore. I was going out of my mind a little bit.”
Every contestant also meets with the show’s resident psychologist.
Chris Hughes, who took part in the third series of the show and came third with Olivia Attwood, said: "We all had our own little slots where we'd go just outside the villa and sit in a cabin with her, in her office.
“We had individual chats to make sure everything's OK.”
But before that ex-Islanders have to face the airport alone.
Speaking of her own experience, Malin Andersson from series two said: "You go to Palma airport, on your own, and then boom, you're in reality."
Aftercare for the islanders continues once they arrive back home and reunite with their families.
ITV’s duty of care protocol for this year's series states that each contestant is offered a minimum of eight therapy sessions once they arrive home, bespoke training on how to deal with social media and finance and adjusting to life back home.
They’re also offered proactive contact with Islanders for 14 months after the series has ended and secure management to represent them after the show if they choose to take part in other public appearances.
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