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‘Love Island’ Sparks ‘More Than 200 Ofcom Complaints’ Over On-Screen Kiss

Love Island Ofcom: The show has received a number of complaints about an on-screen kiss between two Islanders.
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Love Island has reportedly sparked ‘more than 200 Ofcom complaints‘ over an on-screen kiss between Gemma Owen and Davide Sanclimenti. 

Viewers aren’t happy with the ITV programme due to the age difference between the pair, with Sanclimenti being 27 and Owen just 19 years old.

The figures come after Ofcom released a list of complaints it has received, which showed that there were 167 made for June 7’s episode and a further 93 on June 12, which was again related to contestants’ age gap.

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Both Islanders who were involved in the kiss could be heard discussing the eight-year age gap between them in the same episode.

Sanclimenti said to Owen: “What do you think about the fact that I am much older than you? I mean, you are not bothered by that?”

To which she replied: “No, it’s not an issue for me at all. I feel like if it was I wouldn’t have wanted to get to know you in the first place.

“And, as I’ve said, I have been speaking to guys and seeing guys that are much older. It’s not something that I’m not used to or that you’re the only one or anything like that, it’s very normal for me.”

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Owen then asked him the same question, and he replied: “For me, it’s not an issue about the age. I actually think sometimes you are more mature than me.”

Outraged viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts, with one saying: “If 27-year-old Davide couples up with 19-year-old Gemma, Ofcom will be hearing from me!”

“There’s no chemistry between Gemma and Davide at all, the chat is dead,” said a second. “Please, it’s giving a parent-teacher conference vibe.”  

A third pitched in, commenting: “Guys has anyone actually told Davide Gemma is 19… The man is talking about marriage and kids.” 

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