Love Island 2024 contestant Harriett Blackmore has responded to a viral video of her being shared across social media, just days before she is set to enter the villa.


Earlier this week, the casting for this year's show was announced, revealing all 12 islanders about to embark on their summer of love, but there was one islander in particular who gained traction online following the unearthed clip.

In the video, which has since been deleted, Harriett can be seen diffusing a situation after the person filming confronted a man – whose face is covered – about his alleged behaviour.

Love Island had no comment when approached by However, in a new interview, Harriett has had her say on what happened.

Harriett Blackmore posing in front of a ring of fire shaped as a heart. She is wearing a light pink swimsuit and has one hand resting on her hip and the other on her side.
Harriett Blackmore for Love Island 2024. ITV/Love Island

Speaking to press including, Harriett noted she hasn't seen the video since it went viral as she doesn't have access to her phone, but added there isn't "anything to say".

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"If you guys have seen it you can obviously see all I'm trying to do is diffuse the situation," she explained.

"It was actually one of my really good friends who is in the public eye, he's a football player. And these fans and, like, people were sort of antagonising him."

Harriett explained that she and her friends were "just trying to enjoy our night" and she didn't think it was "fair" someone was recording and "putting cameras in his face".

She concluded: "There is nothing really to say about that. I was just trying to mediate the situation [and] get them away from him."

Harriett will be entering the villa on Monday 3rd June as a new season of Love Island kicks off on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX in an epic multi-channel crossover.

As for why she has decided to take part, the 24-year-old added that she is recently single and Love Island "is always something" she has been open to and considered doing.

"That door closed and then this one opened," she said. "And that's why I'm here."

Harriett joins the cast of 11 other singles who are all looking for love.

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Love Island returns on Monday 3rd June at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2, ITVX, STV and STV Player.

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