He admits he ‘didn’t conduct himself in the right way’ following his abrupt, unexpected and premature departure from the Love Island villa on Tuesday.
But while the precise reason for Sherif Lanre’s removal from the Spanish hideaway has not been disclosed, a recently posted text exchange suggests it was prompted by an escalating row with co-star Anton Danyluk, although producers insist the messages are fake.
Shared by a Twitter user on an unverified account, a screenshot – purportedly of a short text conversation between Sherif and a friend – contends that tempers reached boiling point as they argued over London based pharmacist Anna Vakili, with whom Sherif was coupled.
Exchange: A text conversation posted on Twitter suggests Sherif Lanre was removed fromm Love Island after escalating row with co-star Anton Danyluk over Anna Vakili
In a response to what happened, the message read: ‘Anton happened. Purposely moving onto Anna while I’m right next to him trying to touch her leg.
‘Asked him for a chat in private because I wanted to confront him and it got heated and security had to split us up, heartbroken but s**t happens man.’
There is no suggestion that it was the Love Island star responding, and an ITV2 spokesman has since rubbished the viral texts, telling MailOnline: ‘We have checked and these messages have not come from Sherif.’
However producers did admit he was kicked off the show for breaking strict rules, just nine days after the ITV2 programme began.
Sherif has admitted he was to blame for his early departure, revealing in a statement to MailOnline: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa.
All over: Love Island ‘s Sherif has broken his silence on his shock Love Island departure, with an apology, admitting he ‘didn’t conduct himself in the right way’
She won’t be happy: Anna Vakili, 28, had been coupled up with Sherif up until his departure but it’s unclear which rules he has broken
‘I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20-year-old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.
‘I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.’
It’s unknown which rules Sherif broke specifically, but a spokesperson for the programme confirmed his departure to MailOnline on Tuesday.
The spokesperson said: ‘After breaking the villa rules, Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.’
A Love Island spokesperson has declined to specify to MailOnline which rules Sherif broke.
The chef has said: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa’
No word: The reasons for his departure have not been disclosed by Love Island spokespersons and while his departure from his show will be addressed, the reasons will not
Close: Sherif and Anna had been getting on well and had shared their first kiss together on Sunday, much to the delight of viewers
LOVE ISLAND’S TOP RULES…
There is no suggestion that Sherif broke any of the following…
1. No smoking inside the house, pool or garden
2. No nudity
3. No masturbating
4. No unsafe sex (condoms must be worn)
5. Contestants who have sex must see a therapist afterwards
6. Each star must be in possession of the complete rule book
But a source told MailOnline: ‘Sherif’s departure will be addressed on the show, (thought to be Wednesday’s episode), but the reasons behind it will not be.’
There is nothing to suggest Sherif broke any of the following rules, but according to The Mirror, the top ones include no smoking inside the house, pool and garden.
No nudity in front of fellow contestants (even in the shower), no masturbating and no drunken or unsafe sex (condoms must be worn).
The site adds: ‘Contestants who have sex must see a therapist afterwards (who can provide emergency contraception.
‘And each star must be in possession of the complete rule book (and refer to it where necessary).’
Mysterious: Sherif’s family took to Instagram soon after the announcement to write that they were proud of him, but admitted they didn’t know why he had left yet
No doubt Sherif’s departure is a huge blow to pharmacist Anna Vakili, 28, who has been coupled up with the star after the show started a week last Monday.
He didn’t get off to a great start on the show when no-one stepped forward to couple up with him on the first night.
He initially chose to couple up with Amber-Rose Gill, 21, but she chose to be with Callum McLeod, 28, and Sherif ended up with Anna.
Sherif is the second Islander to be kicked off the show since it started this year.
Breaking news: Within minutes of the announcement, Love Island viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their shock over his departure
Soon after the announcement, Sherif’s family, who are currently looking after his Instagram account, wrote that they were ‘proud’ of him but did not disclose any further information.
Aircraft engineer Callum left the villa after five days after his partner Amber-Rose dumped him in favour of Anton Danyluk, 24.
Within minutes of the news about Sherif breaking, fans of the show took to Twitter in their droves to express their shock over his departure.
They wrote: ‘Sherif you’ve been a naughty boy #loveisland.’
‘Sherif has been booted out of the villa WHATTTTT.’
‘Sherif has been booted out of Love Island for breaking a rule that producers aren’t willing to disclose.
‘Presumably the rule was against saying “it is what it is” approximately eight trillion times per day.
‘Apparently Sherif’s been kicked out the bull and I swear to god if Anton and Anna become a thing I’ll be fuming, cba w that guy
‘#LoveIsland… Sherif has been booted out of the villa WHATTTTT… Unlucky Sherif mate x…
What’s going on? Before long, more viewers shared memes speculating as to what could have happened
‘Sherif has left this villa so does this mean we can get callum back in PLEASE #lovelsland… I wonder what Sherif did to get kicked off Love Island? #LoveIsland.’
Sherif’s departure is the second time a contestant has been ejected from the villa for poor behaviour – singer Malia Arkian was kicked out just hours after her arrival in 2016.
In the second series of the show, Malia became embroiled in a row with Kady McDermott over a glass of wine and Kady’s love interest Scott Thomas, with the fight turning physical.
Eager to know: The posts came thick and fast as the nation wondered what had happened
Just hours before Sherif’s scandalous departure, Kady took to Twitter to claim that Malia had punched her and caused a nosebleed during their argument in scenes she claims were censored by producers due to their graphic nature.
Malia furiously refuted the claims and branded Kady ‘a pathological liar’ in their ongoing spat which has raged on for three years.
ITV revealed back in May that the Love Island cast will have psychological help for 14 months after the show ends as they update their duty of care processes after the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.
Producers now offer extensive care before, during and after the reality show, including increased therapy, social media training and even financial management.
The first to go: Aircraft engineer Callum Macleod, 28, left the villa after five days after his partner Amber-Rose Gill, 21, dumped him in favour of Anton Danyluk, 24
Love Island have vowed they will work with GPs and psychological consultants to ensure hopeful contestants’ mental health are strong enough to take part.
A Love Island spokesperson said at the time: ‘The medical team also contacts each Islander’s GP to check they feel that person is able to take part.’
During filming, there is also a medical team who can be talked with at any time, and who monitor contestants to ensure they do not develop problems inside the villa.
When it comes to aftercare, Love Island ensure they give contestants a debrief on location with a psychological consultant.
Love Island: ITV has revealed key changes to their duty of care processes including enhanced psychological support and social media and financial training following reality star deaths (pictured Mike Thalassitis who passed away in March)
Tragic: Sophie Gradon, (pictured) who appeared in the 2016 show took her own life in June last year – Mike, who appeared on the 2017 show found dead in woodlands in March
Islanders are also given advice on adjusting to fame, and meet with a press team who go over any media coverage they had while on the show.
Producers also make sure each contestant has access to any other aftercare support if they need it, according to the publication.
Following the death of Sophie Gradon, who hanged herself at her family home last year, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, who also committed suicide, Love Island contacted experienced physician and Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield.
He independently reviewed the medical procedure the ITV show had in place to offer regular therapy to all contestants and not just the ones who reached out.
Now Islanders will be given social media training and financial management to help adjust to fame.
The spokesperson told the publication: ‘The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.’
LOVE ISLAND 2019: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Strictly speaking: Curtis is AJ Pritchard’s kid brother
Name: Curtis Pritchard
Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro
Claim To Fame: Curtis is a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland, and is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard
Thoughts On Dating: ‘I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five. I’ve never used a dating app. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake,’ he says
Ever Cheated? ‘I have cheated before. I will always be loyal from now on’
Exotic: Anna boasts a Middle-Eastern heritage
Name: Anna Vakili
Claim To Fame: ‘I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!’ she recalls
Marks Out Of 10? ‘I would rate myself an eight. My best feature is my eyes, I get compliments on my eyes a lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve had a compliment on my eyes’
She blinded me with science: Yewande has been unlucky in love
Name: Yewande Biala
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Thoughts On Love: Yewande says: ‘I don’t think there is a science to finding love and if there is then I have clearly been reading the wrong books’
Celebrity Crush: Anthony Joshua
In It To Win It? ‘I am a terrible flirt but I’m such a girly girl and I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there. I don’t think I’d be that type but never say never,’ she says
Too fast, too fury-ous: Tommy’s a boxer… like his brother
Name: Tommy Fury
Looking For? ‘Blonde hair, blue eyes, good tan, gym girl… Ariana Grande. That girl is fire!’
Claim To Fame: ‘It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve,’ Tommy says
Hot stuff: Fireman Michael wants to be ‘someone’s personal hero’
Name: Michael Griffiths
Marks Out Of Ten? ‘I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up,’ is Michael’s modest answer
Ever Cheated? ‘Once. It was a revenge cheat’
Up and away: Welsh Callum works in aviation
Name: Callum Macleod
Occupation: Aircraft Engineer
Location: South Wales
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I went to the cinema with a girl and she sat on a piece of chocolate that melted onto her leather trousers,’ Callum recalls. ‘She shot off to the toilet to clean them and didn’t come back for ages. I watched the majority of the film on my own. I later found her fretting in the toilets because she couldn’t get her trousers back on’
Cocky? Amber rates herself 10/10
Name: Amber Gill
Occupation: Beauty Therapist
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I was speaking to this guy and he lived in Manchester and I got the train down to see him,’ Amber recounts. ‘I was nervous because he was really good looking and a bit older than me. I had five Cosmopolitans in a can and I drank them on the train. When the train got to Manchester I got up and I was drunk! He was waiting for me at the train station and when I got off I fell through the gap between the train and platform. What an icebreaker though!’
Got talent? Amy has a crush on David Walliams and Simon Cowell
Name: Amy Hart
Occupation: Cabin Crew
Location: Worthing, Sussex
Celebrity Crushes: Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Simon Cowell. ‘You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them,’ Amy says
Claim To Fame: Amy once met Liam Payne and had a photo with him. When she posted it online she was bombarded with hate mail from One Directioners, who thought she was his new squeeze
Food of love: Sherif is a dab-hand in the kitchen
Name: Sherif Lanre
Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player
Worst traits: ‘Number one would be that I’m pretty outrageous, that can also translate to the bad side,’ Sherif says. ‘On top of that, I laugh at everything which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously. My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly’
Fitness first: Anton wants a girl who likes working out
Name: Anton Danyluk
Occupation: Gym Owner
Location: Airdrie, Scotland
Worst Date: ‘I bought myself a Porsche when I was 21, as you do! I picked a girl up in that and she started taking pictures when she was in the car and sending it to her friends. It shouldn’t matter what I was driving whether that be a Corsa or a Porsche so I finished the date right there’
Name: Joe Garratt
Occupation: Catering Company Owner
Marks Out Of 10? ‘Today, I reckon about an 8.5! In the mornings I’m probably like a low 8. I consistently stay around the 8s to 9s in my opinion. Maybe some days I go past the 9, when it’s a really good day…. a suit day. My best feature is my chat. I’m cheeky and a bit of a charmer. Looks wise, I’d say my best features are my teeth or curly hair’
Name: Lucie Donlan
Famous exes? ‘The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa. I’ve spoken to Joey Essex on and off because I love his personality, it’s so funny. Lookswise I like Jay Alvarrez. He surfs, skydives and he’s got amazing hair. I would marry him!’
Footballer’s ex: Molly-Mae Hague is looking for true love
Name: Molly-Mae Hague
Occupation: Social Media Influencer, ex-girlfriend of Leicester City’s James Maddison
Dating History: ‘ All the dates I’ve been on have been guys from Instagram. A few footballers have slid into my DMs. I’ve dated footballers, it’s all just superficial and on the surface. And then you get to know them and they’re just a bang average “Jack the Lad”.’