New Love Island contestant admits she felt ‘uneasy’ watching last year’s show

She’s a biologist who ­specialises in finding cures for cancer, and started her university degree aged 16.

And friends of Love Island contestant Yewande Biala say she had “a lot of reservations” before joining the show – which featured someone who thought Brexit was the removal of trees.

The scientist, 23, whose role as a oncology vaccine specialist means she works in labs for up to 60 hours a week, admits she is looking to enjoy a “gap year”.

She says: “I went to uni when I was 16 and I’ve been in my industry ever since.

“My job will still be there. I definitely want to go back – I’ve been in college for five years so it would be such a waste to throw that all away.

“It would be nice to meet someone, get new experiences and do something different.”

The Dubliner is set to enter the Love Island villa on Monday night but had reservations about going on the ITV2 show.

She also admitted to friends she felt “uneasy” about the ­treatment of Samira Mighty , a black female contestant from last year.

School pal Eileen Tope said: “We discussed it because she was going, ‘Should I do it? Should I not?’ I said, ‘Go for it.’

“She had a lot of reservations, what would people think and obviously the racism which is what we are seeing now. It’s ridiculous. It’s 2019 and people are saying really terrible things.

“Seeing how Samira got treated made her uneasy.

“But she thought it could be different. She’s black and proud and she’s not going to let anyone stop her.”

Last year fans accused ITV of editing out ­Samira’s relationship with Frankie Foster including a night in the “Hideaway” area.

When Frankie was sent home, she quit to be with him, leaving viewers baffled.

Yewande admits she finds it hard to trust in a relationship after being cheated on, and says her mum has threatened to change the locks if she has sex.

She has a first class degree in biotechnology and a master’s.

Meanwhile, presenter Caroline Flack, 39, posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “Got some killer tan lines”.

  • Love Island returns on ITV2 at 9pm on Monday.

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