Love Island 2019 hasn’t even begun yet, but one of its newly announced contestants is already caught up in controversy.
Beauty therapist Amber Gill, 21, has been forced to deny that she is racist after an old social media post recently resurfaced.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the new islander from Newcastle wrote: “I don’t like black guys,” as she was pictured dancing in a nightclub with a black man standing beside her.
Sticking her fingers up to the camera, she captioned the image: “I see you staring at me all night. First of all I don’t like black guys.”
She also wrote over the image: “Look at my face. U know I’m about to boot off.”
Gill’s representative has since rubbished claims that she is racist, stating that the social media post had been taken out of context and that the man in the picture reminded her of her dad, who is from Trinidad and Tobago.
They told Metro: “We deleted the post as it was being taken out of context in regards to what actually happened.
“The guy was pestering Amber all evening, and she said he was old enough to be her Dad, so was referring to ‘I don’t date black guys’ because he reminded her of her own father.
“The next part of the story stated this, but as the whole thing was being taken out of context we simply deleted.
“Obviously, she’s not racist — her own father is from Trinidad/Tobego. She just didn’t want to date someone that looked the double of her Dad.”