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's Coco Lodge has hit out at claims the girls were bullied by the male stars of the show, insisting the cast are all 'strong friends'.
The dating show has been the subject of more than 5,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom in the past two weeks, relating to alleged 'misogynistic behaviour' and 'bullying' by some of the male contestants.
However, Coco, 27, is adamant that what may have been perceived as bullying by viewers, is a misrepresentation of the actual interactions between the cast, insisting one male accused of exhibiting bullying behaviour on the show actually stood up for her during a nerve-racking recoupling.
Speaking out: Love Island's Coco Lodge, 27, has hit out at claims the girls were bullied by the male stars of the show, insisting the cast are all 'strong friends'
She told Scott McGlynn on : 'I don't think anyone's a bully in there or has been bullying anyone, honestly.

You see such a small snippet of the show and first aid gold coast we all got on so well and no one is bullying anyone.
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'Obviously there's banter between everyone because you get to know people very quickly and you have jokes with people.
'The ones who everyone's saying are bullying, they've been in there weeks.

It's such a small edit. Everyone's such strong friends at that point, I think it's just been massively taken out of context.
Confident: Coco is adamant that what may have been perceived as bullying by viewers, is a misrepresentation of the actual interactions between the cast
Finding out what's what: Coco spoke to Scott McGlynn on Celebrity Skin Talk
'To call someone a bully is a very strong word and they're definitely not bullying.

They're all friends in there. When I was in there I did not see any bullying.'
She added: 'No one's in there as a bully. Some of the people that people are saying are bullying, one of those people really stood up for me at one point at a recoupling when Deji had to pick me when I was the last girl standing.
'One of the guys everyone is saying is a bully and he's not, people started laughing when I was standing there on my own and he was like, "Guys, what are you doing, Coco's standing up there alone. It's not fair." He really stood up for me.
Complaints: ITV boss Kevin Lygo has said the broadcaster will 'sit down and review' Love Island when the series ends next week
'So for me, this person is not a bully, he doesn't bully anyone in there.

He does like to say it how it is and why shouldn't he?'
It comes after  boss Kevin Lygo said the broadcaster will 'sit down and first aid gold coast review' when the series ends next week.
The ITV2 dating show has been the subject of more than 5,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom in the past two weeks, relating to alleged 'misogynistic behaviour' and 'bullying' by some of the male contestants.
Viewer backlash: The dating show has been the subject of more than 5,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom in the past two weeks
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