Love Island bosses have insisted that those messages that seemed to “explain” Sherif’s departure from the show are fake.
On Tuesday, the ITV2 show confirmed that the 20-year-old had left the villa after “breaking the rules” – but they failed to explain what actually happened during last night’s episode.
Shortly after the episode aired, a screenshot of an Instagram message started circulating on social media, and it drove fans wild.
In the message, which seemed to come from Sherif’s official account, the Londoner blamed his co-star Anton Danyluk for his exit.
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.”
While many fans seemed to believe the screenshot, an ITV2 spokesperson has since confirmed that the messages are fake.
They told the MailOnline: “We have checked and these messages have not come from Sherif.”
It’s not known what “rules” Sherif broke specifically, but in a statement yesterday, the 20-year-old 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.”
“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,” he added.