Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips defends being paid ‘taxpayer money’ to promote coronavirus trace app

The reality star was paid to promote the NHS Test and Trace scheme last month

The reality star has admitted she's upset over the news

Shaughna Phillips has defended being paid “taxpayer money” to promote the UK’s coronavirus trace app.

A host of Love Island stars were paid to promote the NHS Test and Trace app last month, which informs people when they’ve been in contact with someone with Covid-19.

Shaughna has since revealed she was called a “money grabber” for advertising the scheme on her Instagram.

Speaking to, she said: “It’s not fair. It’s no different to a television advert or newspaper advert…”

“I mean, I’ve worked for the council for four years before Love Island, so I’ve been getting paid by taxpayer money since 2017 and I am a taxpayer.”

Responding to rumours some celebs and influencers were paid up to £20,000 for promoting the app, Shaughna laughed: “If the numbers were as true as they were in the newspapers, I would have done it twice.”

“It’s one of them things where people just like to be outraged. Especially when there’s a face to it and they’ve got someone they can pick on.”

Shaughna continued: “I’m pretty tough-skinned. It’s actually strange. When people troll me for my looks or things like that, things like that don’t bother me.”


“But when they judge my character, it definitely hurts me a lot more. When they were saying I was a ‘money-grabber’ and stuff like that, that definitely hurt me more.”

The news comes after a debate recently sparked online over whether Irish influencers should be paid to promote COVID-19 restrictions.

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