Sam Bailey hits out at Love Island after the show made her 12-year-old ‘want to go on a diet’

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  • X Factor winner Sam Bailey has revealed that watching Love Island has made her daughter want to go on a diet.

    The ITV show saw men and women battle it out to find the love of their life and win the grand prize, but some, including Sam, have criticised the show for not showing a true perception of the average woman – especially to the younger generation watching it.

    The singer, 40, who appeared on the Lorraine show, said to presenter Christine Bleakley: ‘It would be nice to see some more plumper ladies in things like that.’

    ‘Love Island is great – everyone in it is stunning and beautiful and thin – but the reason I’m starring in Fat Friends is to let everyone know it’s OK to be the size that you are.’

    ‘It’s OK to be real. But then Love Island – my daughter is like “Oh I’ve got a bit of fat, I need to go on a diet”.’

    ‘She’s 12 and it really frustrates me.’

    The show, which has just finished its third series saw contestants Amber and Kem win the show and take the prize money. However, even Love Island host Caroline Flack believes that the show portrays an unrealistic body image for young girls.

    The presenter told the Telegraph: ‘I guess it is, really, isn’t it? I have nothing to do with the casting so I can’t say why they pick certain people, but the type of people that apply are already quite body confident, I guess.’

    However, singer Sam said after a chat with her daughter, she feels reassured: ‘She gets it now. She knows she’s still growing and is going to be beautiful when she’s older regardless.’

    Sam, who has three children Tommy, Brooke and Miley, has been touring with various stage shows and is currently in the musical version of Fat Friends.