ITV breaks silence over claims of Love Island star's 'secret boyfriend'

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Love Island's new bombshell Harriett Blackmore faced rumours of having a beau back home just as she was about to sashay into the villa. However, ITV has now hit back at the rumours, confirming that she's actually been single since January after ending things with her ex.

ITV recently announced the fresh batch of Islanders set to spice up our screens in the upcoming series of the hit ITV2 show. Among them is 24-year-old Harriett, a dancer and personal shopper who's all about that 'IT girl' life.

The rumour mill went into overdrive with whispers that Harriett had a secret squeeze, but it turns out she's been single since the start of the year. Social media detectives were quick to point fingers, with one user writing on X, formerly known as Twitter: "She's one of Saffron Barker's best friends and I always see her with her man."

"Like literally recently I've seen a story of her and her man, so I'm confused."

Another chimed in with: "She had a boyfriend who she put on her IG story very recently," reports the Mirror. And yet another added under a post about Harriett: "She has a bf which she posted two days ago and his name is Josh."

But ITV has clapped back at the gossip, stating that Harriett and her former flame called it quits this year after a three-year romance. A spokesperson for ITV clarified to the Mirror: "Harriett broke up with her partner of three years in January, and has been single since then. The pair have maintained contact but the relationship ended at the beginning of the year."

The personal shopper is set to sizzle on our screens this summer as she joins the Love Island line-up. Harriett gushed about her upcoming appearance on the hit ITV2 show, hosted by the fabulous Maya Jama: "For the boys, entertainment, a bit of fun and flirting. I'll definitely up the flirting. For the girls, I'm a really good friend."

Maya Jama shows off her figure ahead of hosting duties
Harriett is bringing "entertainment for everyone" in this year's villa

She's all about bringing joy and a touch of sass to the villa, promising: "I'll bring the entertainment for everyone in the Villa, whether that's making the girls laugh or making the boys turn their heads, I'm sure that I'll bring the drama."

With a social circle that includes YouTube sensation Saffron Barker, who regularly pops up with sweet comments on Harriett's Instagram snaps, it's clear she's no stranger to the spotlight.

Harriett spoke about her friendship with the Strictly star, saying Saffron is "one of her best friends". She also dished on her brush with fame, revealing she's worked her fashion magic for none other than Brighton's rap sensation Arrdee, adding another layer to her cool credentials.

Love Island returns on Monday at 9pm on ITV1 and ITV2.