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CELEB HATE ISLAND; Paradise reality show becomes a nest of vipers and even the presenters can't stand each other Kelly and Kielty in furious bust-ups Stars see doc as mosquitoes swarm 4-letter sex-mad Paul sent to a shrink.

Byline: From JAMES DESBOROUGH TV Editor in Fiji

CELEBRITY Love Island has turned into a hate-fuelled nest of vipers in which presenters and contestants are constantly at each others throats, The People can reveal.

Lust and jealousy are fraying tempers on the ITV1 reality show - and a psychologist has twice had to step in and calm down ranting and tearful stars.

To make morale worse, the island paradise setting in Fiji is infested with bugs and two contestants have needed treatment for mosquito bites. Worried producers are concealing the worst of the simmering anger from viewers. But in its first week the ailing series has seen:

-SPATS between presenters Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook, who now rarely speak off-camera.

-STRIFE as frustrated ex-Hollyoaks star Paul Danan vainly pleaded with Lady Isabella Hervey for sex.

-RAGE as she turned him down and he launched into a foul-mouthed tirade.

Trouble flared because glamour model Kelly, 25, hid from ITV bosses the fact that she once had a romance with Paul. Irish comic Patrick, 34, discovered her secret while chatting to Paul - and took a cocky swipe at her live on-screen.

As a tape played about Paul's failure to woo Isabella, Patrick stared at Kelly and quipped: "That's one of Paul Danan's longer relationships, eh Kelly."

Embarrassed Kelly uncomfortably mumbled: "What are you talking about?" before coldly walking away from the Fame Academy star. As the credits rolled, the pair hardly looked at each other.

Patrick has also infuriated Kelly by mocking the title of consultant producer she was given after wowing show bosses with her ideas.

An ITV insider said: "Kelly is paranoid about anyone knowing about her relationship with Paul. So when Patrick hinted at it on live TV, she took it the wrong way. They had a bust-up off-camera with her accusing him of taking the mickey out of her. Patrick just laughed it off.

"Since then the pair have hardly spoken and you can even see the frostiness when they're together on camera. Now after every show Patrick can't wait to get out of there. He jumps on a boat and heads to his hotel to get away from her."

Love Island producers had high hopes of steamy romance - but so far only Paul, 24, has tried. While locked up in the Love Shack he made a pass at Isabella, 22, who flatly refused him.

Infuriated Paul stormed at Isabella: "Everyone is in here for a f*** so why don't we f***? What's wrong with it? That's what this show's about. I thought you said you fancied me. This is Celebrity f****** Love Island for f*** sake. What did you think it was, f****** sunbathe f****** island?"

He later went on: "She's a f****** stuck up cow. She's scared." After 20 minutes concerned producers called in psychologist Rachel Morris - who had already spent the first evening persuading GMTV presenter Jayne Middlemiss, 35, not to go home.

Ex-EastEnders actress Judi Shekoni, 27, who has been voted off the show, later commented that Paul was sex mad. She said: "If sex with a coconut counts Paul will be the first. If a palm tree was standing still for long enough he would try it on."

Meanwhile, Jayne has been at the centre of a vicious battle with man-hungry Abi Titmuss for the affections of Lee Sharpe. Flirty Abi, 29, moved in on former footballer Lee, 33, and jealous Jayne blubbed as they canoodled in front of her.

Abi toyed with the soccer star, stroking his hair and making bitchy comments about Jayne, like: "You're not her property." Gutted Jayne confronted Abi in the girls' toilet, where tempers flared.

Jayne later said: "Abi is using Lee because she knows I like him. She's a big fat slag and I want to crunch her face in."

The bust-up stemmed from a bitter catfight between the two girls over Little Britain star David Walliams. Jayne dated the comic days after Abi split with him.

Meanwhile, while viewers are treated to shot of the stars lounging in luxury villas, the reality is different.

Both Judi and Paul have been treated for mosquito bites. At one stage Paul could not sit down because of the bites on his backside. And terrified ex-EastEnder Michael Greco had to be given oxygen by medics after a 100mph speedboat challenge.

Judi has been evicted but Abi feared she would be the one to go. She admitted: "I've come across as a nasty bitch."

A spokeswoman for makers Granada said: "Kelly has had her consultant producer title from the beginning. We offered Patrick a similar credit but he didn't want it. We are delighted with their chemistry. They are good mates. Patrick's ribbing of Kelly and her putdowns are fantastic. They are a great partnership."

-KELLY had a sex frolic with fiance Billy Zane in Fiji, The People can reveal. When Titanic actor Billy visited her on Thursday they flew to six islands - bonking on each one.



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Date:May 22, 2005
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