Love Island fans furious as Shaughna Phillips and Josh Denzel fly on exotic trips after promoting test and trace


LOVE Island alumni Shaughna Phillips and Josh Denzel are in hot water with their fans for jetting off to exotic locations during the Covid pandemic.

Fans of Shaughna, 26 and Josh, 29, were fuming the pair took lavish holidays after they were paid using taxpayer cash to tell followers testing is “free, quick and vital to stop the spread”.

Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips, 26, has come under fire for travelling to Dubai after getting paid to promote the test and trace app

No10 has not confirmed how much the stars were paid but a social media expert told the newspaper they could usually rake in up to £10,000 for an ad post.

While those with smaller followers can command between £150 and £200.

Shaughna’s fans blasted her as “hypocritical” after flaunting her decadent ‘business’ trip to Dubai.

The Londoner posed by a hotel in a fluoro orange bikini and white robe after urging Brits to download the app.

As is Josh Denzel who recently went to Barbados with his girlfriend, Ruby Wong

Fans labelled the pair as ‘hypocrites’ for travelling during the pandemic

Shaughna was recently spotted with a mystery man

She posted this ad on her Instagram in August, encouraging people to get the track and trace app

In August, posted an ad to her 1.5million followers – weeks after she was pictured on a group night out in Marbella.

She said: “Guys I want to remind you about the importance of coronavirus testing and that it’s totally free, quick and is vital to stop the spread of coronavirus.”

While Josh told his 1.2million followers to get tested to “get back to the good times”.

But he was recently living the good life in Barbados with girlfriend, Ruby Wong.

As did Josh

Josh kept his followers up to date with his luxurious antics on the Caribbean island, including swimming in an infinity pool and meeting local wildlife.

The couple are now back in the UK, with Josh recently posting a workout to his Instagram stories.

None of the stars revealed how much they were paid for the ads.

Shaughna rose to fame on the 2020 edition of Love Island

Josh and Ruby have been together for about two years

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, at the time blasted: “Z-list celebrities should not be paid to push messages which plenty of people have been doing free of charge.

“If these influencers want to help with the Covid campaign, they should promote the message for free.”

HOAR has reached out to Josh and Shaughna’s representatives for comment.

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