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”.

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.




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.

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.


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.”

The Sun has reached out to Josh and Shaughna's representatives for comment.

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