Love Island star Olivia Attwood has hit out at her Influencer pals for claiming they are ‘working’ in sunnier climes during the global pandemic.
As a long line of her Love Island co-stars and other Instagram influencers remain in Dubai, Olivia took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday from her Manchester home to criticise them for claiming they are working abroad.
Olivia’s video comes as it was revealed that travellers returning to the UK from the UAE will have to quarantine following a 52 per cent surge in the number of COVID -19 cases there – an undoubted shock for the influencer-packed city.
Celebrating the first sunny day in her home city in weeks, the Love Island star, 29, joked she would have to go on holiday to shoot content for her 1.9m Instagram followers because of the lack of good weather.
Had enough: Love Island star Olivia Attwood has hit out at her Influencer pals for claiming they are ‘working hard’ in sunnier climes during the global pandemic
‘Being an influencer is actually really hard and I can’t create content for you guys here, so I am going to have to go on holiday but don’t worry I will keep referring to it as ‘work,’ the tongue-in-cheek video began.
Later, Olivia elaborated, telling her followers: ‘Oh my god I sound like an actual hater. Do you know what it is right, it’s just this meme that’s been going around which is making influencers, and it’s not all of them it’s only a few, look so bad.’
‘It’s the constant “I’m working, not on holiday” shout. There is a difference from being able to earn money wherever you are are to being there for work,’ the star pointed out.
Olivia explained that she has never pretended a holiday with her footballer fiancé Bradley Dack, 27, is a work trip, saying: ‘Whenever I go on holiday I’ll post content which I can monetise.
Abroad: As a long line of her Love Island co-stars and other Instagram influencers remain in Dubai, Olivia took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday from her Manchester home (pictured fellow Love Islander Laura Anderson who is currently in Dubai)
‘I’m still on holiday. I don’t go “Oh me and Brad have had the most amazing week in Portugal but don’t worry I was flat out working”. You just sound so stupid.’
Olivia did admit she would be tempted to escape the gloomy UK weather and the ongoing lockdowns at some point though, explaining: ‘And on top of that you’ve got the ones going “Oh we’re all in this together, this is our struggle”.
‘No it’s not. You’re on holiday and to be fair I don’t f**king blame you.’
‘If this goes on for another six months I’m not going to say that I wouldn’t potentially be tempted to take a trip, because I probably f**king would.’
But she promised never to deceive her followers. ‘I just feel like it’s giving a whole load of people a bad reputation when actually some people have just gone away and put their hands up and been like “yeah I’m on holiday”.’
Rant: ‘It’s the constant “I’m working, not on holiday” shout. There is a difference from being able to earn money wherever you are are to being there for work,’ the star pointed out
Sunnier climes: Olivia didn’t name any specific influencers but told her followers that ‘in the last 24 hours, people have legit been on their Stories going “you don’t know how hard it is to be an Influencer”‘ (pictured Love Island star Amber Gill who is currently in Dubai)
‘So many of my friends and family members are away and I’m just like you do you.
‘Nothing about the way they’ve handled it has really triggered me but then some things in the last 24 hours, people legit on their Stories going “you don’t know how hard it is to be an Influencer”.
‘People are losing their family members daily, people can’t pay their rent, people’s life-long businesses are crumbling around them and you’re on your Stories on the beach telling us we don’t know how hard it is.’
Touching on her own experiences over the past year, the blonde continued: ‘I’m not saying my pandemic has been a genuine struggle, I still have a roof over my head’.
‘If I decide to bail out of this s**tshow in a few months. don’t all hate on me. I’m not gonna say I’m never going away again, but I won’t be telling you I’m going for work, I’m just gonna be honest.’
Tough: Olivia did admit she would be tempted to escape the gloomy UK weather and the ongoing lockdowns at some point though, declaring: I don’t f**king blame you’ (pictured Love Island star Francesca Allen who is currently in Dubai)
Earlier this month Olivia disclosed that she has successfully battled both the novel coronavirus and the H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu.
Taking to her Instagram Stories on New Year’s Day, she told followers that her best friend was hospitalised after they contracted swine flu while on holiday in Cyprus, while she also managed to ‘survive Covid’.
‘Girls, Thomas Cook said don’t go, we were like, “No, it’ll be fine”. We pretty much all caught swine flu,’ she explained.
‘My best friend was hospitalised in Cyprus for like two weeks, we had to leave her and her dad had to come out and look after her.
‘It was not fun, so I can say that I’ve survived Covid and swine flu. I dunno if that looks bad on me or good on me.’
It was revealed this week that travellers returning to the UK from the UAE will have to quarantine following a 52 per cent surge in the number of COVID -19 cases there.
New rules will require international travellers to come back negative after a PCR test before arriving in England, which will come into force from Friday.
From 4am on January 15, passengers arriving by boat, train or plane – including UK nationals – will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country.
They will need to present proof of a negative test result – using a PCR test or on some occasions a LAMP or lateral flow test – to their carrier on boarding while the UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrivals.
At home: Olivia has remained at the Manchester home she shares with her footballer fiancé Bradley Dack, but has admitted it’s been a struggle to shoot content for Instagram in the UK
New arrivals who flout the rules will face a minimum £500 fine, while the operator who transported them will also be fined.
Passengers will still have to quarantine for 10 days regardless of their test results, transport minister Robert Courts said in a statement.
British nationals attempting to return home who test positive must not travel and must follow the local guidance in their host country, and contact the nearest consulate if they need support.
It comes as travellers returning to the UK from the UAE will have to quarantine following a 52 per cent surge in the number of Covid-19 cases there.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah have been added to the UK’s quarantine list – meaning social media stars at the Middle Eastern holiday hotspot will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Big revelation: Earlier this month Olivia disclosed that she has successfully battled both the novel coronavirus and the H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu