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Love Island star Sharon Gaffka has been open about her families feelings about her appearance on the reality show.
Before going into the show, the 25-year-old civil servant from Oxford revealed that her mum and dad had their reservations about her application.
Neither had seen an episode of Love Island previously meaning that Sharon and her siblings had to share clips from the previous years to give them an idea of what she’d signed up for.
In June 2021 she told the Mail Online : "I have a younger brother, my parents haven't really watched the show but my brother and his friends do.
"We had to sit them down and get them to watch an episode and talk through things."
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Needless to say, that both Robert and Linda Gaffka were shocked by some of the antics featured on the ITV2 show.
"For my mum, it was a bit of a shock and it took my dad a bit of coming round and getting used to."
However, they did eventually get used to the idea and by the time Sharon entered the villa, she says she had their full support.
She insisted that they are "really supportive and excited for me".
It’s believed Sharon’s parents are of Polish and Indonesian heritage judging by the flags featured in the TV star’s Twitter biography.
While she has been open about the difficulties she’s faced as a result of being a mixed-race woman.
A previous Twitter statement read: "As a mixed-race woman, it's a constant battle to get people to hear and understand your lived experiences as a woman and as a BAME individual."
Sharon continued: "I am not who I am because I’m there to tick diversity boxes. I am a person, with feelings, with knowledge and with experience."
"If the pill is hard to swallow it’s because the truth hurts."
Meanwhile, Sharon has said that she has no plans to earn a living from her Love Island status and intends to return to her old job in the civil service following the show.
Sharon said: "For me, focusing on potential fame isn't something I've thought a lot about. I'm just going in to find love and meet the right person, hopefully."
Love Island continues at 9pm on ITV2 and is also available on ITVHub.
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