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Love Island's first same-sex couple met with mixed reactions, but not for the reason you may think

Cassie and Phoebe are making reality TV history but not everyone's happy.

By Alex Lilly
On Monday night's episode of Love Island Australia we had a first when Phoebe announced that she wanted to couple up with Cassie, making them the show's first same-sex couple.
And while many were cheering to see the two women follow their hearts, others weren't too happy seeing as it was the reason Sam was sent home.
"I want to couple up with this person because as soon as I walked into the villa I noticed them straight away," Phoebe said in the recoupling ceremony.
"They're pretty much the only person in the villa I had a sexual attraction to. It took me by surprise but every time I talk to this person I just feel like we have so much in common and nothing is ever awkward."
And fans of the show were delighted, voicing their thoughts on social media.
"It took me by surprise but every time I talk to this person I just feel like we have so much in common and nothing is ever awkward." (Image: Nine Network)
"My prayers have been answered, lesbian island is here," one penned.
"MY HEARTT IS SOOO FULLLLLL," another exclaimed while many others simply commented with love heart emojis and pride flags.
However, not everyone was stoked with many saying that their decision was responsible for international DJ Sam to go home.
"Ruined it, Sam would still be here," one person wrote.
"Sam got kicked off the show because of ur selfish choice," another commented.
Phoebe and Cassie's decision to pursue their feelings left mixed reactions. (Image: Nine Network)
Neither Phoebe or Cassie has been in a relationship with a woman before but both admitted that they felt a certain something.
"I came in here to be myself so I guess I've just got to go with that and not be too scared about things," Cassie admitted in Monday night's episode.
"I don't want to regret anything I just want to go for whatever instincts I have."
Phoebe herself mused: "It's a lot for me because this is something so new for me, none of the boys do it for me, I'm not going to fake it. It's about me and doing what's best for me, it's not about anyone else."
"I don't want to regret anything I just want to go for whatever instincts I have." (Image: Nine Network)
This same-sex couple makes a remarkably more low-key statement than previous reality same-sex relationships.
Channel Ten came under fire last year for queerbaiting when a Bachelor in Paradise trailer insinuated that Megan Marx and Elora Tahiti kissed when in reality it was the long-haired Thomas Perras.
Megan herself said she was "disappointed" that her bisexuality had been exploited.
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And when fellow islander Adam encouraged Cassie and Phoebe to go for it by telling them "you're not signing your life away," it was a refreshing stance on same-sex relationships.
"My opinion is they don't know how it's going to go until they actually have a crack at it. And if it's what they want to do right now then why not do it because you can worry about if it works later."
And now it seems that Adam is the unlikely breakout star of Love Island 2019 with many praising him for his wise and kind words.
"Where's the fan page for this beauty!!!!" one follower asked.
"First impression he was a flog but I'm putting it down to nerves - he is easily the BEST guy in the villa," another remarked.

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