Love Island is back for a fifth season and this year the Islanders look set to cause more trouble than ever.

But one thing that has really got fans talking about the new cast is the speculation that a reality TV crossover is taking place!

So who is new Love Islander Michael and why do people think they’ve seen him on other shows?

Pictured: Michael Griffiths.

Meet Michael Griffiths…

Michael is a 27-year-old firefighter from Liverpool.

This cheeky chap considers him a 10/10 and has branded himself a “hero” because of his careerpath…

But it is not his job which has sparked discussion, but a comparison to another reality TV star…

Who does Michael remind fans of?

Fans have taken to Twitter to question the similarity between new Love Islander Michael and star of both Ibiza Weekender and Celebs Go Dating, Callum Izzard.

But while the internet seemed to agree they shared more similarities than differences, Callum Izzard took to Instagram to clear up the confusion.

While Callum admits he’s flattered as he’s a “good looking lad”, he explained in his story how he was offended by the comparison.

Callum says the comparison is “the most racist thing ever” in a series of Instagram stories and goes on to compare two of his caucasian friends asking “does he look like him?”. He concludes stating “he’s mixed race, that’s it” and that they look “nothing alike”!

Screenshot: Instagram

Similarities and differences

We thought we’d lay out the confusion by highlighting some of their similarities and where fans have got muddled…

Nose ring

Both men have a nose piercing and unfortunately for us, they are both on the left side… It doesn’t help that Michael has swapped his stud for a ring, just like Callum.

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Rare photo of me smiling mid-tattoo sitting! ???????⛽️⛽️????❤️❤️

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Callum and Michael both are heavily tatted.

But Callum is tattooed all over his upper body, arms and even stretching to his neck, whereas Michael is only tattooed on his chest.

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⛽️ If insta starts lagging tonight … probs this ?????? @deauxofficial @andrewmcleanphoto ??

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Cheeky smile

But it seems that the similarities can be seen most clearly between the two when we look at their cheeky smiles.

Both men always seem to be captured laughing and their fun, easy-going personalities seem to be comparable to some extent.


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