Olivia Bowen accused of flouting lockdown rules after Alex’s stepdad is spotted on her Instagram

Olivia Bowen has been accused of flouting lockdown rules after Alex’s stepdad was spotted in the background of her Instagram stories.

The Love Island star, 27, played dumb when an upset fan contacted her about a family member outside of her household appearing to be at the couple’s Essex mansion on Sunday – but Olivia told her ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ 

Alex, 29, whose family is from Wolverhampton, appeared to have his stepdad visit this weekend – despite families being unable to mix indoors as a result of the current national lockdown.

'People breaking the rules is just so unfair': Olivia Bowen has been accused of flouting lockdown rules after Alex's stepdad was spotted in the background of her Instagram stories

'People breaking the rules is just so unfair': Olivia Bowen has been accused of flouting lockdown rules after Alex's stepdad was spotted in the background of her Instagram stories

‘People breaking the rules is just so unfair’: Olivia Bowen has been accused of flouting lockdown rules after Alex’s stepdad was spotted in the background of her Instagram stories 

On Sunday, Olivia shared a now-deleted Instagram story of her smiling alongside the caption: ‘Does anyone else just get so happy in the sun?’

But fans were quick to notice a man in the background of the post they believed to be Alex’s stepdad.

One fan confronted Olivia on the apparent rule break, messaging her directly on Instagram to voice her concerns.

She said: ‘Hi, just wondering why you have people outside of your family at your house? I would love to be able to see my family and seeing other people breaking the rules is just so unfair.’

Spotted: Alex, whose family is from Wolverhampton, appeared to have his stepdad visit despite families being unable to mix indoors as a result of the current national lockdown

Spotted: Alex, whose family is from Wolverhampton, appeared to have his stepdad visit despite families being unable to mix indoors as a result of the current national lockdown

Spotted: Alex, whose family is from Wolverhampton, appeared to have his stepdad visit despite families being unable to mix indoors as a result of the current national lockdown 

'What person?': Olivia played dumb when an upset fan contacted her about a family member outside of her household appearing to be at the couple's Essex mansion on Sunday

'What person?': Olivia played dumb when an upset fan contacted her about a family member outside of her household appearing to be at the couple's Essex mansion on Sunday

‘What person?’: Olivia played dumb when an upset fan contacted her about a family member outside of her household appearing to be at the couple’s Essex mansion on Sunday

Olivia responded: ‘Not sure what you’re talking about’ while the fan continued: ‘The person in the background of your latest story.’

‘What person?’ Olivia said, to which the fan replied: ‘Alex’s stepdad.’ Olivia said: ‘Haven’t seen anyone.’

The fan probed: ‘Do you not think acting ignorant is just selfish? Like I’ve not even been rude,’ prompting Olivia to say: ‘I’m not because I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ 

Olivia quickly removed the incriminating Instagram story from her profile.

A spokesman for the couple told MailOnline Alex’s stepdad is a ‘carpenter by trade who has been doing some joinery woodwork, alone, for their house this weekend.’ 

The couple, who met on Love Island in 2016, were called out on Sunday night for being one of many reality stars to be claiming handouts through the coronavirus furlough scheme. 

Married: The Love Island couple were called out on Sunday night for being one of many reality stars to be claiming handouts through the coronavirus furlough scheme

Married: The Love Island couple were called out on Sunday night for being one of many reality stars to be claiming handouts through the coronavirus furlough scheme

Married: The Love Island couple were called out on Sunday night for being one of many reality stars to be claiming handouts through the coronavirus furlough scheme 

They appear on a government list of claimants with their business OAB Fashion Ltd despite being believed to be Love Island’s biggest earners with a combined net worth of approximately £4.4million.

2017 Islander Gabby Allen, 28, also came under fire for taking government money for ‘amusement and recreation activities’ firm GDA Enterprises Ltd, despite being worth an estimated £1.3million. 

Olivia previously slammed her fellow reality stars for ‘flaunting’ their foreign holidays online – and making the pandemic harder for everyone else at home. 

Speaking to MailOnline this month, Olivia said: ‘You have to make sure you are going out there for the right purposes, like for work and I do feel there’s a lot of flaunting going on, which makes it harder for everyone. 

‘You don’t have to share; do you know what I mean? You don’t have to share you in a bikini on the beach.

‘It’s just not a necessary thing and it doesn’t look like work. It’s a hard one but at the end of the day people are going to do what they want and we’ve just got to let them get on with it.’

Her comments came after TOWIE’s Yazmin Oukhellou, 26, had continued to post bikini pictures of herself on Instagram despite claiming she relocated to Dubai for ‘work purposes.’ 

Prime minister Boris Johnson is preparing to unveil England’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in a statement to Commons on Monday afternoon.

Though many restrictions, including mixing indoors, and pubs and restaurants being closed, are thought to be remaining in place until at least May. 

'It doesn't look like work': Olivia previously slammed her fellow reality stars for 'flaunting' their foreign holidays online – and making the pandemic harder for everyone else at home

'It doesn't look like work': Olivia previously slammed her fellow reality stars for 'flaunting' their foreign holidays online – and making the pandemic harder for everyone else at home

‘It doesn’t look like work’: Olivia previously slammed her fellow reality stars for ‘flaunting’ their foreign holidays online – and making the pandemic harder for everyone else at home