LOVE ISLAND beauties Liberty Poole and Kaz Kamwi have been left terrified after being held up at knifepoint in Los Angeles.
Passers-by alerted cops when the reality TV pair were targeted by a crazed 40-year-old woman.
Two men nearby were able to jump to their defence on Thursday night and apprehend the attacker.
A source told us: “Liberty and Kaz had been just heading to a party and got out of their car in the wrong part of the neighbourhood.
“Out of the blue, this woman appeared with a knife and threatened them.
“Liberty and Kaz were obviously shocked and terrified — especially because guns are legal in the US.
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“But fortunately for them, two men who had been walking past came to their rescue and called the police.
“The girls have been left shaken up by the incident and are just surprised that it happened to them.
“But they’re grateful that the two men were in the right place at the right time, to help them.”
BFFs Liberty and Kaz, who met in the Love Island villa during last summer’s series, are in the US after attending the Coachella music festival in California’s Colorado Desert last month and have been enjoying a holiday in Tinseltown.
The insider added: “They’re now determined to put the scary incident behind them for the rest of their once-in-a-lifetime trip.”
A spokesman for each of the women declined to comment.
Single Liberty, who recently also appeared on Dancing On Ice, signed a £1million deal with online retailer In The Style to become the brand’s latest ambassador.
Kaz is still single after splitting from fellow Love Islander Tyler Cruickshank in December after three months of dating.
Speaking after the split, she said: “I gave 100 per cent and I don’t think I was fully appreciated, but that’s just life.”
She has created a successful career as a fashion influencer and has recently done charity work with Shelter and The Big Issue.
We hope the rest of their trip is memorable for better reason.
ANT & DEC DRAG ITV BOSSES TO PARTY
ANT & DEC’s drag makeover on ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway earlier this year, right, thrilled viewers – and has got cogs at the channel in motion.
We can reveal that bosses have commissioned a new drag contest show called Queen Of The Night, to air later this year.
It comes hot on the high heels of the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race, on the BBC.
ITV’s new primetime offering will see a cast of celebs brave makeovers and perform to a panel of judges and a studio audience who will vote for their favourite act.
A source said: “It’s set to be one of the funniest shows this year.
“Producers can’t wait to see the acts perform.
“Everybody is staying tight lipped about the judges and contestants but some of those being considered would leave jaws hanging.”
If they’ve got any sense, they’ll pick up the phone to Danny Dyer.
OVEN’S SHAKE NIGELLA
NIGELLA LAWSON has banned herself from mentioning microwaves – after a furore over the way she pronounced the word.
The TV cook jokily told viewers of her BBC2 show Cook, Eat, Repeat in 2020 that she was warming milk in the “meecro-wah-vey”.
But she says: “It has ruined it for me now. I have to call it the ‘you know what’.
“The Americans didn’t get it. They thought I actually pronounced it like that.
“I didn’t realise I was saying it, ’cause it’s just how I do it at home.”
During a podcast in Oz, she also criticised social media. She said: “I object to fashion in food.
“You can’t always make things Instagram-worthy. It’s also about taste.”
PRETTY LIZZO THING
SINGER LIZZO has agreed a £1.5million deal with the British online clothing retailer Pretty Little Thing to release her own range of clobber promoting body positivity.
The American sensation is joining forces with PLT to release a bright and vibrant collection of garms.
A source said: “It’s an exciting campaign for the British retailer, as Lizzo is a world-famous act and has an amazing outlook to body positivity.
“She always inspires so many people during her gigs with her messages of empowerment.
“She has an amazing sense of style and is bound to create some stunning pieces.”
Good As Hell singer Lizzo previously discussed her vibe with Vogue magazine, saying: “My style was politicised because of the things that I wore.
“Being a big black woman wearing what I wore on stage was instantly political and it made a statement.
“I’m grateful for that.
“It was annoying at first, but I’m so grateful to be a part of moving the conversation in fashion forward for bigger bodies and black women.”
FERNE: ARG A LOSER
FERNE McCANN is chuffed for her Towie star pal James Argent after he lost 14 stone thanks to his gastric sleeve.
Ex-Towie Ferne told us: “We speak daily. I’ll never forget him coming to my house and I had to help tie his shoes.
“I’ve got a video of him doing this plane thing with my daughter, holding her up – he was sat down and so out of breath.
“Now he looks amazing.”
But ahead of Wednesday’s return to ITVBe of Ferne McCann: First Time Mum, she said she could never date Arg.
She said: “We’re like brother and sister.”