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Jacques O’Neill claims Love Island bosses tried to make him stay as he sobbed to leave

Jacques O’Neill has instructed how he left the Love Island villa over fears he’d lose management however claims bosses tried to make him stay.

The actuality character, 23, determined to take away himself following the arrival of Adam Collard, 26, as he declared: ‘Love Island was the worst choice of my life.’

Jacques was rattled by the arrival of former contestant Adam, who set his sights on the rugby participant’s partner Paige Thorne, 24, earlier than telling his fellow Islanders that the sportsman was ‘immature’.

Struggles: Jacques O’Neill, 23, eliminated himself from Love Island amid fears he’d lose management of his actions after Adam Collard’s arrival

Adam, who was recognized for his womanising methods, made a shock comeback to the ITV2 present this week after initially showing in collection 4 in 2018.

Gemma Owen’s ex, Jacques, mentioned he’d reached breaking level after Adam’s arrival, telling The Sun: ‘I assumed if I do not get myself out things may go horribly flawed and I may get physical.’

Jacques mentioned he eliminated his microphone and walked out the entrance doorways of the villa earlier than producers intercepted, prompting him to demand to be left alone.

While viewers discovered the tv character had left the villa on Tuesday, he had the truth is departed on Sunday.

He claims he’d been gone a day earlier than bosses coaxed him back when he had a ‘welfare chat’ about his state of affairs.

Rocky road: Jacques said taking part in the show was 'the worst decision of my life', admitting he'd reached breaking point on the show

Rocky highway: Jacques mentioned collaborating within the present was ‘the worst choice of my life’, admitting he’d reached breaking level on the present

He insisted he ‘could not cope with it’ any longer and was in tears, saying he wished to return to the UK.

He added: ‘It broke me and I used to be already damaged. I used to be crying my eyes out. I could not cope. I used to be actually feeling terrible. It was the worst I’d ever felt in my life.’

Jacques’ household revealed throughout his time within the villa that he had been identified with ADHD on the age of 9 and typically struggled to cope with emotional conditions.

Mixing things up: Adam, 26, originally appearied in series four in 2018 and rattled Jacques, 23, after setting his sights on the rugby player's partner Paige Thorne, 24, after his entry

Mixing things up: Adam, 26, initially appearied in collection 4 in 2018 and rattled Jacques, 23, after setting his sights on the rugby participant’s partner Paige Thorne, 24, after his entry

He stopped taking his Ritalin medicine seven years in the past and didn’t count on the situation to trigger issues throughout his time on the present, regardless of bosses’ considerations.

Jacques has since mentioned: ‘Any little factor within the villa, ultimately, began bothering me and I used to be simply getting in a lot of a rut.

‘I understand how I spoke to Paige was flawed. I tried to apologise and he or she saved asking why I did it. ADHD is not nearly not having the ability to focus. It’s additionally about feeling anxious quite a bit, being on edge so much.’

Unimpressed: Jacques said he'd reached breaking point after Adam's arrival, telling The Sun : 'I thought if I don’t get myself out things could go horribly wrong and I could get physical' (Adam pictured on date with Paige after Jacques' departure)

Unimpressed: Jacques mentioned he’d reached breaking level after Adam’s arrival, telling The Sun : ‘I assumed if I do not get myself out things may go horribly flawed and I may get physical’ (Adam pictured on date with Paige after Jacques’ departure)

Jacques was saved in a separate condo after leaving the villa throughout which period he searched his title on-line, leaving him horrified to see ‘everybody hating me’.

However, Jacques was happy to discover some normality as he educated along with his previous rugby group Castleford Tigers earlier than talking to the membership’s welfare officer.

He added that he discovered solace within the messages he’d acquired from different people who’ve been identified with ADHD. 

Emotional: The rugby player quit following his rocky romance with Paige as he told the others he 'couldn't be himself' and left for the sake of his own mental health

Emotional: The rugby participant stop following his rocky romance with Paige as he instructed the others he ‘could not be himself’ and left for the sake of his personal mental health

A spokesperson for Love Island instructed MailOnline: ‘We can not touch upon any particular person’s medical data owing to confidentiality and our personal obligation of care in direction of the Islanders, nonetheless we now have rigorous and intensive checks in place to assess Islanders’ physical and mental health upfront of being cleared to enter the villa. This is one thing we take extraordinarily significantly.

‘As we mentioned on the time, Jacques made the choice to leave and we revered that call. Islanders are welcome to leave ought to they select to achieve this and we might by no means put stress on somebody to stay within the villa.’

Jacques mentioned he watched the Casa Amor episodes to ‘torture’ himself’, admitting he was ‘disgusted in myself’ after watching his actions.

He mentioned: ‘I’ll await Paige on the surface, however I’m not watching the present once more, I can not do it.’  

It comes after Love Island bosses addressed Jacques’ emotional exit from the present on Friday, after followers instructed he was ‘inspired’ to leave.

Speaking to Deadline, producer Mike Spencer said: 'We've never had a parent who told us they wanted to pull their child out of the show. The contestants are all adults so it’s down to them'

Speaking to Deadline, producer Mike Spencer mentioned: ‘We’ve by no means had a mother or father who instructed us they wished to pull their baby out of the present. The contestants are all adults so it is down to them’

Speaking to Deadline, producer Mike Spencer mentioned: ‘Jacques is wonderful. We love Jacques. When you date, your feelings are naturally up and down. Finding love is just not a easy factor, that is why the present is so relatable.

‘Jacques was on his personal journey and he had a robust reference to Paige however typically you will have to take into consideration your self and that is what Jacques did. We revered his choice to head house however I feel he’s excited to be on Aftersun on Sunday to focus on his journey.

‘We’ve by no means had a mother or father who instructed us they wished to pull their baby out of the present. The contestants are all adults so it is down to them greater than anybody else.’ 

Mike defined that they converse to the contestants households on a regular basis and make certain that they’re repeatedly up to date.

Following their very own departures from the present, Charlie Radnedge, 28, and Antigoni Buxton, 26, have defended ITV following Jacques’ choice to leave. 

Support: Following their own departures from the show, Charlie Radnedge, 28, and Antigoni Buxton, 26, have defended ITV following Jacques' decision to leave

Support: Following their very own departures from the present, Charlie Radnedge, 28, and Antigoni Buxton, 26, have defended ITV following Jacques’ choice to leave

Charlie defined to The Mirror: ‘You get a load of remedy periods afterwards and they’re very supportive.

‘Obviously given earlier years, the place there have been nicely documented circumstances of unhealthy things occurring… from my perspective I’m fully effective and sound.’  

Singer Antigoni added: ‘I spoke to Jacques, he was in actually good spirits. He’d simply had sufficient. He’d been there for lengthy sufficient and he was prepared to come back to actuality.’

Representatives for Love Island mentioned their obligation of care protocol is extensively obtainable.  

It got here as Love Island viewers shared their theories about Jacques’ exit with some suggesting there was one thing not fairly proper about Jacques’ departure.

Reaction: However fans suggested there wasn't something quite right about Jacques' departure and theorised that he may have been encouraged to leave due to his declining metal health or because of an unaired fall out

Reaction: However followers instructed there wasn’t one thing fairly proper about Jacques’ departure and theorised that he might have been inspired to leave due to his declining metallic health or due to an unaired fall out

They went on to theorise that he might have been inspired to leave due to his declining metallic health or due to an unaired fall out.

One individual speculated: ‘I reckon the producers of Love Island instructed Jacques that his MH [mental health] was declining & he ought to think about going house; with suicide being in thoughts re earlier contestants; they’ve to be extra cautious.

‘I actually felt for him & I really hope he’s OK. It’s by no means good seeing somebody like that.’

Another agreed, and mentioned: ‘The extra I give it some thought, the extra it is smart that the LI producers and/or aftercare group spoke to Jacques & helped him come to the choice he made.

A distinct individual mentioned: ‘There’s clearly way more to Jacques leaving. I do not imagine it is absolutely to do with him not in a position to be himself. Bit suspish.’ 

Love Island obligation of care protocols in full – forward of 2021 collection   

Pre-filming and filming

  • Registered mental health skilled engaged all through the entire collection – from pre-filming to aftercare. 
  • Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments together with assessments by an unbiased physician, psychological marketing consultant and studies from every Islander’s personal GP to test medical historical past. 
  • Potential Islanders are required to absolutely disclose any medical historical past that will be related to their inclusion within the villa and the manufacturing’s potential to present an acceptable setting for them.  
  • Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations each verbally and in writing of the implications, each optimistic and negative, of collaborating within the collection are given to potential cast members all through the casting course of and strengthened throughout the contract so it’s clear. 
  • Cast are instructed they need to think about all of the potential implications of collaborating within the present and work via this decision-making course of in session with their household and people closest to them, to guarantee they really feel it’s proper for them. 
  • Senior Team on the bottom have acquired coaching in Mental Health First Aid. 
  • A welfare group solely devoted to the Islanders each in the course of the present and after.


  • Bespoke coaching on coping with social media and recommendation on finance and adjusting to life back house. 
  • A minimal of eight remedy periods can be supplied to every Islander after they return house. 
  • Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the collection by which they’ve appeared has ended, with further assist offered the place relevant. 
  • We encourage Islanders to safe administration to signify them after the present and handle them ought to they select to participate in different TV exhibits, promoting campaigns or different public look alternatives.



When contacted by MailOnline, a Love Island spokesperson mentioned: ‘Jacques defined his causes for leaving, which as we mentioned in our assertion & was seen on air was his choice.’ 

While the present has been criticised by viewers, it’s honest to say that they’ve a cohesive obligation of care structure in place for his or her contestants following the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

Producers supply intensive care earlier than, throughout and after the fact present, together with elevated remedy, social media coaching and even monetary administration. 

Love Island work with GPs and psychological consultants to guarantee hopeful contestants’ mental health are sturdy sufficient to participate.

Duty of care: Producers offer extensive care before, during and after the reality show, including increased therapy, social media training and even financial management

Duty of care: Producers supply intensive care earlier than, throughout and after the fact present, together with elevated remedy, social media coaching and even monetary administration

Following the loss of life of Sophie Gradon, who hanged herself at her household house final year, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, who additionally dedicated suicide, Love Island contacted skilled doctor and Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield. 

He independently reviewed the medical process the ITV present had in place to supply common remedy to all contestants and never simply those who reached out.

Now Islanders are even be given social media coaching and monetary administration to assist modify to fame.

Lara Waycot, a BACP registered therapist instructed MailOnline: ‘Seeing a contestant from a well-liked present like Love Island speaking about their mental health and selecting to leave the present for his or her profit is admirable. 

Opening up about one’s mental health on nationwide TV is a good step ahead to normalising these struggles. 

But whereas as a nation we have been extra open about mental health, solely 24% would search remedy help if experiencing mental health points in accordance to BACP’s Public Perceptions Survey. 

‘There are nonetheless loads of misconceptions round remedy, and BACP’s ‘Therapy talks’ marketing campaign launched right now goals to demystify these so people can take energetic steps to enhance their mental health when wanted.’


Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their sort on paper? ‘In Swansea there’s simply no-one I can discover. 

‘I have never acquired to swipe. So, hopefully they’ll simply come to me now!

‘I got here out of a relationship and I used to be simply so finished with guys. Then I used to be like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their sort on paper? ‘It’s fairly arduous to date with out being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

‘Love Island is a good place to get to know somebody one-on-one. 

‘I do not suppose I’ve ever been out with two guys who’re fairly the identical.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their sort on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.

‘This is a chance for me to discover ‘the one’ and have a fantastic summer season on the identical time. 

‘I’m positively prepared for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m prepared to get to know somebody and journey with them.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I’m open to discovering love, I’m wanting to have a very enjoyable summer season. 

‘I’d say I’m enjoyable, flirty and fiery. I feel I’m good at giving recommendation, I’m an excellent individual to discuss to, I’m very trustworthy. 

‘If I need the identical man, I’d do it however in a pleasant respectful means.

Andrew Le Page

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their sort on paper? ‘When I’m with somebody I’m very loyal.

‘I’m an excellent boyfriend as when I’m with somebody I’m all for them.

‘I’m truly single for as soon as, so I assumed why not? This is one of the best time to give it a go.’ 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I’m fairly choosy and I’m not simply searching for seems, I’m searching for brains! 

‘I’m searching for somebody with intelligence, somebody who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’

Deji Adeniyi

Name: Deji Adeniyi 

Age: 25

Location: Bedford

Occupation: Accounts Manager

Why Love Island and why now? The purpose why is that my sex life is wonderful however my love life is terrible. I’m the grasp of failed speaking levels. My love life is not going the correct means so one night time I made a decision to apply for Love Island and now I’m right here!’

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Name: Josh Samuel Le Grove

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Model

Why Love Island and why now? I’ve all the time been single. If you are going to discover somebody, it’s going to be in a spot the place everyone seems to be single and searching for the identical factor.’

Adam Collard

Adam Collard

Name: Adam Collard

Age: 26

Location: Newcastle

Occupation: Personal coach 

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a number of feathers after I go in.’


Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I can be speaking to totally different ladies, it won’t go nicely with some.

‘When I’m truly in a relationship, I feel it is a star signal factor.

‘I’m an Aries however I’m very passionate – I all the time used to put that individual first. I’m actually good at being in a group’.

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business proprietor

Who is their sort on paper? ‘Lots of English ladies truly love me.

‘They love to be round me and I like to be round them. I need to discover my soulmate.

‘Find my individual so I can truly build one thing sooner or later, develop with them, be a household. ‘

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

 Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I choose to meet ladies out and about. I feel while you go searching for it, it isn’t as simple although, it is such as you’re too determined for it.

‘If I feel you are the one or I such as you, I’ll take you out on a date however apart from that, if we discuss and I do not like the place it is going – then I will not be throwing out dates.’

Jacques O'Neill

Jacques O’Neill

Name:  Jacques O’Neill

Age: 23

Location: Cumbria

Occupation: Rugby League Player

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I feel it wants to be the correct individual, on the proper time. 

‘I used to be saying to my mum the opposite day that I need a woman. And I’m now prepared to cool down.’

Danica Taylor

Danica Taylor

Name: Danica Taylor

Age: 21

Location: Leicester

Occupation: Dancer

Who is their sort on paper? ‘I’m the kind of girlfriend that I need to achieve this a lot with you – deep conversations, foolish actions.

‘If you say let’s go canoeing all day though I’m fairly a glam woman, I’m down for it.’

Summer Botwe

Summer Botwe

Name: Summer Botwe

Age: 22

From: Hertfordshire

Occupation: Events decor business co-owner

What are you trying ahead to within the Villa? I feel that I’m simply genuinely good vibes – very goofy, very foolish. Everyone can be enjoyable round me. I don’t actually take things too significantly. I really feel like I would find yourself bringing some drama as a result of I do need to go full pressure with Dami… 

Coco Lodge

Coco Lodge

Name: Coco Lodge 

Age: 27

From: Surrey

Occupation: Graphic designer/ ring woman/ shot woman

How would your pals/ household describe you? They’d in all probability describe me as a predator. I’m tremendous flirty! I give off large energy and boys gravitate in direction of me and I’m all the time flirty. 

Billy Brown

Name: Billy Brown

Age: 23

Location: Surrey

Occupation: Roofing company director

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve had two girlfriends earlier than, I used to be clearly going to try to discover the fortunate third one!’


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