LOVE Island bosses have insisted Ollie Williams left the villa “off his own back” and it was nothing to do with the growing backlash to his hunting hobby.
Ollie left the villa on Tuesday, with The Sun confirming the news.
Ollie Williams made the decision to leave the show
In a statement, it was revealed he had left because he still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend, and his experience on the show had helped him come to the realisation.
However, after fans began to question if it was a ruse, with the likes of former islanders Olivia Attwood and Curtis Pritchard also questioning the statement, a spokesperson has insisted that Ollie was “not made aware” during his time in the villa of any press stories.
“Ollie made the decision to leave off his own back and explained his reasons for doing so in his quote,” the statement read.
“He was not made aware whilst he was in the villa of any press stories running around him but as with all Islanders, since leaving the villa he has now been briefed as to what has been written and said about him as part of our duty of care.”
The 23-year-old was embroiled in an online backlash over hunting
Love Island bosses insist his exit is over his ex and not the contoversy
The islanders were shocked by his decision
They concluded: “We will be supporting Ollie as he leaves the villa.”
The posh Lord-to-be, 23, walked out of the show with The Sun revealing he was pining after ex girlfriend Laura Nofer, 23, who he dated for 18 months before splitting last year.
A source said: “The show made Ollie realise he wasn’t ready to be in another serious relationship and he still has really strong feelings for Laura.
“Meeting girls who were so different to him and his background only clarified how he felt about his ex and he felt it was only fair to leave the competition and sort his head out.”
The show has been hit by falling ratings
His rich kid lifestyle was shared across his social media pages
The source added: “He told producers and acted on his feelings as soon as he made up his mind.”
Ollie’s exit from the villa will be seen on Wednesday night’s show.
Bosses previously revealed they had “no intention” of axing the “bloodthirsty” islander after pictures of him posed with an array of dead animals he’d killed in Africa were published by The Sun.
Animal-loving fans are outraged by the shock revelation, even launching a petition to urge producers to axe him from the villa.
It reached over 35,000 signatures in the hours before the news of his departure was confirmed.