LOVE Island’s Zara Holland has apologised to Barbados after “trying to flee” the island and insisted it was a “massive mix up”.
HOAR revealed the ex-beauty queen, 25, was held by police with boyfriend Elliott Love for trying to leave Barbados after their alleged Covid escape bid was foiled.
The pair are accused of attempting to flee when he tested positive for the virus.
In a statement issued by her rep to website Barbados Today, the Love Island star called the incident a “misunderstanding”.
She said: “I firstly wish to apologise to the entire country of Barbados for what has been a massive mix up and misunderstanding during my most recent stay.”
Zara added: “I am currently working closely with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.
“I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but love and respect for and which has treated me as a family.”
The couple had been staying at the £300-a-night beach front Sugar Bay resort.
But Zara was seen “crying and distressed” as she waited for her Covid test results at a quarantine facility at Paragon Military Base on the island.
A source said: “They were pacing up and down inside the perimeter.
“Zara spent most of her time crying and was very distressed.
“She provided a second negative result on Thursday and has been allowed to leave.”
Self-employed Elliott, 30, must now stay at the facility for at least ten days and provide two negative tests before he can leave.
They face an anxious wait as authorities decide what action to take against them.
HOAR told on Thursday that Elliott tested positive for the virus at the start of a new year holiday.
They allegedly cut off their red Covid armbands and caught a cab to the airport to avoid being put in the Harrison’s Point centre.
Police detained the couple — who have visited the island several times before — as they went through airport security.
Officers held them on suspicion of flouting Covid rules. They could face criminal charges including endangering the lives of others, an £18,000 fine each and a year in jail. and a year in prison.
Zara, who was on Love Island in 2016, denies any wrongdoing and Elliott, whose symptoms are said to be mild, told a pal: “We put a small foot wrong and now everybody is yelling at us.”
It comes after Swiss Ismail Elbagli, 30, was fined £2,150 for breaching quarantine by leaving his Barbados hotel.