Love Island viewers in shock at Jacques' emotional goodbye with Luca

‘Their love is stronger than any couple in the villa’: Love Island viewers in shock at Jacques’ emotional goodbye with Luca after his BFF vowed ‘I would have walked out that door with him’

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There were emotional scenes on Tuesday night’s episode of Love Island after Jacques O’Neill made the decision to leave the villa.

While he shared a tearful goodbye with Paige Thorne, it was the rugby player’s farewell with his villa BFF Luca Bish that really got fans talking, with many declaring the bromance to be the strongest relationship in the villa.

Luca, who is coupled up with Jacques’ ex girlfriend Gemma Owen, proved the strength of his feelings when he told his pal that if Gemma wasn’t still in the villa he would have ‘walked out that door with him’.

Heartbreaking: Love Island viewers were brought to tears on Tuesday night’s episode over Jacques O’Neill leaving the villa as well as his emotional goodbye to Luca Bish

After Jacques announced he was leaving, he and Luca went for a chat in the corner of the garden.

Jacques cried as he reiterated his decision to leave, with Luca also becoming emotional as he said: ‘I don’t even think I’d get this upset if Gem left.’

Tearing up, he added: ‘It isn’t going to be the same without you,’ before they hugged. 

‘If Gem weren’t here, I would have walked out that door with him,’ he added in the beach hut. ‘He’s made the right decision at the end of the day, and as long as he’s happy I’m happy. He means a lot to me and I can’t wait to see him on the outside.’ 

Pals: While he shared a tearful goodbye with Paige Thorne, it was the rugby player’s farewell with his villa BFF Luca Bish that really got fans talking

Emotional: Jacques mde the decision to leave the villa after saying he had not felt like himself in recent weeks and needed to go home to feel like himself again

Viewers rushed to Twitter after the long goodbye, with one fan declaring: ‘Their love is stronger than any couple in the villa.’

‘I was not prepared for Luca and Jacques to have the most emotional goodbye in the history of Love Island,’ added another. 

‘Jacques and luca should’ve been a couple, them crying made me cry,’ read another reaction. 

Reaction: Viewers quickly took to Twitter and told how they were brought to tears by the emotional farewell

One wrote: ‘Cannot believe I’m crying over Jacques, a plot twist I didn’t expect’.

Another wrote: ‘I’m crying over Jacques leaving??? ITV what have you done?’ 

Another said: ‘Luca and Jacques crying together is actually so wholesome,’ while another added: ‘Why am I crying over Jacques leaving?’

Next step: Jacques told Paige he wants her to be his girlfriend and will wait for her on the outside as he left the villa

Tears: Paige was left in floods of tears after Jacques broke the news he was leaving

Paige was also left in floods of tears after Jacques broke the news he was leaving.

Before he went to pack his bags, Jacques pulled Paige aside and told her: ‘I want you to be my girlfriend. I want that. I’ll wait. I’ll be counting down the days until you get out.’ 

Gathering the islanders around the firepit, Jacques said: ‘Lately, I feel like I can’t be myself. I’m not going to fake it. I’m going to be leaving today. 

‘I just can’t stick around and not be myself, it’s not fair to me and it’s definitely not fair to Paige. If that means removing myself from the situation and waiting for Paige, that’s what I’m going to do.’ 

Emotional: Gathering the islanders around the firepit, Jacques said: ‘Lately, I feel like I can’t be myself. I’m not going to fake it. I’m going to be leaving today’

Earlier in the episode, Jacques had to be talked down from a furious showdown with rival Adam after being told the bombshell was ‘slagging’ him off. 

Tash kicked things off by telling Jacques that Adam ‘had a conversation with me and he was like, obviously I was talking about Andrew and he was like, ‘We I think actions speak louder than words”.

Jacques said: ‘Oi, I hope he said stuff like that about me, because we’ll have a bit of biff then,’ only for his ex Gemma to jump in, revealing ‘Oh he was proper slagging you off.’

‘What do you mean? What’s he saying?’ said Jacques, getting riled up.

‘Immature, I think it was. Something like that,’ the girls told him, causing the furious star to stand up, getting ready to confront Adam. 

Drama: Jacques had to be talked down from a furious showdown with rival Adam 

Rival: It was announced on Tuesday that Jacques had decided to quit the show, and a new teaser shows the rugby player getting wound up by what Adam has been saying about him

Jacques then pulled Paige for a talk, telling her of Adam: ‘Who the f**ks he? Just another geezer who’s been on the show. He’s f**king nothing mate. Do you know what I mean?’

‘Alright and then keep that in mind,’ Paige said in a bid to calm him down. ‘You don’t need to rise to it and be like bitey with it, do you know what I mean? What does it actually change? Nothing.’

‘You know what I get like, if a boy’s gonna chat s**t behind my back, I don’t f**king have it.’ Jacques insisted. ‘If he tries to speak to me, I’ll say ‘f**k off, don’t speak to me.” 

Love Island airs at 9pm weekdays and Sundays on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.   

Fury: Jacques got wound up as the other girls reveal that Adam told Paige he was ‘immature’ 

Calm down: Paige told him: ‘You don’t need to rise to it and be like bitey with it. What does it actually change? Nothing’


Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find. 

‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one. 

‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

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

‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. 

‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. 

‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. 

‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.

‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.

‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to give it a go.’ 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains! 

‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone 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 reason why is that my sex life is amazing but my love life is awful. I am the master of failed talking stages. My love life isn’t going the right way so one night I decided to apply for Love Island and now I’m here!’

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Name: Josh Samuel Le Grove

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Model

Why Love Island and why now? I’ve always been single. If you’re going to find someone, it’ll be in a place where everyone is single and looking for the same thing.’

Adam Collard

Name: Adam Collard

Age: 26

Location: Newcastle

Occupation: Personal trainer 

Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a few feathers when I go in.’


Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.

‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.

‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.

‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.

‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘

Luca Bish

 Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’

Jacques O’Neill

Name:  Jacques O’Neill

Age: 23

Location: Cumbria

Occupation: Rugby League Player

Who is their type on paper? ‘I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time. 

‘I was saying to my mum the other day that I want a girl. And I’m now ready to settle down.’

Danica Taylor

Name: Danica Taylor

Age: 21

Location: Leicester

Occupation: Dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am the type of girlfriend that I want to do so much with you – deep conversations, silly activities.

‘If you say let’s go canoeing all day even though I am quite a glam girl, I am down for it.’

Summer Botwe

Name: Summer Botwe

Age: 22

From: Hertfordshire

Occupation: Events decor business co-owner

What are you looking forward to in the Villa? I think that I’m just genuinely good vibes – very goofy, very silly. Everyone will be fun around me. I don’t really take things too seriously. I feel like I might end up bringing some drama because I do want to go full force with Dami… 

Coco Lodge

Name: Coco Lodge 

Age: 27

From: Surrey

Occupation: Graphic designer/ ring girl/ shot girl

How would your friends/ family describe you? They’d probably describe me as a predator. I’m super flirty! I give off big energy and boys gravitate towards me and I’m always 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 before, I was obviously going to try and find the lucky third one!’

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