Love Island denies Jacques ONeill was removed from villa for impersonating deaf Tasha Ghori

ITV has been forced to deny rumours circulating on social media that controversial Love Island contestant Jacques O’Neill, 23, was actually removed from the villa for doing an impression of fellow islander and deaf contestant Tasha Ghouri, 23.

The allegations, which are unsubstantiated, began swirling after a series of text messages, alleged to be from someone who had met a member of the Love Island team at a party, claimed Jacques was actually removed from the villa for misogynistic behaviour and doing an impression of Tasha who is deaf.

Screenshots of texts have appeared online which make claim that these were the shock real reasons behind Jacques' sudden exit from the villa. According to Metro.co.uk, ITV said the claims are completely false.

Jacques left the show suddenly following tensions with Adam Collard, 26, and viewers were told after a statement from Love Island emerged saying: “Jacques has made the decision to leave the Villa.

“He will explain his reasons to the Islanders during tonight’s episode. We fully support his decision and look forward to seeing what’s next for Jacques.”

The new claims come after furious fans were already accusing Jacques of bullying Tasha in video allegedly posted to his Instagram stories showing him reacting to the Love Island final.

In the clip, a voice that appears to be that of Jacques can be heard heard impersonating show winner Davide Sanclimenti, 27, as Tasha read her declaration of love to Andrew Le Page, 27, saying: “You are a liar, an actress, get the f**k out”.

Tasha’s father, Tarek Ghouri, was among those that reacted to the clip, taking to Twitter he wrote: “Some people grow and mature from their Island experience, some don’t. It is what it is.”


Fellow contestant Remi Lambert, 22, has also made comments about Jacques behaviour in the villa saying he and Luca Bish, 23, made the experience "sh*t" saying: "Jacques said bad things about my appearance and the way I speak, whilst Luca was encouraging it."

He added: "After about three strikes from Jacques I told him I won't be speaking to him anymore in the villa."

In Jacques' tearful farewell scenes from Love Island villa, he told his fellow islanders: “I'm trying my best but I'm not a fake person and I'm not going to start faking things and act like I'm okay when things inside aren't actually okay.”

He then bid an emotional farewell to Paige Thorne, 24, with whom he was coupled up with at the time, and left. Paige went on to couple up with Adam Collard.

In a post-exit interview with The Sun Jacques, who suffers with ADHD, has described his mental health struggles on the show and says going on Love Island as "the worst decision of my life". He said: "I was feeling so mentally drained I just wanted to go home and get myself right."

He added: "It broke me and I was already broken. I was crying my eyes out. I couldn't cope."

Since leaving, Jacques has been regularly keeping his 1.3 million Instagram followers entertained with posts including some Instagram Lives with fellow ex-Islander Luca.

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