Jacques Breaks Silence On Love Island Exit As He Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

18 July 2022, 10:57

Jacques has opened up about quitting Love Island
Jacques has opened up about quitting Love Island. Picture: ITV2
Capital FM

By Capital FM

Jacques O’Neill revealed Love Island bosses tried to convince him to stay in the villa before his shock exit.

Jacques O’Neill has broken his silence after deciding to leave the Love Island villa in a shock exit last week.

The rugby player, who was besotted with Paige Thorne on the show after getting two know her for a few weeks, made an emotional exit just a day after former contestant Adam Collard entered the villa and set his eyes on Paige.

Love Island’s Jay Reveals 'Secret Message' Davide Sent Him On Air

Speaking about his exit for the first time, Jacques told this tabloid that he feared there could’ve been a physical altercation in the villa had he not left.

“I thought if I don’t get myself out things could go horribly wrong and I could get physical,” said Jacques.

Jacques tearfully announces he's leaving Love Island

Jacques quit Love Island last week
Jacques quit Love Island last week. Picture: ITV2

The 23-year-old, who dated Gemma Owen before Love Island, went on to admit that he ‘couldn’t cope’ in the villa, adding: “Doing Love Island was the worst decision of my life.”

Jacques continued: “I was ready to break down. I was feeling so mentally drained, I just wanted to go home and get myself right. It broke me and I was already broken. I was crying my eyes out. I couldn’t cope. I was literally feeling awful. It was the worst I’d ever felt in my life.”

Recalling how he felt about the Adam situation, the former contestant added: “At home you can remove yourself from situations, but in there you had to deal with every situation, and in that moment I took my microphone off, and walked straight through the front doors because I just wanted to get out of that place.

“Producers tried coming to me, they were like, ‘Jacques, are you OK? I was saying, ‘I don’t want to speak to you or anyone. I want to be left to myself.’ It was too much. I was saying to them, ‘This is more than a TV show to me’, it was genuine feelings involved and my headspace wasn’t right to be in a TV show.”

Jacques had a tearful goodbye with Paige before leaving Love Island
Jacques had a tearful goodbye with Paige before leaving Love Island. Picture: ITV2
Jacques said bosses tried to convince him to stay on Love Island
Jacques said bosses tried to convince him to stay on Love Island. Picture: ITV2

“I dealt with stuff in there that I’ve never dealt with in my life,” he added.

After telling bosses he was ready to go, Jacques said that they tried to convince him to stay, telling him, ‘you’re doing great’, adding: “In the end I couldn’t deal with it, I wanted to get out of the place. I was crying, saying to them, ‘I’m ready to go home’.”

Jacques was kept in a separate apartment with a security guard and two producers after leaving the villa and got his phone back two days later, where he searched his name on the internet and admitted he was horrified to see ‘everyone hating me’.

Jacques' mum Janet Wright also revealed the unpleasant messages she received about her son, with people sending death threats to her: “I got horrible messages on Facebook, people saying they wished my son and I were dead. It was awful,” before adding that things got so bad she was forced to leave her home and stay with family.

> Here Are All The Ways You Can Listen To Capital