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15 January 2020, 15:40
Ollie Williams has walked from the Love Island villa – but why?
There are a number of rumours as to why Ollie may have left the series, but he said upon his exit it's because he wanted to listen to what his heart was telling him.
After Ollie’s decision to leave was confirmed by a Love Island spokesperson, the 23-year-old explained he quit after realising he still has feelings for an ex-girlfriend, whose identity remains unknown as of yet.
And in scenes which will air on Wednesday night’s episode, Ollie said in the Beach Hut he is following his heart.
He explained: “I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else.
“I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore these feelings. At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love. If I carried on anything with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them."
The ex in question is thought to be Laura Nofer, who appears in a few of Ollie’s pictures on Instagram, but it’s not confirmed she is the girl he still has feelings for.
One snap from summer two years ago shows the couple all dressed up for Royal Ascot.
Before heading to South Africa, Ollie said he cheated on his ex of four years and when the islanders were playing a game of ‘Spill the Tea’, it was revealed he cheated on an ex eight or nine times – something which infuriated his partner Paige Turney.
Ollie’s exit from the show comes after a petition to have him removed from the villa received thousands of signatures after his ‘trophy hunting’ hobby was revealed.
OfCom received 231 complaints about the Lanhydrock Estate heir’s involvement on the show after pictures of him posing with dead animals he had hunted emerged online.
2019 Islander Maura Higgins reckons he was "pulled out of the show" by his parents, after his trophy hunting past was revealed.
In a chat with Capital, she told us: "I don't think [his ex was] the real reason. I reckon maybe because of all the stuff online maybe his parents pulled him out, that's what I'm thinking, maybe they didn't realise there would be that much impact online."