Love Island's Jacques O'Neill has spoke out about his experience in the villa, after unexpectedly quitting the show last week. The 23-year-old opened up to followers via a lengthy Instagram statement, saying he is "taking responsibility for my own actions".
Last Tuesday's episode saw Jacques leaving Love Island with a tearful goodbye. He told his couple partner Paige Thorne on the terrace, "The only way I'm going to get back to myself is going home."
Jacques was criticised for some of his behaviour during his time on the show, including kissing several new Islanders during Casa Amor when away from Paige. Responding to the backlash, Jacques' family previously took to his Instagram account to suggest that his behaviour was linked to his ADHD diagnosis, writing, "By no means is this a get out clause for his actions but it is to show that he can fundamentally struggle with his emotions at times."
Now, Jacques himself has spoken out in a candid Instagram post, saying he's watched episodes back and understands some of the backlash, writing, "It’s time to work on myself for myself."
The rugby player shared a collage of screenshots of himself on the show, reflecting on the "rollercoaster of emotions" experienced in the villa. In the caption, he said of his Love Island experience, "I’m going to be completely honest I wasn’t mentally prepared for how it was going to be at all - underestimated it massively!"
Jacques went on to say he felt his "happiest" during his first two weeks in the villa but that "the last two weeks was definitely the worst I’ve ever felt in my life." He explained, "I was finding myself feeling worse and worse every day and if I didn’t leave when I did I was scared I would never have got back to my normal self!"
The Islander then shared that he wants to "take responsibility for my own actions." He revealed that he'd watched back episodes which received backlash, saying, "I understand why I did. I’ve got a lot of work to do for myself to become a better person." Referencing his family's ADHD post, Jacques wrote, "that is no excuse for me. Yes, I might find certain things a lot more difficult than others but at the end of the day I need to take responsibility for my own actions and I’ll hold my hands up."
Sharing his response to Love Island episodes, he continued, "I sometimes couldn’t watch how I was speaking and acting in certain situations but I’m actually glad I’ve watched it because now it’s really opened my eyes up and it’s time to work on myself for myself."
Jacques then finished by thanking followers for their supportive messages. Read his full statement below:
We hope Jacques is doing OK.
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