Moments before, Kaz and Tyler Cruikshank had become exclusive, with the villa rejoicing and celebrating as they returned from the terrace to the main yard.
However, as other Islanders excitedly piled on the happy couple, Jake and Lib awkwardly stood by the firepit far away from the group, with Faye even asking why Liberty hadn’t come over.
As cameras panned to Liberty and Jake, despite the student saying multiple times she wanted to celebrate with Kaz, Jake held her back, promising her that Kaz would come over to them when she was finished.
‘I just wanted to be there for her when she came down,’ Lib insisted.
With his arm around her shoulders, Jake said: ‘She’ll come over. See, she’s spotted you.’
Jake was accused of being ‘controlling’ (Picture: ITV)
Despite Jake insisting he wanted Liberty and Kaz to have their own moment, viewers branded the move ‘controlling’ on Jake’s end and shared their discomfort.
Former Love Island winner Amber Gill was just as perplexed as the rest of us as she asked on Twitter: ‘Why did Jake drag Liberty away from the fun of celebrating with Kaz
‘Potentially the strangest thing I’ve witnessed’
‘What just happened? Did Jake tell Libby not to move?’ one viewer quizzed, as another said: ‘Bit controlling of Jake that! Odd thing to do to make a situation that was between two besties to beabout [sic] him.’
Others wondered whether it was a strategic move to make sure the cameras were only on Jake and Liberty, with one suggesting: ‘Jake trying to manipulate a big moment for the camera of Kaz running down to Liberty.’
The moment kept playing on Lib’s mind as she later confided in Millie Court: ‘It was a bit icky. The person I fell for was Jake from Weston Super Mare that is a water engineer…
‘That situation just didn’t sit right with me.’
She later had a heart-to-heart with Jake and explained: ‘Tonight me wanting to run up and hug Kaz as soon as she come up the stairs was a natural reaction for me.’
Sharing his intentions, he replied: ‘I just thought it would be nice for you to have your own moment.’
Interestingly, Liberty pointed out that Jake has been saying to her privately: ‘Remember we’re on a TV show,’ leading many to assume he’s playing a game.
In tonight’s episode, Liberty continues to question Jake, with her doubts mounting. What does this mean for Jiberty?
Love Island returns 9pm tonight on ITV2.
Credit: Original article published here.