Jacques O’Neill addressed his Love Island exit on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain but made no mention of his former love interest Paige Thorne.
The 23-year-old rugby player removed himself from the ITV2 series last month after spending several days attempting to win Paige back following his Casa Amor antics being exposed.
Before deciding to leave the show, Jacques came close to having a physical argument with new bombshell Adam Collard, who ended up winning his ex’s affections and exiting with her in fourth place.
In tearful scenes, the islander explained his difficult decision for quitting, while giving his blessing for Paige to carry on, and promising to be waiting for her at the airport.
However, after it became more apparent that she was heading for a romance with Adam, he removed all trace from her on his social media.
And, according to his close friend Antigoni Buxton, Jacques and Paige haven’t spoken since they’ve returned to normal life.
Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, the contestant said he was ‘very scared of life and what was to come next for me’ following his departure.
‘When I was in the holding villa after I left the actual villa, I just wanted my mum,’ he continued.
‘All I wanted to do was just be with my mum and literally just go into hiding. I was getting so much hate and me and my mum were getting death threats and everything.
‘I was like, “Mum, we just need to stay indoors, I’m going to delete social media and I’m never going to be seen”.’
Adam and Paige’s romance is still going strong after they left the villa together last week.
Personal trainer Adam, 26, confirmed that the pair are very much together during an Instagram Q&A.
‘Course we are,’ he said. ‘I can’t wait just family comes first x.’
After leaving the show, Paige, 24, revealed they were already making solid plans for the future, despite the distance between them.
She said: ‘We’re going strong. We have done since day one. We’ve already made plans.
‘He’s coming to see me in Swansea and I’m going to Newcastle,’ she shared. ‘We’re already talking about holidays and Christmas plans. I definitely see a future.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.