Love Island's Jacques Opens Up On 'Darker Place' After Shock Love Island Exit
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Former Love Island contestant Jacques O'Neill has taken to Twitter to announce that he is mental health is now in a better place.
The 23-year-old shocked fans of the hit ITV2 dating show when he decided to leave earlier this month following the return of bombshell Adam Collard the previous day.
Jacques' final scenes aired on 12 July and showed him tearfully telling Paige Thorne, with whom he coupled up with, he would want to make her his girlfriend once she left the show.
In the days that followed, the 24-year-old paramedic has moved on with Adam.
Since leaving the villa, Jacques has been inundated with positive messages from fans after his exit and he has now thanked viewers while also providing an update about his state of mind.
Sharing a picture of himself out and about, Jacques said: "I just want you all to know that I’m in such a better place mentally. A huge reason for that is because of all the love and support I have received! I’d be in a much darker place if it wasn’t for all of your kind words, so thank you again I appreciate it so much."
Love Island fans did not hesitate to congratulate Jacques on making his mental health a priority.
One supportive response said: “Head up son, you done everyone proud Jacques.”
While a second tweet said: “It’s so important to be kind, as you never know how someone is feeling, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there… keep your chin up and just remember who you are @jacques9oneill peace bro.”
One fan wrote: “You’ve got this sweetheart. Take each day at a time. Sending you lots of love.”
Loved you in the villa gutted to see you go as I wanted you too win. But you are the winner and did the right thing but your mental health first!!!! Hoping davide and Ekin win now.— Carlsen Watt (@CarlsenWatt1) July 24, 2022
So good to hear! Learning to take yourself out of situations you’re not feeling is the best thing you can do. Keep strong 💪🏼— jayne79 (@jayne791) July 23, 2022
You did the right thing leaving Jacques your health os more important & there are bigger and better things coming for you, & you have a mass support army 💜 take care x— @margarethgordon (@margarethgordo1) July 23, 2022
It’s so important to be kind, as you never know how someone is feeling, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there… keep your chin up and just remember who you are @Jacques9oneill peace ✌️ bro— Lee (@leeford80) July 24, 2022
Following his departure, Jacques made a guest appearance on Love Island: Aftersun (17 July) where he was asked by host Laura Whitmore about Paige seemingly moving on with Adam and their first kiss.
He reminded Laura that before he left the show, he told Paige to 'crack on' and he said that while he did believe the pair had a connection, he was happy to see her doing what she needed to do.
Love Island continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
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