Love Island’s Luca has addressed his behaviour towards Gemma in the Villa.
If you cast your mind back to Movie Night - where the contestants had their relationship put to the test by watching video footage from Casa Amor - you might recall Luca Bish reacting to bombshell Billy Brown and Gemma Owen speaking.
The former fishmonger appeared to be upset about Gemma’s apparent ‘flirting’ with Billy, despite them not being in an official relationship.
At the time, his family apologised on his behalf 'for his insensitive reaction’, stating that they ‘don’t condone his behaviour’.
Now, Luca has spoken about his reaction during the episode, admitting that he ‘lost it’ towards the end of the series.
He said to Grazia in a recent interview: “She’s a strong woman so she would never let herself be in a situation like that. "However, a lot of those moments where I lost it came at the end of the show and by that point, my emotions and everything - I was drained of it all.”
He went on to say that his anger in the movie-marathon episode was wrongly directed at his partner on the series, explaining: “I was more annoyed about how Billy went around things. I ended up getting wound up and taking my frustration out on Gemma - which wasn't fair.
“I don't think this was shown but I apologised and said sorry for that. Billy said he was 'confused,' about Gemma's intentions but everything I've seen is black and white. There's no chance you should have been confused.”
He also added that the show itself took a ‘toll’ on him and his personality as the pressure mounted: “I didn't feel like the Luca I was before. Everyone that's close to me - my parents and friends - could see the last two weeks in the villa I wasn't myself and that’s why certain situations, like Movie Night, got the better of me.”
Previously during Movie Night, domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid called out various ‘controlling’ and ‘misogynistic’ behaviour from the men on the show.
Despite not calling out Luca by name in their statement, the charity were ‘tagged into a stream’ of social media posts from viewers highlighting unacceptable behaviour from the men in particular.
They said: “We are being tagged into a stream of Twitter posts, with viewers of Love Island highlighting the misogyny and controlling behaviour being shown on screen.”
They continued: “This is clearly more than talking about any individual contestants, and a programme based around the formation of romantic relationships must have guidelines on what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable in those relationships.
“We have a new campaign called Come Together to End Domestic Abuse about the role everyone has to play in ending abuse. ITV can play an important role here, by dealing with something that is clearly an ongoing issue for the show, and at Women’s Aid we want to help where we can.”
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