Love Island star Liberty Poole has defended Jake Cornish after some viewers felt he demonstrated possessive and coercive behaviour over the course of their doomed relationship.
The 21-year-old waitress from Birmingham and there 24-year-old water engineer from Weston-super-Mare went from being one of the strongest couples on the ITV2 competition – to quitting the show, and each other, with just days left on the show.
Liberty and Jake coupled up on day one of the 2021 competition and had been early favourite to win – but cracks erupted in the romance in the final week.
Liberty’ confidence was rocked when producers showed her clips of Jake claiming he wasn’t initially attracted to her on a sexual level – while other scenes of the series showed the engineer criticising Liberty for being ‘messy’.
The pair endured seven weeks together as a couple on the series – and were ‘officially’ boyfriend and girlfriend for the last four.
But their relationship faltered when Liberty was shown clips of Jake – with tensions mounting in the villa when other footage implied Jake was playing a game on the show as he appeared to sabotage other couples during the Casa Amor week.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub – episodes are available the following morning on BritBox – while the live final will air on ITV2 on Monday night.