‘It’s crazy, I didn’t expect the support’: Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn gives first interview since shock exit from the show as he discusses ill-fated Gemma Owen coupling
On Friday the Welsh student, 21, gathered everyone around the firepit ahead of the first recoupling, where he admitted he was not giving 100% of himself and was having a ‘hard time’ with his struggle to find a romantic connection.
The reality star also revealed how he always knew Gemma Owen, 19, who the public chose to couple up with him, was not feeling a romantic connection with him.
Exit: Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn spoke candidly about his decision to leave the show during an emotional interview on Sunday’s AfterSun
Speaking from Newport, he said: ‘I was buzzing when I coupled up with Gemma. I got the feeling her head was elsewhere. I can’t believe who her dad was. I can’t believe I didn’t work it out
‘It’s crazy. I didn’t expect the support. It’s a big eye-opener for me how many people were on my side and had my back.
‘I was looking at Gemma when I walked in and hoping it was her I would couple up with.’
Discussing the arrival of Italian bombshell Davide Sanclimenti, who recoupled with Gemma before recoupling once more with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Liam said: ‘The minute he walked in I had a gut feeling he would go for Gemma.’
Not to be: The reality star also revealed how he always knew Gemma Owen, 19, who the public chose to couple up with him, was not feeling a romantic connection with him
Liam’s father jetted out to Mallorca to be with his son following his shock departure from the show.
Devoted dad Dai, a professional rugby player, set off to comfort his son – after the family said they couldn’t be ‘prouder’.
Just days before his departure, the Italian hunk stole Michael Owen’s daughter from him, while Liam also found it difficult to woo newcomers Afia Tonkmor and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who’ve expressed interest in Ikenna and Davide since their arrival in the villa.
A source told The Sun: ‘Liam’s confidence was totally knocked when he lost Gemma [Owen] so when he then also didn’t manage to catch Ekin-Su [Cülcüloğlu] or Afia’s [Tonkmor] eye he started to totally overthink everything he did.
‘He just began to worry about everything and then felt guilty that he wasn’t enjoying the whole experience like he felt he was meant to, so called it quits.
Fan favourite: Liam became a fan favourite during his very short time on the reality show
He said: ‘It’s crazy. I didn’t expect the support. It’s a big eye-opener for me how many people were on my side and had my back’
‘We couldn’t be more proud of him’:Liam;ss father jetted out to Mallorca after his son’s shock exit from the show (pictured in April)
Shock: Liam shocked his fellow Islanders when he announced he was leaving
They added: ‘At this point Liam feels really upset. His dad David flew straight out to Majorca to be with him.’
Liam previously admitted his greatest fear on the show was being rejected.
He said: ‘Something I am most nervous about is probably the feeling of not being wanted , in a recoupling or something, not being picked’.
Early bath: On Friday the Welsh student gathered everyone around the firepit ahead of the first recoupling, where he admitted he was not giving 100% of himself and was having a ‘hard time’ with his struggle to find a romantic connection
Bye! Liam broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show
He continued: ‘Everyone wants to be wanted, and wants to be picked, so it’s the feeling of not being picked that is a nerve-wracking thought for me’.
‘It puts you in a vulnerable position and that’s in front of the whole world. I think that’s a position I don’t think anyone would want to find themselves in.’
Taking to Liam’s Instagram the family penned a heartfelt tribute and thanking his fans.
They wrote: ‘Thank you so much for all your love and support you have shown Liam during his time in the villa and since making his decision to leave. he has stayed true to himself throughout and we couldn’t be more proud of him’.
Pride: Taking to Liam’s Instagram the family penned a heartfelt tribute and thanking his fans
Liam broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show.
As they sat down, he said: ‘So, I’ve got to speak to you all, obviously we all came here for the same sort of reason but I haven’t really been feeling like I’ve been giving 100% Liam. I know what 100% Liam looks like and I am miles off that.
He continued: ‘I literally feel like you’re missing out on 90% of what normal Liam offers. I’ve been thinking long and hard, like this isn’t a spur of the moment type thing. Trying to find someone to leave the villa with that you care about, like obviously, that’s a goal isn’t it?
Big decision: Announcing to the islanders that he had big news to share, he told them: ‘I think we need to have a chat, we should get everyone by the fire pit’
Can’t believe it: The islanders were stunned by Liam’s decision
‘When you’re not feeling that, I feel like that makes it a very hard sort of time to find that.’
Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘Why’s Gemma making Liam leaving about herself lmaoooo weirdo.’
Another person tweeted: ‘Not Gemma making Liam leaving about her #LoveIsland.’
Unimpressed: Love Island viewers were angered by Gemma Owen, 19, during Friday night’s episode of the show as they claimed she made Liam Llewellyn’s departure all about her
One other person wrote: ‘When did Liam mention Gemma when he said he wanted to leave? Like it’s not always about her #loveisland.’
‘Liam leaving and Gemma still trying to make it all about her!! #LoveIsland,’ posted another show fan.’
While someone else wrote: ‘How has Gemma managed to make Liam leaving the villa about her? #loveIsland.’
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
‘Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
‘I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
‘I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
‘There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Afia Tonkmor
Occupation: Lounge Host at a Private Members Club
Who is their type on paper? ‘I love going on dates but I want to be in a relationship and just call it a day!
‘I like going on dates but I am just so done with it now, I just want the relationship, chill thing.’