Love Islands Paige in tears as she feels guilty for not leaving with Jacques
Love Island 's Paige Thorne broke down in tears as she admitted she feels "guilty" for not leaving with Jacques O'Neill.
During Tuesday's episode, Jacques' emotional exit was aired after he decided to leave the villa to be "himself" again and vowed to wait for Paige, 24, on the outside.
Prior to the episode, the hit ITV2 dating show had confirmed the rugby star's, 23, departure and released a statement.
It read: "Jacques has made the decision to leave the Villa. He will explain his reasons to the Islanders during tonight’s episode. We fully support his decision and look forward to seeing what’s next for Jacques."
At the end of Tuesday's episode, the rugby player, who had previously furiously branded newcomer Adam Collard as "nothing", decided to leave the villa.
He admitted in the Beach Hut: "If someone told me I'd find a connection in here… I'd say: 'Shut up, mate'. I've found the best connection I've ever had, I don't want to f**k it up as I don't want to lose her."
He then pulled Paige for a chat on the terrace where he broke down in tears, he said: "Oh f**king hell, you mean so much to me. You know that. The past two weeks… things have just, it's hard in here, I'm finding it hard.
"I'm trying to shut it off, putting a brave face on, things are getting to me. Basically, like, I just wish I could finish my journey off with you in here but I'm going to go home today."
Paige then broke down in tears as Jacques told her to "still enjoy her time" on the show and insisted that he would be waiting for her on the outside.
The paramedic said: "I don't want you to go, obviously I want you to be happy, it hurts me seeing you this way…"
Paige then got emotional as she added: "I just feel so guilty…" with Jacques asking: "Guilty about what?"
With the paramedic explaining: "For not coming with you and not leaving as well."
Jacques then insisted: "Why? You can have the best time without me and do not feel guilty for not leaving with me. I'm picking you up from the airport, whenever, a taxi is not picking you up. I'm your taxi."
He added: "I just know for us to work, I need to get back to myself, the only way I'm going to get back to myself is going home. I can't carry on like this, I can't do it."
Speaking in the Beach Hut, he said: "Like I said last week, the only thing keeping me in the villa is Paige. Never felt this way for anyone so like… yeah, I just want to get home, be myself again and carry things on outside."
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Jacques then told the rest of the villa his plans to leave, where he said: "I feel like lately, I just can't be myself. I'm trying my best but I'm not a fake person. I'm not going to start faking things and act like I'm okay when things inside aren't actually okay. So I'm going to be leaving, today.
"I can't stick around and not be myself. Not fair to me and not fair for Paige. For me and Paige to work… I need to be my best. If that means removing myself from the situation and waiting for Paige when she gets out, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to be leaving now."
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