Jacques O’Neill of Love Island SNUBS reunion show after Paige Thorne moved on with Adam Collard and he came under new fire for ‘bullying’ Tasha Ghouri
Love Island star Jacques O’Neill was the only cast member of the 2022 series to avoid the Thursday reunion show.
The series eight stars first came together outside the villa to film the annual reunion show, which will air on ITV2 on Sunday evening.
Still, Jacques, 23, chose to skip the filming amid criticism after his partner Paige Thorne romantically moved on with Adam Collard and amid new allegations that he was “bullying” fellow islander Tasha Ghouri.
Miss: Love Island star Jacques O’Neill was the only 2022 series cast member to avoid Thursday’s reunion show (pictured on GMB earlier in the day)
A source told The Sun: “Unfortunately, Jacques has decided that he is not ready to see Paige and especially not with Adam.
“He’s decided to wait for a more opportune time to talk to her again after all he’s been through.”
MailOnline has reached out to Jacques’ representatives for comment.
The former rugby player quit Love Island earlier this month when former contestant Adam, who has a reputation for womanizing, was called up by ITV producers for the current series and soon began flirting with Paige.
Cute couple: Jacques, 23, chose to skip filming amid the backlash after his partner Paige Thorne romanticized with Adam Collard (pictured heading to the reunion)
Hours before the reunion was due to be filmed, he appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss life after the dating show, admitting that he ‘just wanted my mum’ after his traumatic experience.
Host Kate Garraway started by asking Jacques, ‘How do you feel now that you’re gone because the episode you left was emotional to watch’
Jacques responded: ‘When I first came out it was very different for me, I was afraid of life and what would come next for me.
“When I was in the holding villa, all I wanted was my mother. We got death threats. I thought to myself: I’m going to delete social media’
The reality personality decided to remove himself after Adam’s arrival when he stated, “Love Island was the worst decision of my life.”
While Jacques gained widespread sympathy following his interview, public mood quickly turned over the course of the day when he was mocked with fellow islander Tasha in a private Instagram story leaked online.
Jacques filmed himself watching Tasha’s speech to Andrew Le Page in the Love Island finale at the Summer Ball.
Caught: Public mood quickly changed during the day when he was mocked with fellow islander Tasha in a private Instagram story leaked online
Over the top, he quoted Davide Sanclimenti’s now iconic words, saying, ‘You’re a liar, an actress, get the f**k out!’
After the video was leaked on Twitter, fans began to turn against Jacques, arguing that he had left the villa because of his mental health, but cared little for the mental health of others, especially women.
Many said they were much less sympathetic to his plight and claimed that he bullied Tasha.
One tweeted: ‘So Jacques left the villa to protect his own sanity but still bullies one of the girls from outside. Isn’t mental health important for girls?’
Tasha’s dad then waded in line and took to Twitter to share a crafty dig at Jacques.
Commenting on the video clip, he wrote, “Some people grow and mature through their island experience, others don’t. It is what it is.’
Shadow: On Thursday, Tasha’s dad waded into line and took to Twitter to share a crafty dig at Jacques