Love Island’s Jacques O’Neill apologises for alleged ‘bullying’


“The worst person to represent mental health and ADHD campaigns. He’s still out here mocking not only me but other islanders as well,” says Remi Lambert of fellow islander Jacques O’Neill amid bullying allegations.

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“Be nice,” say the parents of Love Island star Jacques O’Neill, whose controversial behavior his family says is due to his ADHD. [Photograph (C) ITV Plc]

Love Island’s Jacques O’Neill was accused of bullying his 2022 contestants but has since apologized.


Jacques left the villa on Day 37 to focus on his mental health after saying he felt he could no longer be himself following a falling out with bombshell Adam Collard, who kept a crush on Jacques former partner Paige Thorne had thrown.

Many fans began speculating that Jacques was forced to leave the show after accusing him and his pals Dami Hope and Luca Bish of bullying Tasha Ghouri throughout the series.


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Luca and Dami, who were often involved in Tasha’s relationship with Andrew Le Page, were seen apologizing to Tasha for their actions shortly after Jacques quit.

However, during the Love Island finale, Jacques posted a video of himself from his home attacking Tasha again and calling out her feelings towards her boyfriend.


As Tasha delivered her emotional speech to Andrew, Jacques recorded the TV screen as he shouted a familiar line from Davide: “You are a liar. you are an actress Get the shit out.”

Since then, Andrew has spoken to Heat Magazine in a Youtube interview, saying: “Tasha is my priority and obviously a video has come out. We try to detach from everything and just be ourselves and get on with life. “

“Be nice,” say the parents of Love Island star Jacques O’Neill, whose controversial behavior his family says is down to his ADHD. [Photograph (C) ITV Plc]

After the series ended, Jacques and runner-up Luca Bish were on an Instagram Live when a fake Remi Lambert account wrote live: “What you guys said about me and my rapping”.

The two boys appeared to be laughing at Draw’s rap skills, with Jacques jokingly saying, “It’s really very good, you should go pro.”


Remi later shared the video on his own Instagram, clarifying that it was a fake account that asked the question.

He wrote: “To be honest I don’t know why they didn’t get kicked out for their behavior. This is not banter, these are clear signs of bullying.


“Everyone said I lied about how I was treated at that villa, but this is an example of what went on while I was there. I don’t know why they weren’t kicked out for their behavior to be honest. This is not banter, these are clear signs of bullying.

Remi was dumped at Villa Love Island on day 14. (Source: ITV)

“I wish everyone could see all the crap I’ve been through. There are 24 hours in a day and you only see about 3-5 10 second clips of me throughout the day so you could never tell what really happened.


“Jacques said bad things about my looks and the way I spoke, while Luca supported it. After about 3 strikes from Jacques, I told him that I will no longer speak to him at the villa. He later tried to apologize to me, but about 10 minutes later he started making snide comments again. I’ve tried to avoid this guy multiple times but he always ends up starting over. I don’t know when it will stop.

“The worst person to represent mental health and ADHD campaigns. He’s still out here taunting not only me but other islanders as well. You would think with a platform this big they would use it to promote peace, but they use it to troll and they love the attention. Immature.


“These guys are not role models or good people. They never once thought about my sanity. If I wasn’t so strong-willed, I could have done something stupid to myself by now, but she doesn’t care at all.

Tasha and Andrew liked Draw’s post on Instagram and subsequently unfollowed Jacques on the social media platform.


Jacques has since apologized for his actions with a message on his Instagram Story, which read: “I just want to acknowledge the situation that is happening and apologize if my behavior has been offending or misconstrued over the past few weeks became. I really don’t have bad feelings towards anyone and I didn’t want anything to come off that way at all. It wasn’t my intention and I’m sincerely sorry if it was.

“Life has been very overwhelming lately and, admittedly, I probably haven’t been taking the best care of myself. I take full responsibility for my actions. I am aware that I am far from perfect and that I need to work on myself.


“On Monday I had my first therapy session which really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I know I’ve needed this for years, but it’s only now that I’ve decided to seek help. I know that after just one session it’s a step in the right direction for me.

“I’m not asking for sympathy, I just want to acknowledge the situation and move forward in the most positive way possible. However, I know that this can be an important lesson for me as I move forward and in the years to come. I hope I can become the person I want to be and use this new platform to spread a positive message. I’m sorry I let x down.”


Jacques O’Neill

Love Island 2022 star/former rugby player

Jacques O’Neill.

Jacques entered Villa 2022 on Love Island on the seventh day and had a date with Afia Tonkmor and Paige Thorne.

During his time on the series, he was best known for dating paramedic Paige and being best friends with Luca Bish.


After his antics at Casa Amor, Paige and Jacques were on the rocks and then bombshell Adam Collard came into the mansion with his eyes on Paige.

Things got very heated between Jacques and Adam in an argument and on Day 37 Jacques announced he was leaving the villa to focus on his mental health.


Since leaving Love Island he has started working with The Social PR and speaking on Good Morning Britain about his journey with ADHD.

He has always used his Instagram platform, which has a fanbase of 1.3million, to campaign for mental health – despite claims he bullied other contestants at the villa.


Before his reality show, he played in professional rugby league for the Castleford Tigers.

  • Age: 23
  • Born: May 8, 1999 in Cumbria, England
  • Lives: Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Relationship: His ex-girlfriend is Gemma Owen – runner-up at Love Island 2022
  • Assets: Estimated net worth of £1.2million

Tonight, Jacques will return to the Mend-A-Hose jungle to watch his former Castleford Tigers team-mates play Catalans Dragons.



Gemma Owen is in talks with Boohoo about a lucrative collaboration.

Jacques dated 19-year-old Gemma for around eight months from the summer of 2020 to early 2021.


He revealed they broke up because he was too focused on his rugby career.

However, Gemma and Jacques did appear in the same series of Love Island later that year – and they seemed to hit it off.


He even became a close friend of Luca Bish, who finished second on the show alongside Gemma.

Many fans of the ITV reality show also revealed that Gemma would have been around 17 when she was dating Jacques, four years her senior.

Bored with the single life, Paige is ready to enter the mansion and finally find true love.

Jacques entered the mansion on the seventh day and went on a date with Afia Tonkmor and Paige Thorne.

On Day 12, Paige chose Jacques in the first reconnect since he entered the villa.


Less than a week later, Jacques had no choice but to pair up with Danica Taylor after Paige was chosen by bombshell Jay Younger.

However, Paige continued her relationship with Jacques and the couple reconnected on the 23rd day.


She remained loyal to Casa Amor and decided to stay with Jacques, who also came back alone despite his Casa Amor affair with Cheyanne Kerr.

While Paige and Jacques were on the rocks after his antics at Casa Amor were revealed, the ultimate bombshell Adam Collard enters the mansion while keeping an eye on Paige.


After Jacques left the mansion and said he would wait for Paige outside, she began a relationship with Adam.

Antigoni Buxton.

Antigoni arrived at the villa on day 18 and was on the ITV show for just eight days – until she was dumped alongside Charlie Radnedge.


However, when Jacques left the villa on the 37th, he met up with Antigoni and took their mothers to brunch.

This speculated on a relationship between the couple, but both have since denied they are anything more than friends.


Antigoni is the daughter of British TV presenter Tonia Buxton.

During the show; She had a date with Dami, Davide, Charlie and Jay – and was in a relationship with the winner Davide and Charlie.