Love Island’s Ollie Williams denies trophy hunting in furious statement

Love Island contestant Ollie Williams has released a statement denying his involvement in game hunting after he sensationally quit the show.

Fans of the ITV2 dating series claimed to be suspicious of Ollie's exit that came after shock pictures surfaced of him posed alongside dead animals.

The images of Ollie smiling and sat beside the wild beasts infuriated fans who called for him to be removed from the villa.

Over 500 complaints were made to Ofcom demanding producers take action, but the 23-year-old aristocrat has insisted the backlash did not prompt his decision to leave.

In a statement, Ollie addressed the rumours he lied about his exit – after he was seen on Wednesday night's show telling his castmates he had to leave because he was still in love with his ex girlfriend.


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Speaking the day after his departure aired, a defiant Ollie said:"Having left the Love Island house I have become aware of the press stories circulating in the UK. I would like to make a number of comments on the various claims and accusations.  

"I had no knowledge of the stories until I had left the Love Island villa and all cast members are unaware of any news stories while they are on the programme.   

"My reasons for leaving Love Island are as communicated on the show.


"I did not shoot any of the animals shown in the photographs nor have I ever shot as a trophy hunter.

"I did volunteer to take part in the conservation and anti-poaching programme in Mozambique, a part off which involves old or sick animals being culled. I was there as an observer. "

He went on: "The Cornish Sporting Agency was set up in 2017 and has never traded.    I feel very passionately about conservation and will continue to support sustainable conservation causes around the globe. These benefit the natural world and the animals which live within it, even if certain elements appear controversial when viewed out of context.     

"As I am no longer in Love Island, I will comment no further on this issue."


After Ollie was accused of being involved in the bloody sport, animal rights activists targeted his family's home in Cornwall, according to reports.

The Mail Online claimed that Lanhydrock estate was under the watch of 24-hour guards over fears of an attak.

Andrew and Clare Williams, are said to havereported the messages to Devon and Cornwall Police, who are now investigating the matter.

A source close to the family told the publication: "There has been a threat. It was in the form of a message left on an answer machine on the estate.

"The Police have been informed and are investigating who is behind it."


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On Wednesday evening, viewers got to witness Ollie's emotional exit from the villa.

He stunned his Love Island co-stars by announcing  that he was leaving because he "still loves his girlfriend".

He gathered all the boys outside where he told them: "Coming in here and getting to know Paige the last few days, it’s made me realise something quite big. Paige is obviously the first girl that I’ve gone through the motions with or anything like that since my last girlfriend.


"What it’s made me realise is the fact that I’ve still got massive feelings for her and I’m being dishonest to myself, I’m being dishonest to Paige and I’m being dishonest to you boys and everyone else.

"Anything that I carry on with in here is just going to be fake."

In the Beach Hut, Ollie says: “My brain is saying, ‘Do this, do this’, but my heart’s just being like ‘Mate, you’re telling yourself a lie here. Your heart lies elsewhere’.

“I think, that feeling, it’s constantly in the back of my mind, in the back of my heart.”

Later, Ollie explains the situation to Paige:“My brain is saying, ‘Do this, do this’, but my heart’s just being like ‘Mate, you’re telling yourself a lie here. Your heart lies elsewhere’.

“I think, that feeling, it’s constantly in the back of my mind, in the back of my heart.”

Gathering the Islanders around the fire pit, Ollie says: "It shouldn’t have taken this to make me realise it, but I still have feelings for someone else on the outside.

“I just think if I stay any longer it’s me just not being honest with my own heart.

“So unfortunately guys I’m going to have to leave I think.”

*Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2

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