Love Island’s Zara Holland weeps after her Miss Great Britain title is revoked following sex with Alex
Published 18/06/2016 | 16:19
Zara Holland, a contestant on ITV2’s reality series Love Island, wept as she revealed to her fellow Islanders that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title for having sex on national television.
The 20-year-old, who was seen getting intimate with scaffolder Alex Bowen, 24, by around a million viewers on Wednesday night, was informed yesterday off camera of the pageant’s decision.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Holland’s representatives said: “We are disappointed at Miss GB's archaic views but respect their decision and will try not to lose any sleep over it!”
Holland – who has been replaced as Miss Great Britain by runner-up Deone Robertson – can be seen in Sunday’s episode of Love Island telling the cameras in the diary room that she is “so disappointed” and that it's her own fault.
We can also see her breaking down in tears in front of her fellow contestants. “They’ve taken my title,” she says, as some of the girls run to comfort her.
Before the pageant released its statement yesterday, Holland had admitted to everyone that she regretted her actions. “You know when you’re in the moment and it just happens,” she said. “That’s really not like me at all. Why couldn’t we have just gone to sleep?”
The official statement from Miss Great Britain organisers read: “Although Miss Great Britain is the oldest pageant system in the UK, we pride ourselves on promoting the positivity of pageants in modern society and this includes the promotion of a strong, positive, female role model in our winners.
“The feedback we have received from pageant insiders and members of the general public is such that we cannot promote Zara as a positive role model moving forward.
We wholly understand that everyone makes mistakes, but Zara, as an ambassador for Miss Great Britain, simply did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title.”
The pageant’s decision means that Holland will not compete in the Miss World competition, which is due to take place in Malaysia in December.
Writing in the Telegraph, Elizabeth Day defended Holland – who has been the subject of copious column inches in the past 24 hours – saying that the way the pageant organisers have treated her is “contemptible”.
She continued: “If I’m looking for advice on standards of moral behaviour, I probably wouldn’t go to the organisers of a contest so retrograde that it insists on calling all of its contestants ‘Miss’ and only allowed divorced women to compete in 2010.”
Caroline Flack, the presenter of the show, also tweeted her support for Holland: "Feel even more sorry for Zara now she's been de-crowned. She's a very sweet girl . What even is 'miss GB' ? Are we living in the dark ages?"