Wednesday 22 January 2020

Love Island’s Simon says Jonny has had ‘weight lifted’ by dumping Camilla for Tyla

The latest drama has seen one of the villa’s most beloved couples split, and the latest evictee has shared his thoughts about it.

Love Island’s Simon shares his thoughts about Jonny and Camilla after being booted (ITV Studios)
Love Island’s Simon shares his thoughts about Jonny and Camilla after being booted (ITV Studios)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

The Love Island villa was hit with a surprise dumping in Wednesday’s episode, and Simon Searles was the unlucky hunk to receive the booting.

The barber, who joined the Majorcan villa last week, was culled when the other Love Islanders chose for him to leave after he and partner Tyla Carr were voted the least compatible couple by the public.

Speaking after his shock exit from the ITV2 reality show, Searles discussed the other big bombshell of the episode – Jonny Mitchell splitting from Camilla Thurlow to embark on a romance with Carr.

Love Island’s Simon Searles (ITV)

Searles said that Mitchell “seems good” following the drama, which first saw Mitchell trying to downplay his feelings for model Carr and reassuring Thurlow, before changing his tune and announcing he had to be “honest” with himself.

Searles said: “I think he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders with Camilla.

“He genuinely wanted to see where it went with Camilla because she is a lovely person. Jonny is a really nice guy and on paper they really match up, but I think he wanted a bit more excitement when he was in there.

“Tyla has really caught his eye. He just wanted to give Tyla a shot.

Jonny Mitchell and Tyla Carr (ITV)

“I told him to go for it in the first place, no disrespect to Camilla, I said he should give her a shot. He didn’t look like he was going to take the opportunity so I thought I would end up moving in on Tyla even though I knew Jonny was more Tyla’s type.”

The 28-year-old added: “It sort of backfired a bit when Jonny stepped up after I chose her, but I always said I’d never be in competition with Jonny over anything.

“It just unfolded in a way that meant that I got dumped from the Island. It was quite unlucky really.”

Camilla Thurlow (ITV)

In the previous episode, during a surprise recoupling, Mitchell had chosen his faithful flame Thurlow, a bomb disposal expert, although he later confessed he would have picked Carr.

He said he refrained at the time because it would have “caused too many problems”.

In Wednesday’s episode of the Caroline Flack-fronted show, Thurlow was seen in tears after learning of Mitchell’s true intentions with Carr, particularly when she heard that he had said he wanted to “rip” Carr’s clothes off.

:: Love Island continues on ITV2 on Thursday at 9pm.

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