Joe Garratt has officially ruled out reigniting his romance with Lucie Donlan.
After Lucie was dumped from the Island last week, Love Island fans encouraged the pair to couple up in the real world – but sadly they’ve chosen to just remain friends.
Speaking on talkRADIO, Joe said: “We’re friends, we’re not dating, no, we’re friends. We had such a strong connection in there, I really fancy the girl, she’s such a nice person.”
“I’m happy we’re going to be friends, take all the pressure off. I don’t know if I’m heartbroken, you’ve got to be tough going into that situation.”
During his time on the show, Joe was accused of gaslighting Lucie, and his behaviour was heavily criticised on social media.
However, Joe has insisted that Lucie didn’t have any problems with his behaviour inside the villa.
He said: “If anything was untoward in there they have such a strong welfare team and would have pulled me out. It is a reality show.”
“It was a hard thing to come out to and see. I’m happy people can see the way I am now. Lucie came out and said ‘I had no problems with you at all’. That’s what I was waiting for.”
Although Joe hasn’t been on a date since leaving the villa, the sandwich maker admitted that he’s “having fun”.
He said: “I’m opening DMs going, ‘Ah, maybe not, maybe not.’ I haven’t been on a date since the show. I’m having fun.”
Love Island continues on Sunday night at 9pm on Virgin Media Two.