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Dumped Love Island star AJ Bunker opens up about being ‘friend-zoned’ by Hugo Hammond

"I don’t think he gave me too much of a chance to be honest or made that much effort..."

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Dumped Love Island star AJ Bunker has opened up about being “friend-zoned” by Hugo Hammond.

The 28-year-old entered the villa last Wednesday, and spent days grafting for the PE teacher.

But earlier this week, Hugo encouraged AJ to get to know new boy Danny Bibby instead as he didn’t feel they had a strong connection.


After being brutally dumped from Love Island on Wednesday night, AJ admitted she doesn’t think Hugo gave her a fair chance.

In her exit interview, the hair extension technician said: “You see these guys on TV and they’re attractive guys – Hugo, definitely, was more attractive to me in person. His eyes – when you see them in person, he’s gorgeous.”

“Everything he said was this is the kind of guy I want to be with. He has the right morals. I have certain expectations in a relationship and Hugo meets those expectations. I don’t feel like I need to teach him how to be a good boyfriend.”

“He has the right morals, knows how to respect a woman, he’s really funny, very comfortable to be around. I just feel natural around him.”

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She continued: “As time went on, it was like OK maybe we’re not so compatible. But the first few chats, he was approaching me and I really liked that. I like that he came up to me, made me feel comfortable.”

“He’s a good-looking guy and really lovely. That’s all you want – a nice guy in your life! I’m done with idiots.”


AJ revealed she asked the other girls for their advice on the situation and after realising Hugo was “a bit of a slow burner”, she decided to take the lead.

“But I think as time went on, he’s not giving me much back. I feel like maybe I should have put my efforts elsewhere, but you don’t know from the first chats. It was starting to make me feel like, is he a slow burner, or not interested?”


When asked would she meet Hugo outside of the villa, AJ replied: “Well, he friend-zoned me now, so I’d be happy to meet up with him as a friend.”


“But I feel like, I put in quite a bit of effort and I guess we’ll just see when he comes out. I don’t think he gave me too much of a chance to be honest or made that much effort.”

AJ revealed she and Danny “clicked straight away”, and said it was “a shame” they didn’t have more time in the villa together. 

“It’s early days, we’ll see what happens I guess. I’m open to see what happens.”

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AJ said she got along best with Kaz Kamwi in the villa, adding: “She’s just got my kind of positive energy and good vibes. Absolutely adored her. Kaz is definitely my kind of person, she reminds me of my girls back home.”

The 28-year-old admitted she thought Liam Reardon and Millie Court could win the show, describing the pair as a “lovely and strong couple”.

“I’d definitely go back [on the show] it was fun,” she added. “I probably will still keep watching, root for the guys and see how it all pans out. And it’ll be interesting to see how strong those couples are. The couples are actually quite strong already, so it’ll be interesting to see what the turn of events are.”

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Player.

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