Lucie Donlan has revealed that she almost left ITV2 hit series Love Island early, after feeling ganged up on by the female contestants.
The model told The Sun newspaper that she felt the girls had intentionally caused drama in her relationship with Joe Garratt.
“I did think about quitting,” she confessed.
“There was one night when I was really upset, because the girls had drilled it into Joe that I shouldn’t be spending all this time with Tommy.”
“He came to talk to me about it but I was more upset by what they had done.”
“After that, I didn’t really want to speak to them because I felt I couldn’t trust them enough. I thought if I did, they might bitch about me behind my back.”
Lucie told the paper that she felt unable to cope emotionally with the treatment she was receiving.
“I can remember sitting there crying and thinking, ‘Will it be like this all the way through? Oh God, I won’t be able to cope with that’.”
“Love Island was meant to be fun. All I wanted was to have a laugh and try to find a boyfriend. But those girls are not like me. They like drama.”
“It was like being in a school playground. I felt really alone and I didn’t know who I could talk to.”
Lucie told the show’s producers that she wanted to leave, but they convinced her to stay one more night to make up her mind properly.
Luckily, fellow contestant Maura Higgins soon arrived, and the two became firm friends.
“We both had a hard time and supported each other,” she said of Maura. “When she first came into the villa, she said to me, ‘I realise how they’ve been treating you and I don’t like to see it, so I’m going to back you.”
Lucie also revealed the newcomer Arabella Chi told the female contestants that they had been seen upsetting Lucie on the show, causing them to leave her alone.
“When Arabella came in, she told the other girls immediately that she had seen what had been happening between them and me — that they had all ganged up on me,” she said.
“They denied it but they obviously realised bad things were being shown on TV. And they didn’t like it, so they backed off after that.”
“Love Island was meant to be fun but those girls are not like me. I felt alone,” she finished.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm.