Love Island’s Olivia insists ‘I’m not a villain’ as she breaks silence after villa exit

Dumped Love Island star Olivia Hawkins has insisted that she's not a "villain", despite many viewers of the show branding her as such during her time in the villa.

During her time in the villa Olivia, 27, was at the centre of plenty of drama in the show, including when she fumed at Kai Fagan for choosing to recouple with Sanam Harrinanan, despite Olivia herself recoupling with Max Samuda after Casa Amor.

She also found herself embroiled in a row with Jessie Wynter, after she suggested that Jessie's intentions with Will Young and the show might not be genuine.

Fans repeatedly took to social media as episodes aired, with many branding Olivia a "villain" and a "snake", labels she has now insisted are not true to her personality.

Olivia told the The Sun: "When people meet me they will see the real me, I’m definitely not a villain. Now I’m out of the villa I’m looking forward to people seeing my fun side and my big heart. I’m a genuinely lovely person"

The actress also hit back at claims of "toxic femininity" within the villa, telling the outlet that "it was never about the girls bashing the boys."

Her comments come after fellow ex-islander Martin Akinola branded a number of the islanders as hypocrites after they remained supportive of Tanya Manhega, despite the fact that she humiliated Martin on national TV.

Following his exit he told The Daily Mail: "Obviously if the roles were reversed there would have been a riot. I would have had so many complaints to Ofcom.

"At no point did the girls tell Tanya that she was in the wrong, they literally did not do that. They supported each other. I was thinking 'what's going on here?"

Domestic abuse charity Mankind has also slammed the female Islanders' behaviour as "gaslighting" and "manipulative", following the drama of Casa Amor, when Shaq Muhammad, Tom Clare and Will Young all ended up in tears.

Mankind told MailOnline: "Love Island has once again showed that when it comes to abusive behaviours against partners such as manipulation and gaslighting, it affects men as well as women as victims.

"The producers need to make sure they apply the same standards to the male contestants as they have been forced to in recent years for female contestants. We and our supporters are monitoring the show closely."

In response to this, ITV told The Mirror: "Love Island holds a mirror up to relationships and all the different dynamics that go with them."

Viewers at home have also spoken out about the show's "toxic femininity" with one writing on Twitter: "I need half the girls booted from the villa at this point. Toxic femininity #loveIsland."

"May never forgive this cast for making me realize 'toxic femininity' was an actual phrase" added another, while a third penned: "The toxic femininity in that Villa is WILD! #loveIsland"

And another said: "The girls on this years Love Island are the worst ever. Don’t try to tell me different. Toxic femininity is a thing. #loveisland"


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