Zara Holland leaves Love Island due to family illness

But the door is open for her to return

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Just days after she was de-crowned as Miss Great Britain, Love Island contestant Zara Holland has unexpectedly left the villa – but it’s probably not for the reason you’d expect.

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“Owing to an illness in the family, Zara Holland has left the Love Island villa to return to the UK,” a series spokesman revealed. “Our thoughts are with her and her family and we send all of our best wishes.”

“I’m so sad to leave the villa but it’s important for me to get home and spend time with my mum while she gets better,” Zara said in a statement about her departure.

“I’ve had the time of my life on Love Island and would like to thank all of my fellow Islanders and the production team for all their support.”

The move will come as a surprise to viewers of the show enjoying Zara’s time on the island, as she was only informed of her mother’s illness yesterday.

However, the programme-makers say that she could return to the competition at a later date if she wishes to “depending on circumstances in the villa”.

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Love Island continues today on ITV2 at 9.00pm