Zara Holland has thanked fans for their support after leaving the Love Island villa due to a family illness.
Her exit comes just days after it was publicly announced that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title due to her overnight actions with fellow contestant Alex Bowen.
This sums up how I'm feeling, but knowing I've got incredible support makes me feel very humble. Thank u so much? pic.twitter.com/gHh96MGWDI
— Zara Holland (@zaraholland11) June 19, 2016
While some agree with the organisation’s decision to “de-crown” Zara due to her status as a role model, plenty have been shocked and have called for a reversal. An online petition urging reinstatement has already gathered more than 8,000 signatures.
“I did Miss Great Britain because I wanted to. It’s something I wanted to do,” Zara said on the show after she’d been made aware of the decision.
“And if you put that hard work in and the commitment and the time and the effort…I did and I won, and I worked so hard… now I just made one silly, stupid mistake of being in the moment has ruined everything. I can’t even put into words how gutted I am.
“So if they want to give me it back that’s fine!” she added.
Her management company have joined the online support encouraging her with a picture that reads: ‘keep calm and always wear your invisible crown’.
— White Management (@WhiteMgmnt) June 18, 2016
Love Island continues tonight at the later time of 10:00pm on ITV2