Amy left Love Island and the whole nation got emotional

Amy chose to leave the villa after her split from half-boyfriend Curtis

Love Island Amy ©ITV

We may have seen several Islanders choose to make an early exit from Love Island, but none have made us quite so emotional as Amy Hart’s departure from the villa in last night’s (Wednesday 10th July) episode.

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The air hostess decided to bow out of the ITV 2 reality show after quite a messy split from her partner Curtis Pritchard – following his own admission his head had been turned during Casa Amor.

In tearful scenes, Amy told Curtis she was leaving in order to give him a second chance at love, and allow her time to get over her first heartbreak.

“Realistically for me, I’m not going to be ready in the next three weeks to meet someone else,” she said. “Realistically for you, you will not be happy all the time here because you’ll always put me first because you’re such a good person.

“That’s why I love you so much and that’s why I want you to be happy. You are not going to be happy whilst I’m still here. So, I’m leaving today but it’s a positive thing because I’m going to go and start the rest of my life today…”

Amy then confessed in the Beach Hut, “I have been on such a huge journey. I never thought someone would make me feel so special that I would fall in love with them and I did and it makes me realise that that will happen for me again, just not in here.”

Amy’s exit left both her fellow Islanders, and fans at home, in tears, with many praising her for putting her own wellbeing first ahead of the fame and fortune Love Island often brings.

From one Amy to another, former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan posted a video of herself in mock tears from the outcome of the episode.

Love Island series three stars Gabby Allen and Chris Hughes praised “sweet-hearted” Amy for her decision, calling her exit “genuine”.

Elsewhere, Love Island series four contestant Kendall Rae Knight described Amy’s departure as “emotional”, and said she respected Amy’s choice to quit.

Other fans of the show described Amy as “admirable” for her handling of the situation.

Amy’s departure from the villa may pave the way for Curtis to start cracking on with Maura, who told him that she was now interested in him.

However, will the arrival of two new Islanders now change that?

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