A new bout of drama hit the Love Island villa this Sunday as the singletons kicked off another week in the South African villa.
Some couples hit the rocks, as Tom Clare and Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown called time on their budding romance after butting heads over a controversial challenge.
But as the pair called it quits, fans appear convinced that Zara is being bullied after finding herself in the centre of a love triangle with Tom and rival Olivia Hawkins.
And if that wasn’t enough, sizzling new bombshell Samie Elishi had the boys in a twist as Ron Hall’s head appeared to be turning once again from love interest Lana Jenkins, despite claiming to be putting all his energy into their connection.
After a jam-packed episode that had our heads turning in every direction, MailOnline is here to answer your every question about what is going on in the vila…
We’re off: A new bout of drama hit the Love Island villa this Sunday as the singletons kicked off another week in the South African villa, with Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown ending up in tears before splitting from Tom Clare
Earlier this week, viewers watched as Tom said Zara’s rival Olivia, 27, had the ‘best face’ while she had the ‘best body’ during a game of truth and dare.
And during Sunday night’s episode, Zara, 25, was left furious as she broke down into tears and told as she became frustrated with his choices after the game, with the pair later agreeing to park their romance and remain friends.
When asked by Lana Jenkins if she was ok, Zara said: ‘No, I just can’t be a***d. All the girls picked Tom. Liv picked Tom like twice. He picked Liv’s face. I’m not just some f*****g booty to you.’
Emotional: Zara, 25, was left furious as she broke down into tears and told as she became frustrated with his choices after a game of ‘dares’
Lana then told Tom what had been said, prompting him to say in the Beach Hut: ‘The initial attraction is there with me and Zara but, will it last?’
Zara and Tom then slept on things as they had little communication, before heading for a chat the following day – where they decided that romance wasn’t on the cards.
Agreeing that neither would change their ways, the duo agreed to call it friends as Zara admitted she thought there was ‘no coming back’ from Tom’s choice in the game.
Dying down: Zara and Tom then slept on things as they had little communication, before heading for a chat the following day – where they decided that romance wasn’t on the cards
Not gonna happen: Agreeing that neither would change their ways, the duo agreed to call it friends as Zara admitted she thought there was ‘no coming back’ from Tom’s choice in the game
‘I think there has been a lot of drama and headaches and confusion, and for this to happen this early on, it’s too much,’ they agreed.
Zara and Tom ended things on a positive note, agreeing to be there for one another on a friendship level.
‘I think you’re a top girl and you have good intentions. I’ll always be here for you,’ concluded the footballer.
HAS NEW BOMBSHELL SAMIE CAUSED A STIR?
New girl Samie entered the villa with a bang during Sunday’s episode and appeared to have some of the boys frazzled – noteably Ron.
Despite declaring earlier in the day that his sights were set on current love interest Lana, the arrival of Estate Agent Samie appears to have thrown a spanner in the works.
As the brunette beauty arrived, the Essex hunk admitted that the she was ‘100%’ his type as she made her arrival into the villa, noting that he’s ‘not completely closed off’.
New girl Samie entered the villa with a bang during Sunday’s episode and appeared to have some of the boys frazzled – noteably Ron
When Samie grilled what his situation was in the villa, Ron responded: ‘I have been a bit of a naughty boy, I’ve been in quite a few couples. But yeah, me and Lana are in a good place right now, but nobody is closed off yet, we’ll see.’
And later heading to the beach hut, Ron admitted that the new arrival had left him confused: ‘Me and Lana have got a good thing going but we’ll see. Samie is 100% my type on paper, petite brunette. Literally, If I could draw out my type, that’s it.’
‘I’m actually worried for you, Ron,’ said Shaq Muhammad as they had a debrief following Samie’s arrival.
And again: As the brunette beauty arrived, the Essex hunk admitted that the she was ‘100%’ his type as she made her arrival into the villa, noting that he’s ‘not completely closed off’
Will he resist? And talking with the boys later, Ron wondered if he would be able to resist the temptation of getting to know yet another girl
While Ron replied: ‘Yes, the temptation is there, she is 100% my type, and do I want to get into trouble with Lana again? I don’t think so, it’s just about temptation.’
It will be yet another test for Ron and Lana, with the former previously exploring connections with both Zara and Ellie – getting him into hot water with the make-up artist, who claimed she ‘won’t be second choice’.
The pair cooled things off after Ron decided to explore things with Ellie, despite previously telling Lana his sights were firmly on her.
But after realising there wasn’t a spark with Ellie, the Financial Advisor came back to Lana and claimed that he would work hard to get them back into a strong couple.
And now, viewers are convinced Ron could already be set to go back on his word with the arrival of Samie.
Mixed signals: Earlier in the episode, the Financial Advisor came back to Lana and claimed that he would work hard to get them back into a strong couple – but fans think he could be already turning to Samie
Fans of the show have threatened to go to Ofcom after claiming Zara was being bullied after finding herself in a love triangle involving Olivia and Tom.
Taking to Twitter this week, show fans claimed Zara was being ‘gaslit’ and ‘bullied’ as the scenes unfolded on screen.
‘If Zara gets dumped this week complaints will be made to Ofcom about bullying, these producers know exactly what they are doing,’ wrote one person on Twitter.
Unimpressed: Fans have threatened to go to Ofcom after claiming Zara has being bullied on the show
‘If I was in the UK Ofcom would have to block me because of the amount of reports I would file on these bullies,’ wrote someone else.
While another viewer posted: ‘No these guys are all SO cold towards Zara it’s disgusting. Why so much animosity towards her? This is BULLYING!!!’
Another viewer posted: ‘I acc want to make an Ofcom complaint cos it’s mad how the whole villa is gaslighting Zara.’
While many branded Lana fake as she hugged Zara in a bid to comfort her, while the latter burst into tears and fumed over Tom’s choices during the game.
Emotional: Taking to Twitter this week, show fans claimed Zara was being ‘gaslit’ and ‘bullied’ as the scenes unfolded on screen of her love triangle with Tom and Olivia (pictured)
Bold move: Some viewers said they were going to contact Ofcom over how Zara was being treated
Unimpressed with Lana attempting to comfort Zara, one viewer tweeted: ‘WHYYYYY TF! Is Lana fasting up herself to go speak on Zara’s feelings towards Tom in front of the whole villa when she’s been slyly bullying her since she walked in?? Oh yh..cos she’s a bully.’
Someone else wrote: ‘This babe, Lana, spreading Zara’s business for what ? And Olivia with her big mouth, talking about “it’s a game” … when she was crying for 40 days and 40 nights over Zara calling her two faced’
‘Lana the fakest woman in there,’ wrote another viewer, while someone else shared: ‘Lana is a shady snake.’
Wary: While many branded Lana fake as she hugged Zara in a bid to comfort her, while the latter burst into tears and fumed over Tom’s choices during the game
Not a fan: Lana prompted viewers to brand her fake as she tried to comfort Zara as she cried over Tom
WILL TOM AND OLIVIA REKINDLE THINGS? OR ARE HIS SIGHTS ELSEWHERE?
The end of Tom and Zara’s romance sparked the question of whether he would return to former flame Olivia, who had been involved in a love triangle with the couple.
Things appeared to be heading that way, as Olivia admitted that the door wasn’t completely shut on her feelings towards Tom.
And as they went for a chat together, they agreed that there was unfinished business between them during a cryptic chat.
Going back? The end of Tom and Zara’s romance sparked the question of whether he would return to former flame Olivia, who had been involved in a love triangle with the couple
Still a spark? Things appeared to be heading that way, as Olivia admitted that the door wasn’t shut on her feelings towards Tom
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But viewers were left confused as Tom then took blonde beauty Ellie for a chat on the terrace shortly after his conversation with Olivia.
The pair enjoyed a very flirty chat, before sharing a secret first kiss.
During the flirty chat, Ellie said: ‘I haven’t been on the terrace with anyone yet, this is my first time,’ before adding, ‘Why are you staring at me like that? You know what you’re doing, staring into my soul, I love it though.’
Wandering eye: But viewers were left confused as Tom then took blonde beauty Ellie for a chat on the terrace shortly after his conversation with Olivia
They had also continued their chemistry while he was working out in the gym, with her admitting he makes her ‘flustered’.
On the terrace, she admitted, ‘I wish I picked up a weight in the gym today, but I didn’t want to sweat too much in front of you’.
Tom responded: ‘I might like that though. You can wear a sexy little gym outfit.’
After they locked lips, Tom said, ‘That was nice, I enjoyed that,’ to which she said: ‘Just don’t tell anyone.’ He concluded, ‘I won’t, it’s our little secret.’
Pucker up: Love Island’s Tom Clare enjoyed a secret kiss with Ellie Spencer during Sunday’s episode, after ending his fledgling romance with Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown
LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Tanya Manhenga
Occupation: Student and model
Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’
‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’
‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’
Name: Lana Jenkins
Occupation: Makeup artist
Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’
Name: Tanyel Revan
Location: North London
Occupation: Hair stylist
Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’
‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’
‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’
Name: Olivia Hawkins
Occupation: Ring girl and actress
Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’
‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’
Name: Tom Clare
Occupation: Semi-Pro Footballer
Something not many people know about him: I’m a High School Musical fan
Name: Aaron Waters
Something not many people know about him: He thinks his appearance on Love Island UK was ‘diving timing’
Name: Ellie Spence
Occupation: Business Development Executive at a law firm
Something not many people know about her: “When I was drunk I climbed over the gates of my friend’s house, fell and almost lost my leg.”
Name: Samie Elishi
Occupation: Senior Estate Agent Coordinator
Something not many people know about her: “I’m a really honest person and I have no filter. I won’t take rubbish from anyone, especially when it comes to guys!”
Name: Kai Fagan
Occupation: Science and PE teacher
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’
‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’
‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’
Name: Ron Hall
Occupation: Financial advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’
‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’
Name: Will Young
Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’
‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’
Name: Shaq Muhammad
Occupation: Airport security officer
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’
‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.
That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’
Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown
Name: Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown
Occupation: Model and property developer
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve gone onto do lots of modelling and dancing for music videos for UK and global artists, I’ve worked with people like Hardy Caprio, Headie One, Aitch, Tione Wayne and more.’
Name: Jessie Wynter
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Something you may not know about her: She was on series two of Love Island Australia
Name: Spencer Wilks
Occupation: E-Commerce Business Owner
Something not many people know about him: He loves Justin Bieber