Before he even set foot in the South African villa, Ollie was widely criticised for being the director of a business called Cornish Sporting Agency. A listing with Companies House gave the nature of the business as "hunting" and "trapping".
Pictures, which have since been deleted, also emerged which showed the 23-year-old heir to the Lanhydrock Estate posing with dead animals. After the story surfaced, a petition was started to get him removed from the villa and it had attracted more than 30,000 signatures. He had also received more than 500 Ofcom complaints.
Having left the Love Island house I have become aware of the press stories circulating in the UK. I would like to make a number of comments on the various claims and accusations. I had no knowledge of the stories until I had left the Love Island villa and all cast members are unaware of any news stories while they are on the programme. My reasons for leaving Love Island are as communicated on the show. I did not shoot any of the animals shown in the photographs nor have I ever shot as a trophy hunter. I did volunteer to take part in the conservation and anti-poaching programme in Mozambique, a part off which involves old or sick animals being culled. I was there as an observer. The Cornish Sporting Agency was set up in 2017 and has never traded. I feel very passionately about conservation and will continue to support sustainable conservation causes around the globe. These benefit the natural world and the animals which live within it, even if certain elements appear controversial when viewed out of context. As I am no longer in Love Island, I will comment no further on this issue.
Just three days after entering the villa, Ollie announced he was leaving because he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend Laura Nofer, who he dated for 18 months before they split last year.
"I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else… I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore these feelings," he said in the Beach Hut.
"At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love. If I carried on anything with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them."
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