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true to myself Love Island’s Jake Cornish hits back at claims that he was 'playing a game' on the show

'I’ve just got to be true to myself – if I was trying to have a game plan, I think I’d still be there, I wouldn’t have left'

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Jake Cornish (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Jake Cornish (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Jake Cornish (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Love Island’s Jake Cornish has hit back at claims that he was ‘playing a game’ on the show.

The 24-year-old walked out of the villa with ex-girlfriend Liberty Poole in an emotional episode on Friday night after the couple decided to end their romance.

Prior to their exit from the show, Liberty had been having doubts about Jake after he was accused of being a ‘game player’ by the public and their fellow Islanders.

Explaining his decision to leave Love Island to The Mirror, Jake said: “I’ve just got to be true to myself – if I was trying to have a game plan, I think I’d still be there, I wouldn’t have left.

“Actions speak for themselves. I’ve stepped aside from the people who have got something good going, let them enjoy their moment.”

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Liberty Poole (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Liberty Poole (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Liberty Poole (Joel Anderson/ITV)

 

The couple – formerly dubbed ‘Jiberty’ - quit the show just days before the final, which is due to air on Monday night.

“It was time for myself and Liberty to basically step aside from all the couples that are moving forward. It was kind of sucking the energy out of them,” Jake said.

“I don’t want another couple to get voted out and me and Lib are still in there.

“I’d feel awful that they’ve gone when they are a couple and a real couple who are together, and me and Lib aren’t anything no more. It wouldn’t be fair.”

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Monday night’s final will see either Chloe and Toby, Faye and Teddy, Kaz and Tyler, or Liam and Millie take home the coveted £50,000 prize.

Jake insisted that, had they won the show, he and Liberty would have split the winnings.

“There’s no way I’d keep that to myself,” the water engineer said. “My whole journey has been Lib.

“Lib would have shared it. She only sees good in people; she only sees positive. She hasn’t got a bad bone in her body. So, 100% sure she would have shared it because our ­journey was together.”

He added that the pair “ended on very good terms”, and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of rekindling their romance.

He said: “Will it go strong again on the outside? Who knows? Definitely we’ll keep in contact.”

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