Love Island's Zara insists she has no regrets despite Tom's kiss
‘I regret nothing!’ Dumped Love Island bombshell Zara insists she was happy with every moment in the villa despite scenes which saw her SEETHE over partner Tom’s secret kiss with Ellie
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Dumped Love Island bombshell Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown insists she was perfectly content with her entire time in the villa despite being left furious after her former show partner Tom Clare kissed Ellie Spence behind her back.
Model and property developer Zara, 25, spoke out during an appearance on spin-off show Aftersun on Sunday and was adamant she had ‘no regrets’ despite causing chaos on the show after she broke the news of Tom’s dalliance with Ellie, 25, to her fellow Islanders.
On Monday, Zara fumed as she learned of Tom’s kiss with Ellie just hours after the pair had decided to end their coupling.
The instalment saw Tanya Manhenga, 22, spill the beans to Zara, after Will Young, 23, let slip the big secret earlier.
And despite Tanya begging Zara to keep quiet, the model insisted her former love rival Olivia Hawkins, 27, who Tom was coupled-up with needed to hear the truth.
Happy: Dumped Love Island bombshell Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown insists she was perfectly content with her entire time in the villa despite Tom Clare’s kiss with Ellie Spence
However, despite appearing furious and setting the cat amongst the pigeons in the villa after Tom and Ellie’s kiss, Zara insisted on Sunday that she would not change a thing, adding that she and Tom had a strong bond when they first got together.
When asked if she had any doubts about going straight for Tom by show host Maya Jama, 28, Zara responded: ‘I regret nothing. Our connection was completely mutual. It’s really intense in there, a day feels like a week.
‘He really put his eggs in my basket at one point. What more could I ask for? Until he turned into Terrace Tom.’
However, she seemed unimpressed that Tom chose to keep his options open with Ellie and Olivia, adding: ‘He does say one thing to one girl and one thing to another, I don’t think he actually knows what he wants. Maybe it’s his age.’
On what originally attracted her to Tom, she said: ‘His eyes! They stare into your soul. He’s very relaxing.’
Meanwhile, Zara sung Shaq Muhammad’s praises after the pair got on during their time on the show together, hinting she could have seen something working out between the pair of the opportunity had presented itself.
She said: ‘He’s from my area, me and him just clicked but I saw the connection between him and Tanya and I didn’t want to ruin that,’ before adding that she’d like to see Shaq and Tanya in the final.
On Tuesday, semi-professional footballer Tom shocked Olivia as he attempted to cover his tracks when it came to kissing Ellie, claiming he kissed her on a different day than Olivia stated.
Angry: On Monday, Zara fumed as she learned of Tom’s kiss with Ellie just hours after the pair had decided to end their coupling
When Olivia got wind of his antics, she confronted him, asking: ‘Do you have anything you want to tell me?’, before adding: ‘Nothing about the terrace today?’
Appearing baffled, Tom asked: ‘No, what?’, prompting Olivia to clarify: ‘Yeah, with Ellie.’
Buying time, Tom asked: ‘The terrace today?’, adding: ‘Nothing on the terrace today.’
Olivia asked: ‘No kiss?’
Unimpressed: Olivia was left infuriated during Tuesday’s episode after Tom (pictured) attempted to weasel his way out of his secret kiss with Ellie
Narrative: Semi-professional footballer Tom shocked Olivia (pictured), as he attempted to cover his tracks when it came to kissing Ellie
Telling all: Despite Tanya (right) begging Zara (left) to keep quiet, the model insisted that her former love rival Olivia (centre) needed to hear the truth
Attempting to back out of the situation on a technicality, Tom said: ‘Well we had a kiss the other day, not today.’
Unimpressed, Olivia asked: ‘Didn’t fancy telling me that?’ before slamming him for claiming the blonde beauty was ‘just a friend’.
Monday’s episode saw Tanya tell Zara of Tom’s kiss, leaving Zara unable to resist but tell her fellow Islanders.
Honest? When asked if she had any doubts about going straight for Tom by Aftersun host Maya Jama, 28 (pictured), on Sunday Zara responded: ‘I regret nothing’
Glamour puss: Zara opted for eye-catching attire for her appearance on Aftersun, wearing a metallic purple corset top and a pair of blue PVC trousers and matching strappy heels
And despite Tanya begging Zara to keep quiet, the model insisted that her former love rival needed to hear the truth.
This evening saw Tanya and Zara head to the terrace to tell Olivia they needed to ‘urgently’ speak to her.
Zara told her: ‘I’ve just been told by Tanya that Ellie and Tom kissed’, to which a shocked Olivia asks: ‘Are you joking?’
Tanya then piped up, adding: ‘And guess what? He hasn’t even told the boys.’
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Stunned by Tom’s antics, Olivia said: ‘”I want to explore it again my a***”, are you serious?’
She then filled the girls in on her earlier conversions with Tom, before referencing Ellie as she remarked: ‘What and he comes and tells me that he “sees her as a friend”?’
Determined to have it out with the hunk, she swiftly pulled him for a chat, telling him: ‘Do you have anything you want to tell me?’
All stars: Model Leomie Anderson, 29 (left), and 2022 Love Island star Indiyah Polack, 23 (right), both appeared on the Aftersun panel on Sunday
Keeping it casual: Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 30, wore a brown shirt and beige trousers with white trainers as he sat on the Aftersun panel on Sunday
Admitting that she was torn between crying and shouting, she told Tom that she thought he was ‘playing a smart game’, and as Tom denied this she countered by saying he was ‘playing with my feelings’.
As Tom insisted he was being ‘straight up’ with Olivia, she shot back: ‘No you haven’t and now it all makes sense to me.’
Love Island continues on Monday on ITV2 and ITVX at 9pm.
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?’
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
Name: Jordon Odofin
Occupation: Senior HR Advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘I don’t have a twin but everyone says me and one of my brothers look identical’
Name: Casey O’Gorman
Occupation: Recruitment Consultant
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m really squeamish. I once cut my hand and passed out’
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