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Thursday 14th November 2019

Love Island psychologists 'step in as Lucie breaks down after Joe's exit'

Lucie struggled to cope with Joe being dumped from the villa

Love Island psychologists reportedly stepped in to support Lucie Donlan after she broke down in tears over her partner Joe Garratt being booted off the show.

During last night's episode, sandwich maker Joe was voted off alongside fellow islander Elma Pazar.

But surfer Lucie didn't take it well and it's been reported that she has considered leaving the villa.

Lucie didn't take it well and it's been reported that she has considered leaving the villa (Credit: ITV2)

Read more: Mum of Love Island star Joe Garratt “devastated” over claims he’s ‘emotionally controlling’

According to the Mirror, a source claimed Lucie was distraught after Joe left and "definitely considered" leaving the show.

The publication claims producers made sure Lucie saw show psychologists before she rejoined the other islanders.

The insider said: "Lucie mulled over whether to leave after Joe - it wasn't as though she was determined to leave but it was definitely in the mix."

An Love Island spokesman confirmed to Ent Daily that an on site psychologist is available to the Islanders at all times.

An on site psychologist is available to the Islanders at all times (Credit: ITV2)

Joe was dumped from the villa after his fellow islanders voted he and Lucie one of the least compatible couples alongside Elma and Anton Danyluk.

Lucie admitted: "I'm gutted. You could clearly see that me and Joe had feelings for each other.

I don't know what I'll do without Joe. He's literally been my rock in here.

"I don't know what I'll do without Joe. He's literally been my rock in here."

Earlier in the episode, Joe had apologised to Lucie for criticising her relationship with Tommy Fury.

Joe faced criticism from viewers and charity Woman's Aid, who accused him of being "controlling" (Credit: ITV2)

At the weekend, Lucie was seen breaking down in tears as Joe said he isn't happy that she's been hanging out with Tommy and the other boys in the villa and advised her to "maybe get closer to the girls".

However, last night, Joe told Lucie he regretted doubting her friendship with Tommy and said he's "completely fine" with her getting on with the boys more than the girls.

Earlier this week, TV watchdog Ofcom revealed they received 1,215 complaints for two issues in the villa - Maura Higgin’s advances towards Tommy during and the treatment of Lucie by the other contestants.

Since his time in the villa, Joe faced criticism from viewers and charity Woman's Aid, who said he was showing signs of "controlling" behaviour.

Lucie struggled with Joe's exit (Credit: ITV2)

Read more: Women's Aid charity praises Love Island viewers for "calling out unhealthy behaviour"

However, speaking to the Mail Online, Joe's mum Rachel insisted her son is "not like how he's being portrayed".

She said: "Both myself and his sister are his best friends. He doesn’t emotionally control anyone. What has been said in the newspapers today is just sheer rubbish, that is not my boy."

Rachel also hit out at the charity, saying she and his sister are "devastated" by the comments made and claimed the charity "never contacted" them.

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