Joe Garratt: Love Island 2019 star’s pals slam show as he goes into ‘safehouse’ after exit

Joe Garratt, 22, was coupled up with Lucie Donlan, 21, in the ITV series of Love Island 2019, but had to say goodbye to her after being voted off the show last night. His treatment of the model in the villa has been criticised by viewers with many accusing the contestant of behaving in a “possessive” way towards her. Now the sandwich maker’s pals have slammed the show producers for portraying a “certain narrative” and is “not representative of Joe’s true character”. In view of his 434,000 Instagram followers, a lengthy message was posted to his account to address the criticism he has received.

It read: “After that nail biting vote, Joe has unfortunately left the Love Island villa. We want to thank all of Joe’s followers for their endless support.

“We also want to wish the remaining islanders the best of luck in the rest of the programme, especially @lucierosedonlan who Joe genuinely cares for and enjoyed his time with.

“Speaking on behalf of Joe’s best friends, we acknowledge Joe will come out to some warranted criticism.”

They continued: “However, we deem the majority of it to be unfair and non representative of Joe’s true character.

“The producers have the ability to show someone in a particular light, choosing just 45 minutes of footage from 24 hours to tell a certain narrative.

“Joe will know he is coming home to the best family and group of friends about. We are all buzzing to see our boy. But from #thesandwichman….that’s a wrap.”

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After that nailbiting vote, Joe has unfortunately left the Love Island villa♥️We want to thank all of Joe’s followers for their endless support. We also want to wish the remaining islanders the best of luck in the rest of the programme, especially @lucierosedonlan who Joe genuinely cares for and enjoyed his time with‍♀️ Speaking on behalf of Joe’s best friends, we acknowledge Joe will come out to some warranted criticism. However, we deem the majority of it to be unfair and non representative of Joe’s true character. The producers have the ability to show someone in a particular light, choosing just 45 mins of footage from 24 hours to tell a certain narrative. Joe will know he is coming home to the best family and group of friends about. We are all buzzing to see our boy. But from #thesandwichman…. that’s a wrap ♥️

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When approached for comment, a Love Island spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “What airs on Love Island is a fair and accurate representation of what happens in the villa.”

The Sun has since claimed that Joe is being prepared for possible backlash from the public outside of the show, and is being kept in a “safehouse”.

A source told the publication: “Joe has been in the safehouse since leaving the villa.

“There has been a backlash against him and as part of ITV’s new duty of care, they’re doing everything they can to help him deal with it when he comes out.”

Love Island has received 302 complaints so far from viewers who voiced their concern and the watchdog are assessing these.

The young heartthrob received considerable backlash from Love Island viewers who took to Twitter and accused the star of “possessive” behaviour.

Stunned viewers saw Joe tell surfer Lucie on a recent episode to stop being close with the boys in the villa and try to get along with the girls.

He said: “I’m not happy with it. It’s strange. I think it’s time for you to get close with the girls.”

Joe later took Lucie aside in last night’s show where he apologised for his comments.

Love Island 2019 airs every night on ITV2 at 9pm.

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