Jacques O'Neill of Love Island apologizes for his 'offensive' behavior

Jacques O'Neill of Love Island apologizes for his 'offensive' behavior ...

Jacques O'Neill, who plays Sam Elliott on Love Island, has issued an apology for his recent behavior.

The islander left the villa early in the most recent series, at the time claiming that it was for mental health, although since allegations have been made that it was supposedly due to misogynistic behavior, including mocking deaf contestant Tasha Ghouri's voice. ITV has since concluded that these statements are false.

After Jacques and fellow contestant Luca Bish discussed Adam Collard and Paige Thorne's relationship, they poked fun of Remi Lambert's rapping, the latter accusing them of bullying.

Jacques posted a statement on his Instagram Stories, saying, "I want to acknowledge the situation that's happening right now and apologise if my actions have caused offence or been misinterpreted in the last few weeks."

"I have no bad feelings towards anyone, and I've not intended anything to appear like that. It was not my intention, and I'm sorry if it has.

"Life has been quite a challenge in recent months, and although I've probably not handled myself in the best possible way," says the author. I accept full responsibility for my actions. I'm aware I'm far from perfect, and that there is still work to be done on myself.

"My first therapy session on Monday was amazing, it really took me out of my comfort zone." I know I have needed this for years, but it's only now that I have decided to seek help. I know it's a step in the right direction for me, even after just one session."

Jacques said he's "not seeking sympathy" and wants "to acknowledge the situation and proceed as positively as I can".

"However, I know this can be utilized as an invaluable lesson for me in the coming years," he said. "I hope I can become the person I want to be and spread a positive message through this new platform. I'm sorry to anyone who has let me down.

Love Island is available on ITV2 and via catch up on ITV Hub and Britbox.