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Love Island star Jacques O'Neill admits he knew Cheyanne before the show

He even had a crush on her as a teen.

Love Island's Jacques O'Neill has revealed that he knew Cheyanne Kerr before going on the show.

The reality star surprised fans when he decided to "crack on" with new bombshell Cheyanne when he was partnered up with Paige Thorne who was in the other villa, Casa Amor.

Since leaving the villa, the rugby player has admitted he knew Cheyanne as a teenager and actually used to have a crush on her.

"Cheyanne is a lovely girl, I already knew her from when I was 19. It was weird because I wanted to date her at the time," Jacques told The Sun.

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It was just coincidence that they both entered the ITV2 dating show at the same time, which also saw Jacques' ex-girlfriend, Gemma Owen, in the line-up too.

After spending time with Cheyanne in the villa, Jacques realised that the duo would only ever be friends.

He said: "I found out while I was chatting to her that nothing was going to come close to what I had with Paige. But from the moment I kissed her in bed I felt the worst I've ever felt in my life."

Since leaving the villa, Jacques has said that he forced himself to watch the Casa Amor episodes to face up to his "actions".

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"I watched the Casa Amor episodes to torture myself and look at my actions," he continued. "I was disgusted in myself, I understand the hate. I'm feeling quite numb, I will wait for Paige on the outside, but I'm not watching the show again, I can't do it."

During his time on the show, Jacques and his mother received online abuse, which led her to move in with her sister.

His mother, Janet Wright, told The Sun: "During the first two weeks Jacques was so funny, I think everybody loved him. Then it started to change. I just didn't get why people have to message such nasty comments."

She admitted she was "relieved" when Jacques left the villa as it was "upsetting" her to watch him on the live shows and the trolling that followed.

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

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