Jacques in fancy dress as he visits former rugby club after Love Island exit

Jacques O'Neill has been seen for the first time since he quit Love Island as he donned fancy dress and caught up with his old rugby club, the Castleford Tigers.

The 23 year old, who hails from Cumbria, sensationally quit Love Island on Monday 11 July, saying that he wanted to "feel like himself again", following a breakdown in his relationship with fellow contestant, Paige Thorne, 24.

Confirming that Jacques was leaving the show on Tuesday, a Love Island spokesperson said: "Jacques has made the decision to leave the Villa. He will explain his reasons to the Islanders during tonight’s episode. We fully support his decision and look forward to seeing what’s next for Jacques."

Jacques was spotted visiting his old club, with Castleford Tigers head coach Lee Radford confirming during a press conference that Jacques had visited the Super League club during a training session on Wednesday morning.

Mr Radford said: “He’s been in this morning to see the boys – I don’t know who dressed him, I think he’s come in fancy dress today, but no he’s come in to say hi to the lads.

“The boys were really pleased to see him.”

Days before entering the villa, the rugby club confirmed the release of hooker Jacques from his contract to be on the reality show – confirming they would have the first option to re-sign him if he wanted to resume his rugby league career.

When asked about re-signing, Mr Radford joked: “I think he’ll want to make a couple of million first and then maybe dip his toe into rugby league, we’ll have to see.

“He seemed pretty busy this morning, he was on the phone a fair bit.”

He added: “It’s not something we’ve spoke about, obviously it only happened last night, he flew home last night.

“He looked jaded, he’d had no sleep, obviously all the euphoria of doing what he’s been doing, I suppose, that’s probably a conversation for further down the line, I think.”

Speaking about Jacques leaving the hit show to protect his mental health, Mr Radford said: “Like any walk of life there are obstacles in front of you, unfortunately, making sure people are around you whether that be your family or club related to help you deal with that is pretty important.”

Speaking about his own experience of mental health, Mr Radford added: “Criticism you tend to keep it within yourself and use it as a motivator, I think that’s a generational thing.

“I think it's more open and spoke about now than it probably ever has been. I think I am probably from a different generation.”

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.


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