Love Island star Jake Cornish has accused ITV of manipulating scenes to destroy his relationship with ex-Liberty Poole and depict him as the series’ bad guy, sparking terrifying death threats.
The former contestant, 24, believes he was edited to look worse than winner Liam Reardon, 22, despite the Welshman cheating on partner Millie Court, 24, while he remained loyal during the show’s Casar Amor twist.
Jake feels he’s received an unnecessarily harsh backlash from the public after producers portrayed him as a ‘villain’ that wasn’t attracted to his girlfriend Liberty, 22, and a game player who was trying to sabotage the other couples.
‘I had to sit back and take it’: Love Island star Jake Cornish has accused ITV of manipulating scenes to destroy his relationship with ex-Liberty Poole and depict him as the series’ bad guy
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline in his first interview since leaving the villa, Jake said: ‘There’s stuff I have spoken to Lib about on camera that hasn’t aired about how I was feeling.
‘It isn’t nice I’ve been painted this way as a pantomime villain. It isn’t the nicest to come across as someone I’m not.
‘During the Movie Night they had to bring back a clip from Day Two to make me look bad. I’m sorry but Day Two? Everyone’s got opinions but that was taken out of context. I had to sit back and take it.
‘They’ve got to make storylines but it isn’t nice when you’re on the back end. Liberty and I were big parts of the show; it was a way to make something out of it, which is a shame really. At the time I was like “what the hell?”‘
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‘She got compliments from me every day’: Jake feels he’s received a harsh backlash from the public after producers portrayed him as a ‘villain’ that wasn’t attracted to Liberty
A clip of Jake saying “I haven’t got the girl there where I’m like f*** me, I want to rip your clothes off” was aired in the villa, including to his then-girlfriend Liberty, during a Movie Night challenge.
Jake now believes the game laid on by producers was the beginning of the end for himself and Liberty and says being portrayed in a worse light than co-star Liam, who played away, was unfair.
He continued: ‘The Movie Night was the turning point. It went from 0-100 straight away and because it’s such an intense environment in there your head just goes into overdrive. It wasn’t the nicest of feelings I’ll tell you that for a fact.
‘It was me on the back end of it for many weeks and trying to deal with it in there, you’ve got six different opinions all against you, it is going to take a knock-on effect.
‘I got a bigger backlash than Liam when I didn’t get with any girl and was loyal and I’m the one that’s come out the worst – how does that work?’
‘The Movie Night was the turning point’: A clip of Jake saying “I haven’t got the girl there where I’m like f*** me, I want to rip your clothes off” was aired in the villa during a challenge
A spokesperson for ITV said: ‘The opinions they have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.
‘It is always our intention to produce a show that is a fair and accurate representation of life in the villa.’
Footage of Jake seemingly encouraging his male co-stars to play away in Casa Amor was shown to the girls the same evening, sparking a huge reaction from Faye Winter, 26, who felt betrayed.
Jake said: ‘That was definitely taken out of context. All I was saying was “boys, have fun” I wasn’t saying to kiss anyone.
‘Everyone is a grown person in there. I was saying “have fun in Casa and enjoy it.” We always had a cheers every night and said “no regrets.”
‘At the end of the day I believe there’s no harm in having fun. Having fun doesn’t mean go and kiss someone. It’s been taken way out of proportion.’
‘I’m the one that’s come out the worst’: Jake says being portrayed in a worse light than Liam Reardon, who played away from Millie Court during the show’s Casa Amor twist, was unfair
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Since leaving the show a week before the final alongside Liberty, Jake has endured trolling and death threats, but insists he’s doing well mentally.
He said: ‘I am okay. I am very thick skinned. I’ve had a lot of death threats but the only people I care about are those that want to support me.
‘Before they went on the show they asked and so far it hasn’t got to me and I’ve had a lot of really bad stuff.’
Both viewers and his fellow Islanders accused the former water engineer of not being genuine and suspected he signed up to the ITV2 for fame, instead of love.
Jake insists his seven-week romance was the real deal, and says he did regularly compliment Liberty, and it wasn’t just him repeatedly reminding her “you’re my girlfriend.”
He explained: ‘People said I never complimented Lib but she got compliments from me every single day.
‘I wear my heart on my sleeve’: Jake admitted the ‘stress’ of dealing with a breakup on TV took its toll, and says his family watching could visibly see he had become a different person
‘I didn’t even recognise myself’: The star said he no longer resembled the ‘cheeky chappy’ he was going into the villa, telling MailOnline ‘I came out as someone I have never been in my life’
‘She used to say “I’ve never been treated the way you treat me, you compliment me every single day, and I’ve never had that.”
‘Things like that make you open your eyes when you come out and you think “did they really even air any of this?” People don’t see the bigger picture.
‘I say “you’re my girlfriend” because I’ve only ever had one girlfriend in my life. So, for me to call someone my girlfriend it’s a massive thing.’
The former Islander admitted the ‘stress’ of dealing with a breakup inside the villa took its toll, and says his family and friends watching back home could visibly see he had become a different person, who no longer resembled the ‘cheeky chappy’ he was going onto the show.
He continued: ‘Fame has nothing to do with it. I was in there for me. From day one to Casa, and all the stuff that was getting thrown my way, but the last week of the show I was not myself.
‘The stress, intensity, and looking back at clips of the last few episodes, I didn’t even recognise myself. I was like what? That’s not me.
‘I felt like a caged animal’: Jake also admitted he found the restraints of filming in the TV villa difficult, especially when he longed to let off steam post-split from Liberty
‘When you get your family and friends say “you just needed to be out of there”, it speaks a 1000 words because they know me best. If people didn’t think I was genuine that’s totally up to them but I know I am genuine and I am real.
‘I am very black and white and I wear my heart on my sleeve. People that don’t me have said I looked run down towards the end. If you can see how I went in there, as the bubbly cheeky chappy, I came out as someone I have never been in my life.’
Jake also admitted he found the restraints of filming in the TV villa difficult, especially when he longed to let off steam post-split from Liberty.
He said: ‘I felt like a caged animal – to be in a place where you aren’t free it was hard. I just needed to be set free. I wanted to go out and just go for a run but you can’t, you can’t do anything. You’re in the villa.
‘In the real world you can go for a run, or boxing or gym, there’s stuff to do to clear you’re head but literally you cannot clear your head in there.
‘You have one bad moment and it’ll be on your mind, and then something else happens and before you know it and come the end it was one after the other and I couldn’t think straight.’