Love Island’s Jake finally reunites with co-stars – but none of the finalists invited

Former water engineer Jake Cornish fuelled rumours of a rift with his fellow Islanders after he failed to attend the ITV2 reunion show and snubbed several night’s on with his co-stars

Jake Cornish reunited with some of his former Love Island co-starsByEmma Wilson

  • 10:00, 16 Sep 2021
  • Updated10:53, 16 Sep 2021
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Love Island's Jake Cornish has finally reunited with his co-stars – but none of the finalists were invited.

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The former water engineer, 24, sparked rumours of a feud with his fellow Islanders after he failed to make an appearance on the ITV2 reunion show, and bowed out of other events that were attended by other Love Island stars.

Taking to his Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Jake dispelled any suggestion that he’d fallen out with the Islanders as he shared clips and pictures of a mini reunion.

He began with a short video of the view from his hotel room in Manchester, before resharing Brad McClelland’s clip of the two of them reunited and enjoying a bite to eat in a busy restaurant.

Jake and Brad reunited for a boozy night out in Manchester

Jake and Brad also met up with former Islanders Sam and Lillie

“Back with my brother,” Jake wrote, before sharing a black-and-white snap of the duo, who are enjoying a sweet bromance, smiling for the camera.

He then posted a sweet video of the pair cheering and embracing outside a hotel, before revealing that he and Brad had also met up with Sam Jackson, who was one of the villa newcomers during Casa Amor.

The party continued at the opening of an upscale bar and restaurant in Manchester, and Jake surprised his followers with a special appearance from Lillie Haynes, who turned Liam Reardon’s head while he was away from Millie during his Casa Amor stint.

The boys attended the opening of a new bar in Manchester

Jake shared clips and pictures from the reunion

Despite Jake’s Instagram Stories, his followers were quick to point out that he had only met with Islanders who had been dumped from the villa, and hadn’t actually reunited with any of the finalists, or his ex Liberty Poole.

He skipped the Love Island Aftersun reunion after suffering from a mystery illness, and host Laura Whitmore informed disappointed viewers that Jake wouldn’t be on the show.

“Jake can’t be with us as he isn’t feeling well this evening,” she stated.

But some fans suspected that Jake was feigning illness to avoid an awkward reunion with his ex Liberty, following their dramatic split just days before the live final last month.

Jake and former girlfriend Liberty left the villa days before the final
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He also accused Love Island producers of unfairly editing his scenes during his stint on the ITV2 dating show.

During a recent Q&A on his Instagram Stories, he hinted at his disappointment over how the public has perceived him since being in the villa.

One fan asked Jake: "Well unfair the way the public reacted to u on the show. What's your thoughts on it?"

"If people knew what was said which wasn't aired I think people would believe differently," Jake replied.

He also hinted at his mystery illness, which forced him to miss the Love Island reunion show, as he said he was "starting to feel much better".

Jake later took aim at the Love Island producers, as he said he'd been made to look like a "villain", and was furious that they'd not shown scenes of him regularly complimenting girlfriend Liberty.

“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,” he told MailOnline, adding that it "isn't nice when you're on the back end.”

Jake was subjected to fierce backlash after viewers accused him of not being genuine while in the villa, and alleged that his romance with Liberty was just a plot to win the £50,000 prize.

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