Love Island's Zara Holland learns she's lost Miss Great Britain: 'One stupid mistake has ruined everything'

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Love Island's Zara Holland broke down in tears and declared everything had been "ruined" when she learned her Miss Great Britain title had been taken off her.

The 20-year-old was stripped of the honour after having sex with Alex Bowen on Love Island, with pageant organisers saying they could no longer promote her as a positive role model.

Zara Holland in tears after learning that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title, on ITV reality show 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

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Zara was informed of the decision on Sunday night's episode of the ITV2 show, and then gathered the other islanders around to let them know.

"They've taken my title of me," she said, breaking down.

"They've done a statement and stuff, just saying it's not acceptable and blah blah blah… I just feel I've let my family down, you know what I'm saying? I just feel like people are going to be judging me.

"I'm having the time of my life in here. I've been true to myself and honest. I'm doing what a normal 20-year-old girl would do. We all make mistakes. You live and learn. It's just s**t."

Zara Holland in tears after learning that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title, on ITV reality show 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

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Zara Holland in tears after learning that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title, on ITV reality show 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN



Zara reflected on the dethronement in private, saying: "I did Miss Great Britain because I wanted to do it. If you put that hard work in, the commitment, the time and the effort… I did. And I won. And I worked so hard. And now just one stupid silly mistake, being in the moment, has ruined everything."

"I can't even out into words how gutted I am," she added.

"So if they want to give it back to me, that's fine. Please…"

In a statement, Miss Great Britain Organisation said: "Although Miss Great Britain is the oldest pageant system in the UK, we pride ourselves on promoting the positivity of pageants in modern society and this includes the promotion of a strong, positive female role model in our winners.

"The feedback we have received from pageant insiders and members of the general public is such that we cannot promote Zara as a positive role model moving forward. We wholly understand that everyone makes mistakes, but Zara, as an ambassador for Miss Great Britain, simply did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title."

Zara Holland in tears after learning that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title, on ITV reality show 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

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A further statement added: "For those saying 'going into Love Island, it's inevitable that she would have sex,' that is not true. It is not a prerequisite of the show that you have sex.We gave our permission for Zara to enter, as our current winner, under the stipulation that she did not have sex on TV.

"Zara fully agreed to this and knowingly went against our wishes. Zara is a lovely girl, we understand that this is out of character for her and that she truly regrets her actions; however, the decision simply comes down to the fact that she has broken the rules of the competition."

Shortly after learning of Miss Great Britain's decision, Zara was informed that her mother had fallen ill and chose to leave Love Island and return to the UK.

Zara Holland in tears after learning that she had been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title, on ITV reality show 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN



An ITV rep said: "Owing to an illness in the family, Zara Holland has left the Love Island villa to return to the UK. Our thoughts are with her and her family and we send all of our best wishes."

Zara added: "I'm so sad to leave the villa but it's important for me to get home and spend time with my mum while she gets better. I've had the time of my life on Love Island and would like to thank all of my fellow Islanders and the production team for all their support."

Love Island airs nightly on ITV2.



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