Love Island's Zara Holland confirms mum is better as she thanks Sophie Gradon

Published Wednesday, Jun 22 2016, 21:57 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Love Island's Zara Holland has told fans she is feeling "overwhelmed" following all the support she has been shown since quitting the show.

On Sunday, Zara walked away from Love Island and returned home after discovering her mum was in hospital.

Zara Holland, a contestant on ITV reality series 'Love Island'. Broadcast on ITV2 HD.

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Her shock exit came days after she had been dethroned from her title of Miss Great Britain 2016 for having sex on the ITV2 show with fellow islander Alex Bowen.

But today, in an emotional message, Zara thanked fans - and her Love Island co-star Sophie Gradon - for their support. More importantly, Zara also confirmed that her mum is feeling better.

Zara tweeted: "Can't thank you all enough for your continued support, I am overwhelmed. My mum is much better, thank you all for asking about her."

Meanwhile, Zara also referenced Sophie's motivational speech, which was aired last night after she threw a Miss Love Island 2016 pageant in honour of her friend.

Zara Holland confirms her mum is feeling better - 22 June 2016

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She gushed: "So touched at your amazing speech, friends you #MissLoveIsland @sophiegradon."

During Sophie's speech, she defended Zara for having sex with Alex on TV, saying: "As an ex-Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain, I can say it's time people move forward from their old-fashioned thinking and accept the simple fact that women like to have sex."

Pageant bosses stripped Zara of her Miss Great Britain crown on Friday, saying: "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 attends the UK Gala Screening of 'Mr Calzaghe' at May Fair Hotel on November 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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They later added in a second statement: "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."

However, in an interview with The Sun, Zara claimed she wasn't told not to have sex on TV.

"Miss Great Britain did not tell me I couldn't have sex on the show. They gave a written letter of permission to say I could do Love Island and they haven't spoken to me since, which I am very confused about," she claimed.

"I am very disappointed. I put so much time and effort into the Miss GB brand."

Love Island continues 9pm on ITV2.