Exclusive: Love Island's Zara Holland defends "fair" Lorraine Kelly after interview criticism

Published Thursday, Jun 23 2016, 12:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Zara Holland has dismissed criticism of Lorraine Kelly's interviewing this morning, telling Reveal she thought the questioning was "fair" and she enjoyed her time on the show.

The Love Island star appeared on Lorraine on Thursday (23 June) to discuss being stripped of her Miss Great Britain title for having sex on TV.

Zara Holland talks to Lorraine Kelly, 23 June 2016


Lorraine quizzed her on why she chose to bed Alex Bowen and whether she should have felt it was implied in her Miss Great Britain contract not to do something like that. She also asked if Zara's mum had been disappointed.

Some viewers thought Lorraine had been too harsh:

But Zara has told Reveal she did not think Lorraine's line of questioning was too judgemental.

"No! Not at all!" she told us. "I had a lovely time with Lorraine. She made me feel really relaxed and I felt the questions she asked were really fair, to be honest. She just asked what everyone was wondering."

Zara was dethroned as Miss Great Britain last week after pageant organisers said they could no longer promote her as a positive role model for young women.

"It was in the moment and I made the biggest mistake of my life," Zara told Lorraine. "It's horrible. I was in the moment, in the hideaway and I'd had a few glasses of champagne – I'm not blaming it on that.

"Earlier in the day, we had a challenge where the new boys got to rate everyone in order of the hottest girl and how much banter. I was the fourth fittest girl and apparently had no banter. You start to think, 'Oh God, am I really boring and am I not pretty?' Everything that day contributed to it.

"I'm not making an excuse as I'm my own person and I make that decision. It was the biggest mistake of my life and if I could go back in time and change it, I would, because I never wanted to lose my title."