Niall Aslam has quit the Love Island villa for personal reasons.
The Islander, who first coupled up with Kendall Rae-Knight before recoupling with Georgia Steel on Friday, left the show today for good.
The news is brought to the shocked Islanders in tonight’s show, with Dr Alex George telling the group: "For personal reasons unfortunately he can’t continue or come back to the Villa."
And new girlfriend Georgia reacts with shock as she tells the Beach Hut confessional camera how she felt about Niall.
"Obviously I was coupled up with him so obviously I came closer to him than most people in here but it wasn’t just that. He was actually my friend, my buddy," she says.
And Alex says: "I’m obviously sad that Niall’s left the Villa. We got on really, really well.
"He’s such a great guy. And I look forward to catching up with him and having some fun with him outside."
There’s been no further explanation about why 23-year-old construction worker Niall has quit the show, having been one of the original Islanders when it started on June 5.
But the phrasing of Alex’s announcement to the group makes it clear Niall will not be allowed to return to the villa – which may rule out reasons like the illness of a family member.
Mirror Online has contacted ITV for comment.
The Coventry native won over fans with his quirky sayings – including when he told Kendall he was like an "onion" with lots of layers.
Nerdy Niall, who confessed he was a huge Harry Potter fan before joining the line-up, first found a connection with Kendall when she picked him to couple up with on the first day.
But his heart was a tiny bit broken when buff Adam Collard entered the villa the next day – and immediately made a beeline for his girl.
Niall then had to graft to keep his place on the show, and sparked up a new interest with new girl Georgia, picking her in the first recoupling of the series.
In his interview before the show, Niall confessed he was pretty gung ho about his life decisions.
"I am going in there and I want to find love," he’d said.
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"I don’t care who a lad is if he is big, better looking, I’m still going in there and I’ll still rock up and try and chat up his missus.
"I wouldn’t say I’m a wind up, I just don’t really think about consequences. Some people might see massive guys happy with their girl and not want to rock the boat but I will try it. What’s the worst that can happen?!"
Niall also admitted his biggest fear was to be the first Islander voted off – which happened to be Kendall.
"I’ve also got a worry that I’m going to get pied constantly," he added.
Poignantly, Niall worried that all the girls in the villa would be out of his league – which may have contributed to his decision to quit.
"Obviously I’m looking for a fit girl but I’m assuming pretty much all of the girls in there are going to be fit and above my level anyway. I’m going in there with an open mind to find love," he’d said.
Describing himself as "immature and a bit of an attention seeker", Niall also revealed that his last relationship ended in failure after six months when his ex went abroad and met another guy.
His decision to leave the villa means the Love Island winner odds have shifted.
Betfair spokeswoman Katie Baylis told the Mirror: "The sad news that Niall is leaving Love Island for personal reasons will be really disappointing to many fans with the cheeky chappie one of the big favourites with fans and punters.
"So much so that he has been either favourite or second favourite since the show began and this morning was at odds of at 7/2, just behind Jack.
"With Niall now gone, Jack remains the favourite of the boys at 15/8, with new boy Charlie and loved-up Wes now second favourites at 9/2, while despite his ‘unlucky in love’ stay on the island so far, Alex is next at 5/1."
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