Love Islands Jacques ONeill opens up on unseen close bond with co-star

Love Island's Jacques O'Neill has revealed a secret close bond between him and Antigoni Buxton that wasn't aired.

The rugby player quit the show after struggling to cope over the past two weeks in the villa, confessing in a statement it was "the worst" he ever felt.

Now on the outside, Jacques has met up with fellow islander Antigoni as they shared a photo together on Instagram with the caption "bestie" and a red heart emoji.

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The ex-islanders enjoyed a 'family' lunch at Bluebelles café in London with Antigoni's celebrity chef mum, Tonia Buxton, and Jacques' mum, Janet.

Jacques appeared to be in good spirits as he posed in the selfie with Antigoni, who looked sensational and fit for the summer in a blue crop top and matching leggings.

Although their friendship wasn't aired, the pair seem to have a close and sweet bond.

Antigoni's time in the villa was cut short after a shock in-house vote saw her and Charlie Radnedge dumped from the island.

Paige was visibly annoyed by the boys' decision to send Antigoni home, so we can assume Antigoni formed her bond with then-couple Paige and Jacques.

Not long after, Jacques opted to leave the villa after things heated up with love rival Adam Collard.

Despite being asked to stay by producers, Jacques revealed he felt that things between the boys could get "physical" if he didn't remove himself from the situation.

Speaking to The Sun, Jacques said: "I was feeling so mentally drained, I just wanted to go home and get myself right."

“It broke me and I was already broken. I was crying my eyes out. I couldn’t cope," he continued.

Apart from staying in contact with Antigoni, Jacques received support from ex-Islanders from previous seasons, with Faye Winter and last year's winner, Liam Reardon, being the first to reach out.

"They messaged me first," he revealed, "they explained what it would be like on the outside. I really appreciated that so much."

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