LOVE Island’s Olivia Hawkins has finally revealed the truth behind her ‘bitter feud’ with fellow Islander Zara Lackenby-Brown.
The Sun previously told how Olivia, 27, knew Zara, 25, before being on the hit ITV2 show and as the pair repeatedly locked horns, viewers speculated the pair must have had an almighty argument in real life.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun after her shock departure, Olivia insisted there was no beef as she shut down reports of a fall out.
Asked if there was animosity between them, Olivia told us: “Absolutely not. We worked together once on a music video.
“We’d kept in contact over social media. But I’d say we were work colleagues not so much friends.
“So when she came in it was nice to have a familiar face. I didn’t expect to fall out with her, out of everyone in there.”
The two women clashed when Zara entered Love Island as a bombshell, and made a beeline for Tom Clare, 23. who was with Olivia at the time
Talking about the Tom situation she admitted: “Being in a triangle was so hard. It was so intense.
“But looking back now I feel like we were played against each other and I wish that hadn’t happened. But we left on a high and we cleared things.”
Olivia added: “But nothing had happened with us when she came in. I thought she was a great girl and I still do.
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“I think it was also so hard with me because I was coupled up with Tom first and she stepped on my toes.
“It’s an agree to disagree situation. It’s fine.”
When asked if she would be friends with Zara now they have both left the villa, she simply said: “Yeah. I don’t hold grudges.”
After joining Love Island as one of the original Islanders, Olivia’s time on the show came to an end last Wednesday.
Along with her man Maxwell Samuda, she was dumped from the ITV2 show after they were voted the least compatible couple by the public.
However, the pair made things “exclusive” and now are settling into life as a couple in the outside world.
Love Island continues weeknights at 9pm on ITV2.