Love Island: Brad McClelland ‘wished he said more’ to Lucinda Strafford before leaving villa


Brad McClelland has admitted he ‘wished he said a bit more’ to Lucinda Strafford before he left the Love Island villa.

The labourer, 25, chose to walk away from the villa and let Lucinda have a chance at finding love during Wednesday’s episode of the ITV2 show, after they were voted the least compatible couple in a public vote.

Speaking on Sunday’s episode of Love Island: Aftersun, Brad said he may have thought more about leaving alone had he had more time while his former partner in the villa Rachel Finni appeared on the show from home as she is self-isolating.

Candid: Brad McClelland has admitted he ‘wished he said a bit more’ to Lucinda Strafford before he left the Love Island villa

Host Laura Whitmore asked: ‘She didn’t leave with you when she could have. You were such a gent but wast here a bit of you thinking, ‘come with me?”

Brad said: ‘I didn’t really think too much into it. The next day, I wish I had said a bit more but you just didn’t get the time.’ 

Brad added that Hugo Hammond and Aaron Francis were also both vying for Lucinda’s affections as soon as she entered the villa.

The TV star also took a playful swipe at Aaron after Lucinda swerved away from him when he tried to kiss her in Sunday’s main show.

Fling: The labourer, 25, chose to walk away from the villa and let Lucinda have a chance at finding love during Wednesday's episode of the ITV2 show, after they were voted the least compatible couple in a public vote

Fling: The labourer, 25, chose to walk away from the villa and let Lucinda have a chance at finding love during Wednesday’s episode of the ITV2 show, after they were voted the least compatible couple in a public vote

Brad's former partner in the villa Rachel Finni appeared on the show from home as she is self-isolating

Brad’s former partner in the villa Rachel Finni appeared on the show from home as she is self-isolating

He said: ‘Me, Aaron and Hugo were all into Lucinda. To be fair, who isn’t? We all had a three horse race and I came out on top and she didn’t swerve me, did she?’

Recently dumped islander Rachel also appeared on the show and avoided an awkward run-in with Brad who she was previously coupled up with before he chose Lucinda.

Laura revealed Rachel had been told by the track and trace app to self-isolate since landing back in the UK.

When Rachel entered the villa, she had to choose between Brad and Oliver ‘Chuggs’ Wallis to couple up with.

Interview:  Brad added that Hugo Hammond and Aaron Francis were also both vying for Lucinda's affections as soon as she entered the villa

Interview:  Brad added that Hugo Hammond and Aaron Francis were also both vying for Lucinda’s affections as soon as she entered the villa

However, she revealed both men later admitted to her she wasn’t their type.

Rachel said: ‘The honest truth is, both guys admitted to me that I wasn’t their particular type. There wasn’t anything more special with Brad, I picked him because I was more attracted to him. 

‘I knew I’d be a placeholder, I was a placeholder for Brad to get Lucinda. I wish I gave myself as much of an opportunity as I gave other people. I would’ve gone for Aaron.’ 

Rachel added that she was surprised to see Aaron was now eager for Lucinda’s affections.

Awkward: The TV star also took a playful swipe at Aaron after Lucinda swerved away from him when he tried to kiss her in Sunday's main show

Awkward: The TV star also took a playful swipe at Aaron after Lucinda swerved away from him when he tried to kiss her in Sunday’s main show 

At home: Host Laura Whitmore revealed Rachel had been told by the track and trace app to self-isolate since landing back in the UK

At home: Host Laura Whitmore revealed Rachel had been told by the track and trace app to self-isolate since landing back in the UK

She said: ‘Never in a million years, that was completely shocking to me and I felt so bad for him when she swerved his kiss. Aaron and I had some great chats but it was more of a friendship thing for me.’ 

Meanwhile, Laura looked incredible in a black jumpsuit ahead of presenting the spin-off show from London.

 The presenter, 36, wowed in an effortlessly chic ensemble which she paired with black platform heels. 

Gorgeous: Laura looked incredible in a black jumpsuit ahead of presenting the spin-off show Aftersun from London on Sunday

Gorgeous: Laura looked incredible in a black jumpsuit ahead of presenting the spin-off show Aftersun from London on Sunday

The star oozed confidence as she posed for a slew of snaps on set ahead of Sunday’s show. 

Her stunning outfit was embellished with silver buttons on the waistline and she accessorised gold rings.   

She chatted to a slew of famous faces in the Aftersun studio including the gorgeous Mollie King. 

The Saturday’s star looked incredible in a lemon shirt dress which she paired with her beige heels. 

Wow! She chatted to a slew of famous faces in the Aftersun studio including the gorgeous Mollie King

 Wow! She chatted to a slew of famous faces in the Aftersun studio including the gorgeous Mollie King

Beautiful: The Saturday's star looked incredible in a lemon shirt dress which she paired with her beige heels

Beautiful: The Saturday’s star looked incredible in a lemon shirt dress which she paired with her beige heels

Style: The stunning AJ Odudu also showed off her toned pins in a short off-the-shoulder floral dress

Style: The stunning AJ Odudu also showed off her toned pins in a short off-the-shoulder floral dress

Pose: She accessorised with a bright pink lip and gold hoop earrings, she also embellished with a coin chain and rings

Pose: She accessorised with a bright pink lip and gold hoop earrings, she also embellished with a coin chain and rings

Catch up: The star wowed as she chatted to Laura on the Aftersun couch

Catch up: The star wowed as she chatted to Laura on the Aftersun couch 

The stunning AJ Odudu also showed off her toned pins in a short off-the-shoulder floral dress. 

She accessorised with a bright pink lip and gold hoop earrings, she also embellished with a coin chain and rings.    

Singer Hrvy also made an appearance, looking casual in a graphic T-shirt and jeans. 

He completed his look with blue trainers with black stars on them and stud silver earrings.

The villa: Laura recently hit back at fan speculation as to why she has not been present in the villa for re-couplings

The villa: Laura recently hit back at fan speculation as to why she has not been present in the villa for re-couplings

Cool: The singer looked in his comfort zone as she joined the couch to discuss the villa

Cool: The singer looked in his comfort zone as she joined the couch to discuss the villa

Casual: Singer Hrvy also made an appearance looking casual in a graphic T-shirt and jeans

Casual: Singer Hrvy also made an appearance looking casual in a graphic T-shirt and jeans

Comfortable: He completed his look with blue trainers with black stars on them and stud silver earrings

Comfortable: He completed his look with blue trainers with black stars on them and stud silver earrings

Impressionist Luke Kempner wore a stylish olive green shirt floral shirt and black jeans. 

Laura recently hit back at fan speculation as to why she has not been present in the villa for re-couplings. 

She was not present when Brad left the show while she also remained in London for Sharon Gafka’s eviction on Sunday.  

Although Laura didn’t specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting Aftersun weekly. 

Looking well: Mollie King had a great time as she laughed with the presenter

Looking well: Mollie King had a great time as she laughed with the presenter 

Gorgeous: She looked effortlessly chic in her lemon ensemble

Gorgeous: She looked effortlessly chic in her lemon ensemble 

Looking good! Impressionist Luke Kempner wore a stylish olive green shirt floral shirt and black jeans

Looking good! Impressionist Luke Kempner wore a stylish olive green shirt floral shirt and black jeans

Stunning: The presenter, 36, wowed in an effortlessly chic ensemble which she paired with black platform heels

Stunning: The presenter, 36, wowed in an effortlessly chic ensemble which she paired with black platform heels

Must watch: Last week Laura cheekily responded to a fan: 'Hosting live show from London weekly, think you'd enjoy it if you watched!

Must watch: Last week Laura cheekily responded to a fan: ‘Hosting live show from London weekly, think you’d enjoy it if you watched!

A Love Island viewer on Twitter asked: ‘When is @thewhitmore going back into the villa? She’s literally been in once.’

Laura responded: ‘Hosting live show from London weekly, think you’d enjoy it if you watched!

She jokingly added: ‘I’ve got great roaming package for the aul Spanish texts at the mo’.

Laura, who welcomed her daughter with husband Iain Stirling in March, previously said she will ‘fly back and forth’ between the UK and Spain with the tot.

Wow! The star oozed confidence as she posed for a slew of snaps on set ahead of tonights show

Wow! The star oozed confidence as she posed for a slew of snaps on set ahead of tonights show

Beautiful: Her stunning outfit was embellished with silver buttons on the waistline and she accessorised gold rings

Beautiful: Her stunning outfit was embellished with silver buttons on the waistline and she accessorised gold rings

Criticism: She recently hit back at fan speculation as to why she has not been present in the villa for re-couplings

Criticism: She recently hit back at fan speculation as to why she has not been present in the villa for re-couplings

Staying out of it: The presenter was not present when Brad McClelland left the show to save his partner Lucinda Strafford getting axed during Wednesday's episode (pictured on the launch show)

Staying out of it: The presenter was not present when Brad McClelland left the show to save his partner Lucinda Strafford getting axed during Wednesday’s episode (pictured on the launch show) 

Keeping busy: Although Laura didn't specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting spin-off show Aftersun weekly from London

Keeping busy: Although Laura didn’t specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting spin-off show Aftersun weekly from London

Speaking to Grazia, she said: ‘Every time I fly over, she’ll go with me because I’m breastfeeding.’

Love Island fans were left baffled when Laura failed to enter the villa yet again during Wednesday night’s episode.   

The presenter – who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host – has not been present for any of the four dumpings that have happened thus far and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme over the last three weeks.  

Laura was forced to miss part of the first Aftersun show due to quarantining upon her return from Spain where the show is filmed.  

Elusive: Laura - who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host - has not been present for any of the four dumpings and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme

Elusive: Laura – who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host – has not been present for any of the four dumpings and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme 

The presenter’s absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been ‘furloughed’, while another penned they ‘totally forgot’ she was the host.

Taking to Twitter, viewers noted: ‘Laura Whitmore gets £600k to present love island and I genuinely can’t remember the last time I saw her in the villa’; ‘We haven’t seen Laura Whitmore since the first episode I just realised ??? #LoveIsland’;

‘I’ve not seen Laura whitmore enter the villa once this series ?? #LoveIsland’; ‘I feel like we haven’t had an appearance from Laura Whitmore in a while and I want her back tbh’

‘Totally forgot that laura whitmore presents this show where is she lmao??’; ‘Is Laura Whitmore on furlough this series orrr? #LoveIsland’; ‘me trying to work out where laura whitmore is #loveisland’;

‘But wait … when was the last time we saw Laura Whitmore? Thinking face #LoveIsland’; ‘is laura whitmore in this series? like at all? they just keep sending texts #loveisland’; ‘ Not Laura Whitmore getting presenter credits while never showing up #LoveIsland [sic]’ 

No show: Laura featured on episode one for the initial coupling ceremony but has not returned to the villa since (Brad McClelland and Lucinda Stafford pictured)

No show: Laura featured on episode one for the initial coupling ceremony but has not returned to the villa since (Brad McClelland and Lucinda Stafford pictured)

Laura took one the role of Love Island host for the first winter series of the show, which began in January 2020, weeks after former host Caroline Flack was charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her London home.  

Former MTV host Laura, whose husband Iain narrates Love Island, admitted she was reluctant to take the job, telling Cosmopolitan UK: ‘I love doing live TV. 

‘I’d worked with most of the crew doing I’m A Celebrity… and MTV, so it just felt very comfortable. The show was the easiest thing.

Where is she? The presenter's absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been 'furloughed', while another penned they 'totally forgot' she was the host

Where is she? The presenter’s absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been ‘furloughed’, while another penned they ‘totally forgot’ she was the host

‘It was everything around it that I couldn’t cope with. When I got the call I was like, ‘I need to talk to Iain, I need to talk to Caroline..’. It’s a weird one because you think you should just jump at it. 

‘Obviously you’re delighted that ITV trust you to do such a big show, but a friend of yours is also going through hell… Caroline had messaged me first to say, ‘I hope you get it’, which was really nice.

‘You’re like, ‘Oh yay, I get to do this but, no, this isn’t how I want to get to do it. It was a really weird way to get a job.’

In February 2020 Caroline died by suicide and Laura stayed on as permanent host of the ITV2 series. 

Tragic loss: Love Island was hosted by Caroline Flack but she stepped down after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend in January 2020. She took her life the following month

Tragic loss: Love Island was hosted by Caroline Flack but she stepped down after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend in January 2020. She took her life the following month

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