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Love Island fans bid a fond farewell to Brad McClelland on Wednesday evening, as he was dumped from the show – leaving his match Lucinda Stafford in the competition.
The sweethearts, who chose one another at the latest recoupling, received the lowest number of votes from viewers on Tuesday night.
Their disappointing ranking meant one member of the couple was forced to go home, leaving Brad and Lucinda to fight it out to retain their place on the show.
After two weeks in the villa, Brad, a 26-year-old labourer from Northumberland, realised his time on the show was up, and selflessly agreed to pack his bags.
Through tears, he told Lucinda: "You've gotta stay, honestly."
"Are you sure? Do you not think we should go together?" Lucinda wondered, as Brad replied: "It’s up to yourself."
As Brad was an original Islander, he has enjoyed the chance to couple up with a range of contestants during his time in the five-star Majorcan villa.
At first, he paired up with lettings agent Faye Winter, but their arrangement went belly-up when he chose to kiss love rival Chloe Burrows in an extremely awkward challenge.
Next, he was chosen to couple up with Rachel Finni, who kindly saved him from elimination, only for Brad to pick Lucinda in the next recoupling.
Meanwhile, Lucinda was a late arrival in the villa, and has only spent time with one singleton on the show – Brad.
As a result, Brad concluded it was only fair to leave Lucinda to explore other options on Love Island, realising he'd enjoyed a good stretch in the ITV2 villa.
Speaking after his exit, Brad admitted that while he liked Lucinda, he wouldn't blame her for dating someone new.
He said: "Her journey in there is short, it’s only just beginning. I’d feel selfish taking that away from her."
Brad is the fourth contestant to leave the 2021 series so far – Shannon Singh was the first, getting dumped from the show after just two days.
Next was bucket hat business owner Chuggs Wallis, who was followed out the door by luxury travel specialist Rachel.
Now Lucinda has been given permission to remain in the villa, can she find love with the remaining single males – or could Casa Amor be her making?
Love Island continues on Thursday at 9pm on ITV2.
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