Love Island’s Michael Griffiths was embroiled in one of the most controversial dumpings of the series when he was torn apart from his partner Joanna Chimonides.
Fans had expected Michael to follow his partner straight out of the villa when she was voted off by fellow contestants – and the firefighter had certainly made it feel as though he would.
Admitting he’d ‘found everything he was looking for’ in Joanna Michael shocked fans by ultimately deciding to stay on the show without her.
The decision baffled viewers who have continued to discuss the motive behind Michael’s seemingly odd choice.
As the discussion continued on social media a day after Joanna’s departure, one former contestant spoke out on the matter.
Malin Andersson appeared in the 2016 series of the show and partnered with Terry Walsh until she was dumped from the island.
In scenes that mirrored Michael and Joanna, Terry stunned viewers by opting to stay without Malin despite their closeness.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Malin wrote: “Terry told me after I left that the producers told him to stay.”
Malin had been devastated in series two when Terry decided to stay without her.
Terry went on to couple up with new girl Emma-Jane Woodham while Malin later returned to confront him over the betrayal.
Love Island viewers had accused ITV bosses of influencing storylines this week as Joanna’s departure left Michael cooped up in the villa with his ex Amber Gill, who has admitted to still harbouring feelings for him.
A spokesperson for the show told the Mirror: “The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.”
Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm