EXCLUSIVE: ‘He doesn’t emotionally control anyone’: Mother of dumped Love Island star Joe Garratt hits back over show’s ‘abuse crisis’ to say there’s no way he’d make Lucie Donlan cry
The mother of Love Island star Joe Garratt defended her son today and said he is a ‘normal, loving 22-year-old lad’.
Amid criticism over her son’s treatment of love match Lucie Donlan and speaking hours before his dramatic dumping from the island, Rachel Garratt told MailOnline: ‘I know my son and he’s not like how he’s being portrayed.
Speaking outside her home in Orpington, Kent, she added: ‘Both myself and his sister are his best friends. He doesn’t emotionally control anyone.
‘My best friend’: The mother of Love Island star Joe Garratt defended her son today and said he is a ‘normal, loving 22-year-old lad’ (pictured with her son)
‘What has been said in the newspapers today is just sheer rubbish, that is not my boy.
‘The photograph used in some of the articles, which shows Lucie crying, is from an argument with one of the other girls. It was nothing to do with Joe but he was pictured next to it (the image of Lucie in tears).
‘I see him every day of the week and there’s no way he would make a girl cry. He’s a normal, loving 22-year-old lad.
Struggling: Amid criticism over her son’s treatment of love match Lucie, Rachel Garratt told MailOnline: ‘I know my son and he’s not like how he’s being portrayed
‘He’s got hundreds of friends, he goes to the gym every day. They all love him. He goes and plays rugby at the local club, they all love him.
‘No friend he’s got, boy or girl, nor any of his ex-girlfriends have got a bad word to say about him. It’s a real shame this has happened.’
Mrs Garratt was also critical of the Women’s Aid charity who issued a statement yesterday about ‘Joe’s possessive behaviour’.
She added: ‘They never contacted us.
Criticism: ‘Both myself and his sister are his best friends. He doesn’t emotionally control anyone’ Joe’s mum has told MailOnline amid his emotional rollercoaster of romance
‘This charity, which is so interested in women’s protection, have made two women very upset and uncomfortable. His sister is devastated by all this and so am I.’
Joe was dumped from the Love Island villa during Tuesday night’s episode after almost 800 Ofcom complaints about his ‘controlling’ behaviour.
The sandwich delivery man was the subject of hundreds of complaints when his partner Lucie, 21, broke down in tears after he suggested she spend more time with the girls, rather than the boys.
Cornish model Lucie sobbed after Joe told her to stay away from other men in a recent episode of the ITV2 show, prompting Women’s Aid to speak out about his ‘abusive’ actions that viewers called ‘predatory’.
Family man: Sandwich maker Joe is pictured with his parents As his mum insists ‘no friend he’s got, boy or girl, nor any of his ex-girlfriends have got a bad word to say about him’
Joe had to pack his bags and leave Love Island- mere hours after he apologised to Lucie for his jealousy issues, which stemmed from her close relationship with Tommy Fury.
Joe declared his feelings for Lucie, a day after he said about her friendship with Tommy: ‘I’m not happy with it. It’s strange. I think it’s time for you to get close with the girls.’
During his grovelling apology, he told her: ‘I kind of let other people’s’ opinions with the whole you and Tommy thing get to me.
Evicted: Joe was dumped from the Love Island villa on Tuesday night… hours after he apologised to Lucie for being jealous over her friendship with Tommy Fury
‘I know I never should have and I completely regret ever doubting you. I trust you, I trust him and I trust us.
He added: ‘I know you get on with guys and I’m completely fine with that. I never thought at this stage I would have feelings for a girl as I do with you.
‘I have definitely fallen for you.’ Lucie replied: I feel the same.’
Joe has been accused of ‘gaslighting’ the 21-year-old because he has flirted with the other female contestants to make her jealous and has gone to great lengths to put off rivals including Tommy.
Trust issues: He told her: ‘I kind of let other peoples’ opinions get to me. ‘I know I never should have and I completely regret ever doubting you. I trust you, I trust him and I trust us’
More than 300 complaints have been made to TV watchdog Ofcom over the incident with Britain’s broadcasting watchdog revealing that there have been 1,215 complaints about the show – up 421 in the past 24 hours.
ITV revealed on Tuesday that Lucie has been supported by the show’s staff away from the cameras – but despite her daughter appearing heartbroken on-screen, her mother Cellie Donlan told MailOnline she is content to stay.
She said: ‘Lucie should stay on the show. We’ve got no worries over her what so ever, she’s very happy. The support given to her and us as a family by ITV has been amazing.’
A distraught Lucie was seen questioning whether to stay in the villa in a teaser for Wednesday night’s show though, following Joe’s exit.
Will she go? A distraught Lucie was seen questioning whether to stay in the villa in a teaser for Wednesday night’s show though, following Joe’s exit
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