LOVE Island’s Jake Cornish has confessed that he still loves ex-girlfriend Liberty Poole – and found their split “gut-wrenching”.
Jake, 24, walked off the show on Friday alongside Liberty, 21, who called time on their relationship after he criticised her messiness.
Liberty called time on the relationship after Jake criticised her messinessCredit: Rex
Water engineer Jake also hit back at accusations he had a game plan.
He said: “I can’t just switch feelings off like that. I do love the girl, it’s as simple as that.
“I think the split is just sinking in now. It’s a bit of a gut-wrenching feeling.
“It’s not nice to think that things I’ve said are coming across as though I’m trying to make someone change.
“I’m not. Liberty is Lib. That’s the girl I fell in love with.
“I’m not trying to change her.”
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Fans branded him “a snake” after he egged on the other lads to stray from their partners in Casa Amor.
But he insisted he had been genuine throughout the series.
He added: “I’ve got to be true to myself – if I was trying to have a game plan, I’d still be there, I wouldn’t have left. Actions speak for themselves.
“I’ve stepped aside from the people who have got something good going, so let them enjoy their moment. I’ve just been honest throughout the whole time.”
After almost two months as a couple, the pair are still friends.
Jake said: “It’s ended on very good terms, but sad terms. It’s not nasty.
“We can still laugh, we can still look back at our memories. We fell in love.
“It’s almost like a movie – it started off strong, went bad, was strong again, then bad. Will it go strong again on the outside?
“Who knows? I’m over the moon that we can still talk and be friends.”
He didn’t rule out reuniting in the future, adding: “Never say never, time is a healer.”
Jake confessed that he still loves ex Liberty after the pair parted waysCredit: Rex
Jake Cornish was in a relationship on Love Island with Liberty for almost two months, and the pair are now still friendsCredit: Rex