Former Love Island contestant Rachel Finni says she will not accept an apology from her 2021 co-stars for a “humiliating” video posted to Instagram Live.
The former luxury travel specialist accused those involved of putting out PRs “to have your back covered” after being confronted on social media.
During the live stream, the group, made up of Brad McClelland, Aaron Francis, Jake Cornish and Tyler Cruickshank, discussed the ‘bombshell’ contestants who had arrived at the Majorcan villa as a surprise during the 2021 season.
When Finni, who was dumped early in the series, was mentioned, they burst out laughing.
Commenting on the video, Finni described the men as “idiots”, adding that a year after her appearance on the show, she was still being “bullied” and “taunted” publicly.
McClelland and Cruickshank later apologized online, saying they had tried to contact Finni in person.
But in a video posted to her own Instagram story, Finni said the attempts at apologies were “a joke.”
“These statements that have been made (are) just to save your fucking backs,” she said.
“How dare you make it look like you’ve apologized and it’s been accepted.
“I am not right with anyone who has been involved in everything that has been said about me. I will never.
“You can apologize, but it cannot be received. I am not receiving any of these apologies. I do not accept any of these false statements.”
She added that such incidents had happened “several times before” and would happen again.
“Protect your back, but the only thing that really came out of your mouth was the hatred and the discrimination,” she said.
“This is to save your back. It is not real. It’s not authentic. We don’t know how the fuck you really feel and I’m done.”
“I re-watched the video and can see how this was experienced.
“In retrospect, this was not the way to behave and it was 100% not my intention to hurt or upset her and those who know me know I’m not that kind of person.
“Since then, I have personally approached Rachel and apologized for the pain I caused.
“From the bottom of my heart. I’m really sorry.”
Cruickshank responded to his own Instagram stories, adding that he did not “endorse or support” abuse by others towards her.
“I am sad and disappointed to understand that my response to the comments made during an Instagram Live with three fellow islanders upset and offended another person,” he said.
How dare you make it look like you’ve apologized and it’s been accepted. I am not right with anyone who has been involved in everything that has been said about me. I will neverRachel Finney
“I appreciate how this has been received and how it has touched others. I have attempted to speak to Rachel directly and will be available to speak to her when she is ready.
“It has also come to my attention that Rachel has been the subject of hurtful comments on a number of occasions across platforms – I have not been a party to this and would not condone or endorse this behaviour.
“I will take the time to reflect on my involvement in this situation and what I could have done differently.”
In her original Instagram post, Finni wrote that the Instagram Live video made her regret going to the ITV2 dating show for the first time.
“Despite EVERYTHING that has happened so far, I still saw the experience as a blessing. As horrible and manipulated as it was, I just took it as part of the experience because it led me to amazing things,” she said.
“But to be TODAYYYY and I really don’t have anyone impersonating me and talking about me publicly as a joke, I’m completely over it and regret going to the show.
“Why does this deserve a TV show? How do these idiots think it’s okay to humiliate me in public and talk about me like that?”
Her co-islander Kaz Kamwi shared a statement of support and called for “public and private” apologies from the group.
Finni entered the villa on day five and chose to mate with McClelland over Chuggs Wallis.
However, McClelland soon told her that he wanted to look elsewhere for a partner and rejoined Lucinda Strafford, prompting Finni’s departure from the show.