Former Love Islander Rachel Finni has taken to Instagram to slam some of her fellow season 7 contestants for “publicly humiliating” her with cruel comments in a recent Instagram Live.
Brad McClelland, Jake Cornish, Aaron Francis and Tyler Cruickshank all took part in the Instagram Live video where they laughed at a member of the public’s comments about Rachel.
Brad read the comment aloud, which read: “Rachel, again, no bomb,” before the four men broke into hearty laughter.
After the incident, Rachel issued a lengthy statement calling them “nobody” and saying she “regred” ever going on Love Island.
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She was defended by other former Love Islanders from the same season of the show as Rachel and the four men in Live, including Kaz Kamwi and Shannon Singh.
Rachel took to her Instagram Stories to take some lengthy notes on how the incident made her feel.
She wrote: “Not the four f***boys on my show making me little irrelevant. Not surprised by the context I grew up in. The lack of interest and respect is evident. I only speak publicly about the show when approached by an outlet, journalist or brand. I try not to be horrible or mean to anyone. To be honest, I try so hard not to name any names. I try to talk about what is important. What will positively influence others.
“Don’t talk about me. It must not be. I mind my business. Facts remain whether you like it or not… I’m still on the show. Imagine I was only there for five minutes, had the fewest followers and yet had more substance, more impact and more interest in me than all of them combined. Aside from making a living off Love Island fame, what exactly do you do!? Outside vanity and social media, what else are you known for!?”
In a second post, she wrote: “Today is the first day I regret appearing on the show. Despite everything that has happened so far, I have still found the experience to be a blessing. No matter how horrible and manipulated it was, I just took it as part of the experience as it led me to amazing things. But for it to be today and I have real nobodies imitating me and discussing me publicly like a joke, I’m totally over it and regret going on the show.
She also published the story of Kaz Kamwi, in which Kaz wrote, “I don’t generally get involved much, but I really wish people would honestly step back and think about how damaging their words and actions are and can be. We all know what public humiliation feels like, so why bother embarrassing and putting someone down?”
In her story, she tagged the Instagram handles of Brad, Jake, Tyler and Aaron, saying, “Every single one of you owes Rachel an apology. Public and private. What a bunch of clowns. So unprovoked and why?”
Rachel then posted another Instagram Story, saying, “I don’t want an apology. It won’t be authentic.”
Sharon Gaffka, who was on Instagram Live when she started but left before the incident, wrote a statement on her own Instagram story.
It read: “I wanted to address the recent Instagram Live incident that has been circulating online for the past 24 hours. Please don’t mistake my silence for ignorance. That’s not it. Before I address what happened, I wanted to make sure I had all the facts.
“I was on Instagram Live in the beginning. I then left and was not present when the comments were made about Rachel. That being said, I do not condone this type of behavior or any of the comments made – I feel that very strongly Rachel’s hurt feelings are fully justified.”
She continued, “Words can cut and feelings can hurt, especially in such a public setting. This incident must be taken as a lesson for all involved.”
OK! has reached out to reps for Brad, Aaron, Tyler and Jake for comment.
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