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Love Island’s Joe Garratt leaves home with his supportive mum Rachel after denying he abused Lucie Donlan

LOVE  Island's Joe Garratt has turned to the support of his mum Rachel after denying he "abused" Lucie Donlan.

The ex-Islander was today spotted being looked after by his mother, as tries to move on from the backlash he has received from fans following his stint on the ITV2 show.

This week Joe was booted off the show after viewers voted for him to leave the villa.

But during his time on the series, the 22-year-old was accused of being "emotionally controlling" of his girlfriend Lucie.

The sandwich maker sparked up a romance with the Cornish surfer in the villa, but he has come under attack for allegedly "gas lighting" her.

His mum Rachel has taken these accusations against her son very badly, and is angry with the way he has come across on the show.

Speaking to the Mail Online, she said: "I know my son and he’s not like how he’s being portrayed."

But Rachel has insisted it is "sheer rubbish", and how her child has been shown on TV far from the truth.

She continued: "Both myself and his sister are his best friends. He doesn’t emotionally control anyone.

"What has been said in the newspapers today is just sheer rubbish, that is not my boy."

Yesterday Joe furiously refused to apologise for leaving Lucie in tears - insisting: "I have nothing to be sorry for."

In his first interview after he left the villa he exclusively told The Sun he was heartbroken after learning horrified viewers had condemned his actions – and has blamed it on his “heightened” emotions in the villa.

After arriving back in the UK the reality star attempted to defend his behaviour despite hundreds of formal complaints and a raft of criticism from abuse charities.

Lucie Donlan cries as Joe Garratt confronts her over her friendship with Tommy Fury on Love Island

But in a desperate bid to hit back, Joe blasted: “I didn’t manipulate or abuse her.

“I am gutted that it has been perceived in that way because it wasn’t like that at all.

“I always had Lucie’s best interests at heart and I promise you I would do everything and anything to help her because she had a hard time in there and didn’t get on with the girls. I was trying to help her and make her experience as amazing as possible. I thought I did right.”

During his time in the villa Joe was accused of being abusive to tearful Lucie - who was seen in floods of tears almost every night on the show.

He told us: “I am not going to say sorry.“I may have worded things wrong and the cameras are on you 24/7. I may have slipped up a bit but I am only human.

“I am young and inexperienced so maybe some things have come out differently to what they are. I just hope people can see me for who I genuinely am and what I genuinely am. I am not that person.”

He admitted: “I didn’t know how I was coming across on the outside. I had no idea that I was being perceived in that sense.”

Alarm bells first went off with viewers after Tommy recoupled with Lucie and furious Joe showed the first signs of being controlling despite knowing her for just a few days.

But he denies he was jealous, saying he was simply trying to “do right by her”.

Love Island's Joe Garratt promises Lucie Donlan that he’ll wait for her on the outside as he's kicked out the villa

He said: “For me I was gutted. I had literally met a girl straight away and she blew me away. She is an amazing person.

“It’s hard because on the outside the relationship would build and you would talk frequently and meet once a week and it was like I had these two days with her and they were so fantastic and we got on so well and then you have the spanner chucked in.

“I think the intense nature of it all and when fellow Islanders said stuff to me – it would never bother me normally - but because you are in there and you get told things constantly you are like ‘am I OK with these things’ and I generally was but you feel that heightened pressure and you have these conversations and you have to address things.”

In further distressing scenes Lucie broke down after Joe told her to stay away from the other boys – in particular hunky boxer Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy.

Joe insists he’s “gutted” about what viewers have seen because he had “the best time” with Lucie in the villa..

The ITV2 show was plunged into crisis over Joe’s controlling nature as Women’s Aid slammed him and horrified fans called on ITV bosses to step in to help tormented Lucie.

The surfer’s misery on the show as she was reduced to tears most nights and the failure of producers to come to her aid triggered a flood of Twitter protests and more than 600 complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom.

Adina Claire, Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: "Controlling behaviour is never acceptable, and with Love Island viewers complaining to Ofcom in record numbers about Joe's possessive behaviour towards Lucie, more people are becoming aware of this and want to challenge it."

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