She was dumped from the villa on Wednesday in a shocking recoupling.
Yet Zara Lackenby-Brown looked delighted to be back in the United Kingdom as she touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday.
Despite having just stepped off an 11-hour flight, the 24-year-old model looked fresh-faced and chirpy as she strolled through the terminal with her minder.
Beaming broadly at onlookers, Zara seemed to be harbouring no ill-feelings towards her sudden departure.
She looked casually chic for the flight as she paired a mocha satin bomber jacket with patterned hareem pants and white trainers.
Homecoming: Zara Lackenby-Brown looked delighted to be back in the United Kingdom as she touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday
She accessorised with a small Fendi handbag and wore her blonde locks loose and in their natural curls.
While Zara seemed relaxed and at ease she’ll no doubt get a shock when she tunes in to Friday night’s episode of Love Island.
During her time on the flight Zara’s fellow Islanders were living it up in the villa until learning that the public had been voting for their favourites.
After the votes were in two Islanders found themselves dumped in a shock twist, leading to a dramatic moment around the firepit.
According to The Sun, the group were stunned after discovering that not just one, but two of them would be forced to pack their bags and say their goodbyes, just days after another dumping saw Zara Lackenby-Brown leave the villa.
The results of the vote will be shown during Friday night’s episode.
An insider told the publication: ‘It came as a shock to the cast and the scenes will leave fans on the edge of their seats. It ended up being a long night and filming went on until the early hours.’
MailOnline has contacted an ITV spokesperson for comment.
Looking good: Despite having just stepped off an 11-hour flight, the 24-year-old model looked fresh-faced and chirpy as she strolled through the terminal with her minder
Dressed to impress: Beaming broadly at onlookers, Zara seemed to be harbouring no ill-feelings towards her sudden departure
It comes after Thursday’s episode ended with the threat of the dumping, as the villa’s strongest couple hit the rocks after a racy kissing challenge.
Hours after dropping the ‘L-bomb,’ Shaq and Tanya’s romance was plunged into crisis, as he accused her of being ‘disrespectful’ by passionately kissing the other boys…. leaving her admitting that his behaviour ‘gave her the ick.’
For one couple, it was the end of the road as Olivia and Spencer agreed that there was no spark between them, but for another roots were planted, as Jessie friendzoned new bombshell Casey to stay loyal to Will Young.
Loving life: Beaming broadly at onlookers, Zara seemed to be harbouring no ill-feelings towards her sudden departure
Striking: She looked casually chic for the flight as she paired a mocha satin bomber jacket with patterned hareem pants and white trainers
Oh my! While Zara seemed relaxed and at ease she’ll no doubt get a shock when she tunes in to Friday night’s episode of Love Island
And, in a surprise twist, the entire villa noted an unexpected chemistry between Tanyel Revan and Ron Hall, despite the pair insisting that they are just ‘best friends.’
Shaq was furious when he learned Tanya had won the villa kissing challenge, after earning the highest scores from the boys with her passionate smooches.
He quickly accused her of being ‘disrespectful’ with her steamy displays of affection, which didn’t go down well with Tanya and other girls in the villa.
In the episode, each of the girls were tasked with kissing the blindfolded boys, each earning a score out of 10.
While Tanya earned a perfect score from her man Shaq, her kissing skills were also praised by Ron Hall and Kai Fagan, who each gave her nine points.
Spoiler: Friday’s episode will see two Islanders dumped from the villa (pictured L-R: Jessie, Zara, Tanyel, Ellie, Olivia, Samie, Tanya and Lana at the last dumping)
Shock: After the public were tasked with voting for their favourite boys the results came in on Thursday night (L-R Kai, Ron, Spencer, Aaron, Shaq and Will)
It was then revealed that Tanya earned the highest score in the challenge, leaving Shaq noticeably unimpressed.
He asked Ron: ‘Am I overreacting?’
And as word reached the girls, and Tanya, that Shaq was annoyed, she said: ‘If there’s one thing that will give me the ick, it’s this. It’s not that deep. That’s so petty’.
She went onto add in the Beach Hut: ‘I would think that a guy would impressed that his girl won the challenge, and everyone gets a taste of what he gets everyday, every minute in bed, but instead, it’s the other way round.’
Drama! Episode 18 of Love Island ended with the threat of yet another dumping, as the villa’s strongest couple hit the rocks after a racy kissing challenge
She did what? In scenes that aired on Thursday night, Shaq was furious when he learned Tanya had won the villa kissing challenge
Shaq then told Ron: ‘There’s a way to go about it and be respectful, she ain’t respectful. I ain’t chatting to her.’
He went onto tell Tom Clare: ‘I’m not speaking to her!’ while the boys suggested that he should ‘take some space’.
‘If she every comes to me and tries to say, it’s a challenge, I’ll just walk away from her,’ he added, with the episode ending on a cliffhanger.
Shocking! It was then revealed that Tanya earned the highest score in the challenge, leaving Shaq noticeably unimpressed
Really? And as word reached the girls, and Tanya, that Shaq was annoyed, she said: ‘If there’s one thing that will give me the ick, it’s this. It’s not that deep. That’s so petty’
‘It was so long I had to look away’: ‘Best friends’ Ron Hall and Tanyel Revan left their fellow islanders feeling ‘uncomfortable’ after sharing a steamy kiss
Elsewhere Love Island saw the islanders get steamy with one another as they got stuck into a kissing challenge.
But some smooches left the singletons feeling uncomfortable, as Tanyel got hot and heavy while locking lips with Ron Hall, with the rest of the villa watching on.
The pair are currently coupled up as friends, but left the islanders questioning whether it was more than that as they appeared very passionate.
Ron’s romantic interest Lana Jenkins admitted: ‘I actually had to look away, It went on for so long,’ as pal Olivia Jenkins confirmed: ‘It made everyone feel uncomfortable’.
Awkward: Ron’s romantic interest Lana Jenkins admitted: ‘I actually had to look away, It went on for so long’
LOVE ISLAND – THE STORY SO FAR!
While viewers also took to social media to insist that there was more than a friendship going on between Ron and Tanyel, as one shared: ‘You don’t kiss ya mates like that’.
Chatting in the beach hut, the Hair Stylist explained: ‘I kissed Ron because he’s my best friend and I felt comfortable enough to do that’.
But after watching it second-hand, Olivia wasn’t convinced as she told the beach hut: ‘That kiss between Ron and Tanyel lasted a little bit too long’.
And the latter then grabbed Lana, who is romantically involved with Ron, for a chat to warn her of the potential connection.
‘I feel like, I just want to tell you, how I felt watching that because I know you’d do the same for me,’ began Olivia.
She continued: ‘Watching Tanyel and Ron kiss, I think it made everyone feel a bit uncomfortable. I don’t know, I don’t want to put anything into your head but it’s like the boundary you cross when you’re best mates with a boy.
‘But, I want you to make your own judgement. I’m just saying because I love you, what I saw.’
Debriefing: ‘I feel like, I just want to tell you, how I felt watching that because I know you’d do the same for me,’ began Olivia
Lana then agreed, replying: ‘No, I appreciate it. Yeah, to be honest, It got that long that I looked away’.
The kiss didn’t go unnoticed amongst fans either, with many taking to Twitter to share their thoughts that there was more than friendship between Tanyel and Ron.
‘Defo more than friendship with Tanyel n Ron,’ wrote one fan.
Just friends: Defending herself in the beach hut, Tanyel explained: ‘I kissed Ron because he’s my best friend and I felt comfortable enough to do that’
As another tweeted: ‘Hang on didn’t tanyel say she mostly gets with men who are her friends before? And didn’t she just say she feels comfortable kissing ron because he is her bestfriend in the villa . hmmm’.
‘I can’t lie. I didn’t believe Tanyel when she said she doesn’t like Ron like that,’ echoed a third.
While one user added: ‘Tanyel definitely has feelings for Ron but is scared to pursue it.’
Many fans even compared the situation to one from season two of the dating show, which saw Olivia Buckland and Rykard Jenkins have a late night fumble under the covers, despite only claiming to be close pals and pursuing other romantic interests.
‘She’s a keeper!’: Love Island fans also praised Jessie Wynter as she instantly friendzoned new boy Casey and stayed loyal to beau Will Young
Love Island viewers were impressed with Jessie Wynter as she remained fiercely loyal to partner Will Young.
The Aussie beauty was invited out on a date with new bombshell Casey O’Gorman, but made sure to make it clear where she stood.
Resisting temptation, Jessie straight away told the new arrival that she was only interested in partner Will – but offered to help wingwoman Casey with other romantic connections in the villa.
And as she made her position clear, fans raced to Twitter to praise her actions, as one declared that Will had found himself ‘a keeper’.
Not a vibe: Resisting temptation, Jessie straight away told the new arrival that she was only interested in partner Will – but offered to help wingwoman Casey with other romantic connections in the villa
‘OK I respect Jessie – everyone else always says “oh im not married off yet” or “the door is still open” – nope, she said we will make great friends and i’ll be your wing woman’ RESPECT FOR HER HONESTY’.
Casey was given the opportunity to speed date three girls as he and fellow bombshell Jordan got to know their fellow islanders.
He chose Lana Jenkins and Olivia Hawkins for the first two, before inviting Jessie for the final date.
But giving partner Will a kiss before heading to the date, Jessie immediately got to the point with Casey – telling him that she was only interested in getting to know him on a friendship level.
And taking to Twitter, one viewer shared: ‘Will has a keeper there as Jessie was quick to help a brother get another girl instead of putting herself out there’.
‘I love how quick Jessie shut it down with Casey. The way she did it was nice as well. Maybe she does actually really like Will,’ added another.
While a third added: ‘All I can say is I am so glad Jessie said Will is basically her man’.
‘How can we stop it’: Viewers were left cringing after constantly hearing this year’s catchphrase and have now branded it the worst one yet
Elsewhere, Ron Hall was seen putting more effort in with Lana Jenkins to win her back after his head was turned several times.
The pair cooled things off last week and since then, Ron has been getting to know new girl Samie Elishi, while Lana has turned her attention onto bombshell Casey O’Gorman.
But it was clear that Ron regretted his decision as he was doing everything to get back in Lana’s good books, including making her breakfast before Casey got the chance.
NO! Cringe: Fans complained about the overused catchphrase ‘on job’ on Twitter after all the islanders began using it in recent episodes
Fans complained about the overused catchphrase ‘on job’ on Twitter after all the islanders began using it in recent episodes.
One ITV viewer penned: ‘Hearing on job every episode is proper starting to grind my gears’
Another said: ‘So on job is this year’s catchphrase. It’s been several years and every year they manage to cringe me out with these white middle-class people forcing random slang terms’
A third wrote: ‘When did get on job become a thing we say and how can we stop it’
Flirty: Things are heating up between Lana and new bombshell Casey as they admit they are attracted to each other
One said: ‘Whoever in the villa started this on job nonsense needs to leave immediately’
Another user penned: ‘If Ron says ‘on job’ once more I might be sick [vomiting emoji] #loveisland.’
During the episode, Lana admitted Casey has turned her head and he’s ‘exactly what she needed’.
She confessed: ‘Things with me and Casey are going well, I feel like we vibe well, so who knows what could happen.’
Love Island continues on Friday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.
LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Tanya Manhenga
Occupation: Student and model
Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’
‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’
‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’
Name: Lana Jenkins
Occupation: Makeup artist
Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’
Name: Tanyel Revan
Location: North London
Occupation: Hair stylist
Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’
‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’
‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’
Name: Olivia Hawkins
Occupation: Ring girl and actress
Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’
‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’
Name: Tom Clare
Occupation: Semi-Pro Footballer
Something not many people know about him: I’m a High School Musical fan
Name: Aaron Waters
Something not many people know about him: He thinks his appearance on Love Island UK was ‘diving timing’
Name: Ellie Spence
Occupation: Business Development Executive at a law firm
Something not many people know about her: “When I was drunk I climbed over the gates of my friend’s house, fell and almost lost my leg.”
Name: Samie Elishi
Occupation: Senior Estate Agent Coordinator
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a really honest person and I have no filter. I won’t take rubbish from anyone, especially when it comes to guys!’
Name: Kai Fagan
Occupation: Science and PE teacher
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’
‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’
‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’
Name: Ron Hall
Occupation: Financial advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’
‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’
Name: Will Young
Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’
‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’
Name: Shaq Muhammad
Occupation: Airport security officer
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’
‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.
That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’
Name: Jessie Wynter
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Something you may not know about her: She was on series two of Love Island Australia
Name: Spencer Wilks
Occupation: E-Commerce Business Owner
Something not many people know about him: He loves Justin Bieber
Name: Jordon Odofin
Occupation: Senior HR Advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘I don’t have a twin but everyone says me and one of my brothers look identical’
Name: Casey O’Gorman
Occupation: Recruitment Consultant
Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m really squeamish. I once cut my hand and passed out’