Love Island contestant Lucie Donlan has said she is "gutted" after her partner Joe Garratt was voted off the show.

In the past few days, viewers and the domestic violence charity Women's Aid had voiced concern for Lucie after Joe had allegedly displayed "possessive" and "controlling" behaviour.

Tuesday night's episode saw four contestants in danger, Lucie, Joe, Anton Danyluk and Elma Pazar, after the two couples were voted by their fellow islanders as the least compatible.

Caroline Flack oversees the dumping on Love Island

However, it was revealed as a last minute twist that viewers could only save one member of each couple.

Host Caroline Flack delivered the news, saying that the public had voted to save Anton, meaning Elma was leaving the villa.

An emotional Anton said: "I'm still here an I'm so grateful and happy to be here. But I've lost my best mate in the villa."

Elma leaves the villa after public votes to save Anton

Meanwhile, audience members chose to save Lucie and send Joe home.

Lucie was in tears after her partner was voted off the show, saying: "I'm gutted. You could clearly see that me and Joe had feelings for each other.

"I don't know what I'll do without Joe. He's literally been my rock in here."

Prior to the episode, there had been controversy surrounding Lucie and Joe's relationship, with Women's Aid saying in a statement: "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

"Abusive relationships often start off with subtle signs of control, so it's important that it is recognised at an early stage.

"Love Island viewers are now very vocal in calling out unhealthy behaviour between couples on the show, and this is a positive development."

Viewers had expressed concern for Lucie on Love Island

ITV subsequently released a statement reminding viewers of the support for all contestants in the villa, especially those who appear to be upset.

A spokesperson said: "We take the emotional well-being of all the islanders extremely seriously. 

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset. All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa.

Curtis Pritchard and Amy Hart remain in the villa along with Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague, Amber Gill and Michael Griffiths, Yewande Biala and Danny Williams, Anna Vakili and Jordan Hames, and Maura Higgins and Tom Walker. 

Love Island continues on Virgin Media Two and ITV2.

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