Former Love Island contestant Lucie Donlan has said she still hopes to couple up with Tommy Fury - despite being dumped from the villa.

The surfer and model, who was paired with builder George Rains, previously said she fancied the professional boxer despite him being in a relationship with Instagram star Molly-Mae Hague.

Following her exit from the villa on Tuesday night, Lucie said she believed the pair could reach "that romantic stage in a few years".

She said: "Me and Tommy will always be best friends. I've had best friends and then dated them and then still been best friends after.

"I think a lot of girls think it's odd but I can turn things on and off really easily. You'll always have a love for a best friend whether it's a boy or a girl but at times it can mean different things."

She added: "I want to see how things go with him and Molly-Mae, I can see he really likes her. I'm happy for them.

"I feel like we'll see what happens on the outside and how those guys will go but never say never.

"If we did come to that romantic stage in a few years and me and Tommy were still friends, you never know."

Lucie was booted from the villa alongside George, a day after Danny Williams and Jourdan Riane suffered the same fate.

She added that it had taken her time to realise she liked Tommy romantically and admitted seeing him with Molly-Mae had made her feel "a bit gutted".

Asked if she would return to the villa given a chance, she said: "I would definitely want to go back into the villa. I was loving it.

"After Casa Amor, I got to know George and that didn't go how I thought it would and then I realised I liked Tommy.

"Although I liked him romantically, he was my best friend so it was nice to see your best friend so happy.

"At the same time, I was a bit gutted. I would love to go back in and just have fun with everyone."

Lucie described her Love Island experience as "a fun holiday" and admits she "made some amazing friends in the villa".

Also on Tuesday's episode, Amy Hart announced her intention to leave the Love Island villa.

Asking Curtis Pritchard up to the roof terrace, she told him: "I want you to be happy and you can't be happy while I am still here.

"I want us to be best friends and we both need to move on and we need to find someone who makes them happy.

"You will not be happy all the time here because you will always put me first. You are not going to be happy while I am still here. So, I'm leaving. I'm leaving today. Okay? But it's a positive thing because I'm going to leave and start the rest of my life."

Crying, Curtis replied: "I did not expect this." 

The show continues on Virgin Media Two and ITV2 at 9:00pm weeknights.

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