The labourer, 25, chose to walk away from the villa and let his partner Lucinda Strafford have a chance at finding love during Wednesday’s episode of the ITV2 show, after they were voted the least compatible couple in a public vote on Tuesday.
And although Brad left the other Islanders in tears over his exit, it wasn’t long before their attentions were stolen by a new bombshell – Andrea Jane ‘AJ’ Bunker, 28.
It’s all over: Brad McClelland has been dumped from Love Island after deciding to walk away and let Lucinda Strafford continue her journey on the show
Of his decision to head home, Brad said: ‘I’m gutted to be leaving the villa. I’ve been in here from the start and obviously Lucinda walked in and blew me away.
‘Her journey in there has been short, it’s only just beginning, and I’d feel selfish taking that from her. If she finds someone in there then I’ll be happy for her, but if she doesn’t then she knows where I am.’
And in the Beach Hut, Lucinda revealed: ‘It’s so weird like, I just want to put on his jumper and go to sleep.
‘I’ll miss absolutely everything, there’ll only be one Brad, ever.’
Adios: The labourer, 25,is the fourth person to leave the show this season – with him being replaced with a new girl in the same episode
Selfless: Brad wanted to make sure Lucinda had a good chance at finding the one and offered to head home
The 21-year-old online fashion boutique owner was initially conflicted about whether she should leave with Brad, as although she ‘really likes’ the labourer, she felt as though their week-long bond wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on.
But her choice to stay in the villa irritated fellow contestant Faye Winters, who felt Lucinda wasn’t being genuine by staying in the villa and ditching Brad.
Faye said in the Beach Hut: ‘I don’t understand what extra reason you’re here for when you say how much you fancied him and that he’s the reason you’ve come in here. Why when given the opportunity do you stay? I don’t know. I don’t know.’
Off he goes: Brad said he was ‘gutted’ to be packing his bags but added that he hopes Lucinda will ‘find someone’
Emotional: The other Islanders were stunned by Brad’s decision with many crying about it
Devastated: Sharon could not hold back the tears as she processed Brad’s shock exit
Speaking after the morning after he left the villa, Brad admitted that he wishes Lucinda had left with him.
Brad revealed: ‘On the night, it was one of them situations where, I didn’t want her to leave [with me]. The way we had a connection, it would be really nice to take what we had and continue it on the outside.
‘I woke up this morning and I wish we had left together. I want to see where that could have went. Not being able to speak to Cind, or ask her where she’s at, I want to know how she’s woke up this morning.’
Brad joins Shannon Singh, Chuggs Wallis, and Rachel Finni as the fourth person booted from the villa.
Difficult: Lucinda explained that she felt as though their week-long bond wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on
After the dumping, the Islanders were tasked with dressing up as Hens and Stags and playing a game to decide whether a new male or female would enter the villa.
As the boys ended the very cheeky game victorious, a new girl was revealed to be joining them at the end of the episode.
The girls already in the villa got to watch her entrance from the terrace, with all eyes on the stunning blonde as she strutted towards the fire pit.
New girl AJ, who is from Hertforshire and a hair extension technician, looked sensational in a cut-out dress which flaunted her very ample assets.
Ahead of going into the villa, AJ revealed who she’s got her eye on saying: ‘There is something about Teddy. He’s a bit of me.
Task time: After the dumping, the Islanders were tasked with dressing up as Hens and Stags and playing a game to decide whether a new male or female would enter the villa
Interesting: The boys had to fling rings around cheeky inflatables for their round of the game
‘In terms of being adventurous and spontaneous, I think we’d get on really well. Hugo and Aaron, there is something about them so I want to get to know them a bit more.’
However she admitted she’s not really into Toby on first impression because: ‘Toby said he was a commitment phobe.
‘My ex was a commitment phobe so no thank you, I don’t want a guy like that.’
Elsewhere on Wednesday show, Chloe was left fuming and brands Toby ‘fake’ after he freaked out when they are voted one of the three least compatible couples.
The marketing executive, 25, says the 22-year-old semi-pro footballer’s reaction to the public vote ‘made her question his intentions and whether he was genuine’.
Shortly after the shock reveal around the fire pit Toby told Chloe: ‘We’re f***ed. We were down there.’
Chloe then replies: ‘Course we are. Why are you surprised? Why are you taking it so personally?’
Later in the Beach Hut Toby says: ‘In my eyes, we get on like a house on fire. If that’s not a genuine connection, then I don’t know what is.
‘That means I’m searching for the wrong thing completely. I don’t know how the public hasn’t seen that.’
Love Island continues Thursday at 9pm on ITV2 and the ITV Hub.
LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Sharon Gaffka
Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport
Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me.
‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’
Name: Aaron Francis
Occupation: Luxury Events Host
Who is their type on paper? ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that.
‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’
Name: Liberty Poole
Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student
Who is their type on paper? ‘So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy.
‘But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’
Name: Hugo Hammond
Occupation: PE Teacher
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.
‘I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.’
Name: Liam Reardon
Are you competitive? ‘I am competitive to a certain extent. I’m not over the top. It’s always nice being a winner. If I’m in competition for a female, I want to try my best, but I won’t go too far out of my way. If she liked you that much she wouldn’t have to make a choice.’
Name: Jake Cornish
Occupation: Water Engineer
Who is their type on paper? ‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you…
‘I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!’
Name: Kaz Kamwi
Occupation: Fashion Blogger
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’
Name: Chloe Burrows
Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you.
‘And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more.
‘I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back’
Name: Faye Winter
Occupation: Letting Manager
What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’
Name: Rachel Finni
Occupation: Luxury travel specialist
Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”.’
Name: Lucinda Strafford
Occupation: Online fashion boutique owner
Which boy do you have your eye on? I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam. But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys.
Name: Brad McClelland
Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.
Name: Toby Aromolaran
Occupation: Semi-pro footballer
How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’
Name: Chuggs Wallis
Occupation: Hat entrepreneur
Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of aging. Especially as half of my last year of uni was taken away and we had so many fun plans. With Covid and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed a year of my youth, so I’m really gagging to get it all back – make the most of it.’
Name: Millie Court
Occupation: Fashion buyer’s administrator
Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve been single for over a year now. I’m ready to find ‘The One’. I’m a very spontaneous and adventurous person. I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it’
Name: Teddy Soares
Occupation: Senior financial consultant
What girl do you have your eye on? I want to get to know all of the girls. I’m not afraid to step on toes to get the girl I want.