Love Island’s Jake insists he would have shared £50k prize with Liberty if they’d won

Love Island’s Jake insists he would have shared £50k prize with Liberty if they’d won

Love Island star Jake Cornish has insisted he would have shared the £50,000 prize money with Liberty Poole if they’d stayed together and won the show.

The couple got together at the start of the series and were early favourites to win.

However, the cracks started to show in the last few weeks and fed-up Liberty dumped Jake just days before the final.

After splitting up, the pair decided to leave the villa to allow the other couples to enjoy their last few days together.

Jake has now opened up about his stint in the villa and his disappointing split from Liberty, and insisted he wasn’t playing a game during the show.

He insisted that if the couple had stayed together, he would definitely have shared the prize money with Lib.

Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, Jake explained: “There’s no way I’d keep that to myself,” he says. “My whole journey has been Lib.

Jake and Liberty packed their suitcases and left in Friday night’s episode

“Lib would have shared it. She only sees good in people, she only sees positive. She hasn’t got a bad bone in her body. So 100% sure she would have shared it because our ­journey was together.”

The relationship seemed to start crumbling after movie night, when Liberty was shown a clip of Jake telling the other boys he didn’t fancy her enough to “rip her clothes off”.

Now Jake has defended the comment, telling us: “I was just telling the truth.”

Jake and Liberty quit the show after their split

He was later seen criticising the 22-year-old waitress for her messiness, saying it gave him “the ick” and Liberty was worried he was trying to change her.

Water engineer Jake, 24, went on to say: “It’s not a nice feeling to think that things I’ve said is coming across that I’m trying to make someone change.

“I’m not. Liberty is Lib. That’s the girl I fell in love with. I’m not trying to change her.”

Viewers witnessed Liberty’s increasing distress as she realised the relationship was going ­nowhere, and on Friday the pair agreed to leave the villa together just as “friends”.

Jake said: “I’ve just got to be true to myself – if I was trying to have a game plan, I think I’d still be there, I wouldn’t have left.

“Actions speak for themselves. I’ve stepped aside from the people who have got something good going, let them enjoy their moment.”

Liberty was seen sobbing outside after realising she no longer wanted to continue her romance with Jake

Jake added of his decision to leave: “It was time for myself and Liberty to basically step aside from all the couples that are moving forward. It was kind of sucking the energy out of them…

“I don’t want another couple to get voted out and me and Lib are still in there.

“I’d feel awful that they’ve gone when they are a couple and a real couple who are together, and me and Lib aren’t anything no more. It wouldn’t be fair.”

Love Island returns to ITV2 and ITV Hub at 9pm tomorrow.