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Megan Nisbet

Love Island bosses reveal reason behind Olivia and Zara's explosive row

The latest episode of Love Island 2023 ended on a major cliffhanger as bosses teased a heated row between Olivia Hawkins and Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown. There has been tension between the pair since the latest recoupling which saw bombshell Zara choose Tom Clare, who had previously been coupled up with Olivia.

In a teaser for the episode set to air on Monday, January 23, ITV2 and ITVX viewers watched on as Olivia stormed off in tears and called Zara a "b***h". It comes after Zara could be heard telling Olivia: "Do you think I flew 11 hours from England to p**s you off? Get over yourself Liv, get over yourself."

"You're just trying to cause drama," Olivia responded before walking off in tears as Zara told her fellow contestants Olivia was being childish.

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However, those who can't wait until tonight's episode to find out what all the drama is about are in luck, as ITV bosses have shared the reason for the explosive bust-up ahead of tonight's episode. The lead-up to the argument was shared by Maya Jama during this season's first-ever Aftersun and has also been revealed in a "first look" clip ahead of the show.

Love Island bosses reveal reason behind Olivia and Zara's explosive row (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

In scenes set to air tonight, Olivia pulls Tom for a chat. As the pair walk off, Zara tells Shaq Muhammad: "There's still like a weird energy between us, I don't really know what it is.

"Like, she just came over and I looked at her and said like 'hi!' and she went 'Tom, can I borrow you?' And I'm like... whatever, man."

During their chat, Tom tells Olivia: "I don't want to shut that door with you. I'd be stupid too, I'm in here to find someone. Do you still hate me?"

As Olivia returns to the daybeds after the chat, Zara questions: "What was that?"

Olivia replies: "Huh, what do you mean?" to which Zara asks again: "What was that? I wondered what the conversation was about, the context?" Olivia replies: "Oh, it's private."

Zara asks: "Private? Well, I like to be open here so can I ask you what it was about?" Olivia laughs: "I like to be private in here if that's ok?"

Olivia Hawkins, Lana Jenkins, Ron Hall, Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown, Shaq Muhammad and Will Young (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Zara adds: "Things come out eventually Liv, it's fine" to which Olivia responds: "It's not about you it's about me and him."

Zara then says: "I'm in a couple with him so it does kind of concern me." Olivia asks: "Are you married?" to which Zara replies: "I’m here to find someone and I see a future with him."

"I see you're playing a game," Olivia quips, as Zara hits back: "Playing a game how?"

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX. For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.


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