Love Island’s Jake Cornish landed back in rainy London on Thursday after he decided to quit the ITV All Stars spin-off show.
The former contestant, 26, who starred in series seven of the show, appeared to be in good spirits as he touched down at Heathrow Airport.
Sporting a golden tan, Jake dressed for comfort as he sported two of the show’s iconic luggage bags.
Braving the UK winter snap, the gym enthusiast sported a crisp white t-shirt, an open black shirt and matching trousers.
Keeping up with the casual ensemble, he paired his beachy look with a pair of sliders and messy hair.
Love Island’s Jake Cornish landed back in rainy London on Thursday after he decided to quit the ITV All Stars spin-off show
The former contestant, 26, who starred in series seven of the show, appeared to be in good spirits as he touched down at Heathrow Airport
It comes after he broke his social media silence after quitting the South African villa.
The reality star abruptly decided to leave the All Stars series after just two days on the show, and on Thursday he took to Instagram Stories to reveal he was preparing to board his flight home.
Jake previously revealed that he quit the villa as it wasn’t the ‘right time’ for him to find love, after coming face-to-face with his ex Liberty Poole on the show.
But the star appeared to brush off his early departure while waiting at the airport, writing on his Stories: ‘Love to you all. Home time.’
In a statement Jake said he didn’t want to ‘force a connection’ on Love Island, and so decided to leave the show.
He said in a statement: ‘After a few amazing days in the villa, I’ve made the decision to leave ‘Love Island: All Stars’ as I’ve realised that now isn’t the right time for me to find love as I would never want to force a connection.’
Despite his short stint in the villa, Jake insisted he has ‘no regrets’ from his time on the brand-new spin-off show.
Jake had an awkward reunion with his ex Liberty Poole in the villa.
Sporting a golden tan, Jake dressed for comfort as he sported two of the show’s iconic luggage bags
Braving the UK winter snap, the gym enthusiast sported a crisp white t-shirt, an open black shirt and matching trousers
The pair – who were affectionately known as Jiberty when they became an item in 2021 – were early favourites to win series seven, but their relationship fell apart following a dramatic Movie Night episode, and they ended up walking from the series just four days before the final.
But Jake has now admitted living alongside Liberty again on ‘Love Island: All Stars’ gave him an ‘opportunity to clear the air’ with her.
He added: ‘I have no regrets whatsoever as I’m so glad I got to enjoy my time in the villa reuniting with some familiar faces as well finally getting an opportunity to clear the air with Liberty.
‘I wish her and all of the other Islanders the very best and will be cheering them all on from home.’
On Wednesday, Jake announced his departure from the show to his fellow Islanders, leaving Liberty stunned.
He said: ‘I don’t want to waste time. I don’t want to give my energy to someone if it’s forced, if it’s fake.
‘So just to let you know, I’m going to leave tonight.’
He added: ‘I love you all, that means you’ve all got to have fun and find love. Just because I haven’t doesn’t mean you lot can’t.’
Liberty exclaimed: ‘Oh, Jake!’, as she and the rest of the group jumped up and rushed to give him a hug.
As Liberty and Jake were seen walking off for a chat, Demi said: ‘I think Libs feels a little bit responsible but I told her it’s not her responsibility.’
As the pair sat together by the fire pit, Liberty burst into tears, prompting Jake to say: ‘Don’t get upset! What are you getting upset for?’
Referring to their past relationship, she said: ‘I know what happened, happened three years ago but you’ve honestly matured so much and I just feel like I just wanted you to have a good chance at finding love as well.’
Keeping up with the casual ensemble, he paired his beachy look with a pair of sliders and messy hair
It comes after he broke his social media silence after quitting the South African villa
The reality star abruptly decided to leave the All Stars series after just two days on the show, and on Thursday he took to Instagram Stories to reveal he was preparing to board his flight home
Jake said: ‘You’ve definitely matured as well. I just can’t fake things for the sake of it. I just can’t do it.
‘So I thought the best thing for me to do is take myself out of the situation. I’ve had a wicked time.’
Jake continued: ‘I hope you find someone in here because there’s going to be plenty of people that walk through that door.’
Referring to her decision to leave the Love Island villa just days before the final when she was first on the show and coupled-up with Jake in 2021, Liberty told him: ‘It’s weird to think that three years ago I was leaving being true to myself and now you’re doing the same thing.’
The pair hugged before Jake made his way to the front door of the villa where he was surrounded by his fellow Islanders as he made his way out.
Jake reportedly decided he ‘couldn’t stay’ after the public voted for the exes to be coupled up together.
‘Jake was really shocked to see Liberty in the villa – they had no idea the other person would be there,’ a source told The Sun.
‘It was clear from the start they wouldn’t get back together, then none of the girls wanted to step forward for him.
‘Jake had a nice three days in the villa and had a very emotional chat to Maya Jama, he couldn’t stay in the villa so he quit the show. It’s not his time and it’s not the right time to find love.’
Jake and Liberty were among 12 former Islanders who appeared on the new spin-off show. The series sees past contestants head into the villa to try to find love once more.
The pair shared a turbulent relationship on the show in 2021, with Liberty falling hard and fast for Jake, but her feelings seemingly not being reciprocated.
The couple became the first to become official in series seven.
However, during the Casa Amor loyalty test, Jake was seen encouraging his male co-stars to play away from their partners.
Love Island: All Stars continues at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.