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Love Island’s Zara Holland apologises to Barbados after ‘breaking quarantine when boyfriend tested positive for Covid-19’


Zara has apologised to the government and people of Barbados (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Zara Holland has apologised to the people of Barbados after allegedly breaking quarantine to flee the island when her boyfriend tested positive for Covid-19.

The Love Island star and her boyfriend Elliott Love were holidaying in Barbados when Love, 30, reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite being told to quarantine at their hotel, the couple made their way to Gratley Adams International Airport, where they were allegedly detained by officials.

In a statement shared with Barbados Today, Zara, 25, said: ‘I firstly want to apologise to the entire country of Barbados for what has been a massive mix up and misunderstanding during my most recent stay.

‘I am currently working with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.

‘I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but love and respect for and which has treated me as a family.’

A Barbadian police spokesperson said: ‘Zara Holland has been released from a medical facility to go to her designated hotel. Elliott Love remains a resident at the medical facility.’ 

Elliott reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 (Picture: Instagram)

A spokesperson from the Foreign Office confirmed they were aware of the situation, saying: ‘We are supporting a British man and woman in quarantine in Barbados, and are in contact with their family.’

The couple were initially placed in isolation at a quarantine facility in northern Barbados, and Elliott reportedly remains there, after his girlfriend tested negative twice for Covid-19.

Zara and Elliott arrived in Barbados last Sunday when they are thought to have had a test.

However, Elliott then received a positive result on Tuesday, with the pair allegedly given red wristbands from the hotel, signalling guests who had not yet tested negative.

The couple allegedly cut off their wristbands, with a staff member at the Sugar Bay resort hotel calling the police when they found the bands.

Zara was Miss GB in 2015 until she was decrowned (Picture: Danny Martindale/WireImage)

Zara and Elliott could face a $50,000 (£18,000) fine or a year’s imprisonment for breaking Barbados’s strict quarantine protocol.

Visitors to Barbados from high and medium risk countries must have a test before they arrive and another when they arrive, and restrict their movements while awaiting the results.

If the result is positive, then the person is assessed at a government facility for a minimum of 24 hours; after this there is the option to self-isolate at your own expense or go to a government isolation location, such as the Paragon Military Base.

Returning home or resuming your holiday before recovery is forbidden.

Barbados has only had 395 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Zara held the Miss Great Britain title when she entered the Love Island villa in 2016, and was famously decrowned after her sexual antics with Alex Bowen were shown on the show.

She met Elliott shortly after leaving the show and has called him ‘the one’.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Holland’s rep for further comment.


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