Love Island’s Ekin-Su is ‘genuine’ but has been ‘messed around’ insists close friend

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu was seen calling out Jay Younger for his "muggy" behaviour after he told her and Jacques O'Neill he wanted to "get to know" Paige Thorne.

The Turkish actress, 27, originally had her sights set on Davide Sanclimenti, before flirting with rugby player Jacques, 23. But she ended up coupling up with Jay, 28, after a steamy kiss on the terrace.

However, things took a dramatic turn in last night's episode when viewers saw her call Jay "the biggest player in the villa" and that he deserved an Oscar.

Now, Ekin-Su's friend Arabella Ovenden has defended Ekin-Su's actions, telling us they are "genuine" and that she is actually scared of being hurt.

Speaking to OK!, Arabella, 22, said: "I think it’s genuine. In London, she can never find anyone, so I think she’s just getting to know everyone and seeing which ones take to her and don’t mess her about.

"She’s been messed about by various guys, so I just think she’s keeping her guard up."

While Davide has been open about never going back there with Ekin-Su, Arabella says her friend is much more suited to him than she is to Jay.

"I think Davide. I think that they’ll understand each other more," she reveals.

Arabella then gave some insight into what Ekin-Su is like on a night out, adding she "gets a lot of attention" but it's never the focus of the night.

"On our nights out, it’s just me and her having fun. She does get a lot of attention but we giggle about it," she shares.

"She always goes home on her own, she gets a taxi back to Essex from Chelsea.

"We recently went to our friend’s birthday and there was a guy all over her but she just wasn’t interested."

She continued: "He was begging to take her on a date and she said no! She loves a girls’ night out, she loves to have fun."

Things could be looking up for Ekin-Su as she was chosen to go on a date with newbie Charlie Radnedge in the Hideaway terrace hot tub, sharing strawberries and a glass of bubbly.

But Charlie also chose Tasha Ghouri – who is coupled up with Andrew Le Page – for a date, and in the sneak peek for tonight's episode, it looks like Tasha's head might be turning before another recoupling.

Andrew also says in the clip: "One minute Tasha wanted to leave with me. Now she wants to get to know him. You know what, f*** this."


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