Love Island 2022 winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has opened up about her emotional elimination on last weekend's Dancing On Ice.
The skating competition on ITV saw Ekin-Su become the third contestant to leave alongside her professional skate partner Brendyn Hatfield after a tense skate off against EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer.
The 28-year-old has now opened up about her tearful exit, as she revealed she "cared" about her performances on Dancing On Ice and was "sad to leave".
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Viewers watched as the Love Island winner broke down in tears as it was revealed she was being voted off and would no longer continue in the competition.
Speaking on a Love Island chat show on Reddit alongside Love Islander Joe Garratt, Ekin revealed: "I am strong. Yes I cried and I was upset, you know I'm human. I think that programme I always thought when I was in Love Island, all the people and viewers expected me to be strong all the time but it's not like that.
"I cared and that's why I cried."
She continued: "I gave everything to that show. I had other commitments and I was juggling everything at the same time, and I had no days off at the time.
"That just being gone was just like 'Oh my god that's gone now'.
"But the show has made me really, really strong. Love Island made me strong and Dancing On Ice made me even stronger and I'm very grateful for that."
Viewers watched on Sunday's show (5 Feb) as Ekin-Su was in tears as she faced former EastEnders star Patsy Palmer in the dreaded skate-off after they found themselves in the bottom two on the leaderboard.
Despite giving it her all, the all-star judging panel voted by a clean sweep that Patsy should stay in the contest and sent Ekin-Su home.
A devastated Ekin-Su was comforted by other Dancing On Ice stars, as host Phillip Schofield commented: "This is the most emotional skate we've ever had."
Co-host Holly Willoughby agreed: "I can't bear it."
Love Island boyfriend Davide Sacliamente was quick to comfort his devastated partner as he shared a loved-up snap on Instagram of the couple gazing affectionately at each other.
Love Island 2022 winner Davide captioned the snap: "Don’t worry baby.. It’s now time for us to have an holiday."
Following her elimination, Ekin-Su received a flood of support from fans after receiving criticism during the first week of the competition for wearing a sheer-look outfit as she skated to the Britney Spears song Toxic.
The sexy performance sparked 112 Ofcom complaints as she recreated her famous Love Island terrace crawl during her racy routine, which host Holly described as "the sexiest performance."
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