Love Island fans were in shock on Tuesday night as Niall Aslam’s time on Love Island came to an abrupt end.
After the ITV2 show confirmed earlier on Tuesday that the popular 23-year-old had quit the show due to personal reasons, viewers tuned in to see his exit.
Many were left ‘gutted’ though as Niall was not seen on the episode, instead his friend Dr Alex George was left the task of announcing his overnight departure to his housemates, including match Georgia Steel.
Breaking the news: Love Island fans were in shock on Tuesday night as Niall Aslam’s time on Love Island came to an abrupt end, with his friend Dr Alex seen breaking the news
Speaking to the group, Dr Alex read: ‘For personal reasons unfortunately he can’t continue or come back to the Villa.’
In disbelief, Georgia, who was coupled up with the Coventry native, took to the Beach Hut and voiced her shock: ‘Obviously I was coupled up with him so obviously I came closer to him than most people in here but it wasn’t just that.
‘He was actually my friend, my buddy.’ Taken aback by his sudden departure, Dr Alex admitted Niall will be missed by all as he reiterated how much of a ‘great guy’ he is.
Sudden departure: Niall has quit Love Island for ‘personal reasons’, it has been confirmed in a statement to MailOnline
Love match: Niall’s match Georgia looked shocked as Alex delivered the news
Shocked: Dani Dyer was left open-mouthed as Alex read out the news on Tuesday morning
Shock: Viewers were disappointed Niall didn’t say goodbye to his friends, with one tweeter asking: ‘So did Niall sneak out in the middle of the night and nobody noticed???’
‘I’m obviously sad that Niall’s left the villa,’ he shared. ‘We got on really, really well. He’s such a great guy. And I look forward to catching up with him and having some fun with him outside.’
Viewers were disappointed Niall didn’t say goodbye to his friends, with one tweeter asking: ‘So did Niall sneak out in the middle of the night and nobody noticed???’
Others called for this series current villain Adam to leave instead, with a distraught fan tweeting: ‘Can someone tell me how niall and Kendall, two of the best and genuine people in the villa are out the villa and Adam is still in there??’
Sudden: The popular islander left without saying goodbye to his villa housemates
Lost for words: Samira and her fellow islanders seemed lost for words by the abrupt exit
‘Sad’: ‘I’m obviously sad that Niall’s left the villa,’ he shared. ‘We got on really, really well, Georgia told the beach hut
Lovely: Jack told the camera that Niall was ‘a lovely boy, so kind and funny’
Gutted: Fans were disappointed one of this year’s most popular contestants had left
A spokesperson for Love Island confirmed the news to MailOnline stating: ‘Niall has left the villa for personal reasons and won’t be returning to the show.’
Meanwhile The Sun report that Niall’s worried friends are desperate to hear from him, and are tying to get hold of the construction worker.
One, who asked not to be named, told the publication: ‘We don’t know what’s gone on and we haven’t spoken to him so we’re in the dark.’
A second added: ‘We just found out when it came on the press. We are as shocked as everyone else is. It’s a shame as he was doing really well and taking the show by storm. ‘He is really popular as he’s a lovely boy.’
The shock hasn’t only been felt by the Islanders but with fans alike, who have taken to Twitter to share their disbelief over his sudden departure with a stream of memes and posts.
Disbelief: The group are left in shock over his sudden departure
Original cast: Niall (fifth from the right) kicked off series four alongside Adam Collard, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Samira Mighty, Dr. Alex George, Dani Dyer, Wes Nelson, Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker
Upset: The shock hasn’t only been felt by the Islanders but with fans alike, who have taken to Twitter to share their disbelief over his shock departure with a stream of memes and posts
One wrote: ‘Niall has left the villa and my interest in Love Island has gone with him’.
‘Niall’s left the villa excuse me while I go and mourn,’ another shared. ‘Gutted to hear Niall has had to leave, been one of my favourites since day one. I hope everything is okay at home, best wishes @NiallAslam’.
A devastated viewer wrote: ‘As if this series of Love Island couldn’t get any worse Niall has only gone and left.’
‘Gutted that Niall has left the villa. He was defo one of my faves,’ an upset fan posted. ‘I can’t believe Niall left Love Island. He was literally one of my favourite people in the villa’.
Reaction: Fans couldn’t contain their disappointment following Niall’s shock exit
While another echoed many fans’ sentiments by writing: ‘Niall leaving Love Island has proper ruined my week.’
The reality star was the first boy into this year’s villa and was instantly paired up with Kendall Rae-Knight, 26, who became the first Islander dumped from the series last Friday.
But it wasn’t meant to be for the duo when Niall was left devastated when she was stolen by Adam Collard, 22.
However, Niall bounced back by hooking up with Georgia following his heartbreak and said at the time that he instantly connected with the petite beauty.
In the beginning: Niall was the first boy to enter this year’s villa, coupling up with Kendall Rae-Knight, 26, before she was later swiped by Adam Collard, 22
Hitting it off: In Friday night’s re-coupling, Niall paired up with drama student Georgia Steel, 20, after forming a close bond
On Monday night’s episode fans saw Georgia fuming as she learnt that Megan, who entered the villa on Sunday, had decided to pair up with Niall for her first date on the show.
Taking to the Beach Hut after learning of Megan’s move, Georgia ranted: ‘I’m fuming. Actually fuming. No one takes my man away, no. I’ve never had competition before and I don’t like it.’
To make matters worse for Georgia, Megan was far from shy about sharing her feelings with Niall once they sat down for some alone time together.
She told her potential suitor: ‘There were other boys I could pick but I wanted to pick you because I found you attractive.’
Packing on the PDA: The pair shared a passionate kiss during their first date
Going for it: On Monday night’s show, he was picked to go on a date with new girl, stripper and model Megan Barton Hanson, 24, who said he was ‘attractive’
Following her rant, Georgia was seen showing very little loyalty to Niall, after Charlie made her one of his choices for a date.
She tells the handsome blond: ‘I don’t want to rule anything out, because if I feel like I have a connection with somebody else then I’m all for that too.’
It is unclear how the departure will effect Georgia’s place in the Villa.
Before going into the villa, Niall, who had a tattoo of Hermione Granger’s wand, revealed that he feared: ‘Being the first one voted out. I’ve also got a worry that I’m going to get pied constantly.’
Making moves: Taking to the Beach Hut after learning of Megan’s move, Georgia ranted: ‘I’m fuming. Actually fuming. No one takes my man away, no. I’ve never had competition before’