Love Island star Jacques O’Neill’s family reveals he has ADHD – as they address furious backlash

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Love Island star Jacques O’Neill’s family have revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child which means he ‘struggles with his emotions’ – as they address the furious backlash over his poor treatment of Paige.

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While running his Instagram account during his stint in the villa, his nearest and dearest urged viewers to ‘be kind’ and stressed that they only see an edited version of events.

Jacques has come under fire from fans after he kissed Cheyanne during Casa Amor and then failed to apologize to loyal Paige afterwards – instead using the excuse that he wanted to ‘test himself’.

Honest: Love Island star Jacques' family have revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child which means he 'struggles with his emotions' - as they address the furious backlash over his poor treatment of Paige.

Honest: Love Island star Jacques' family have revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child which means he 'struggles with his emotions' - as they address the furious backlash over his poor treatment of Paige.

Honest: Love Island star Jacques’ family have revealed that he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child which means he ‘struggles with his emotions’ – as they address the furious backlash over his poor treatment of Paige.

According to the NHS, people with ADHD may seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.

Making the announcement on his social media, his family wrote in the caption: ‘Jacques was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old.

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‘By no means is this a get out clause for his actions but it is to show that he can fundamentally struggle with his emotions at times.

He is an amazing person who I’m proud to call my friend/little brother.

‘All the hate thrown towards Jacques doesn’t go to him directly… It comes to his loved ones who have always supported him and not just while he is on Love Island.

Tough: Jacques has come under fire from fans after he kissed Cheyanne during Casa Amor and then failed to apologize to loyal Paige (pictured) afterwards - instead using the flimsy excuse that he wanted to 'test himself'

Tough: Jacques has come under fire from fans after he kissed Cheyanne during Casa Amor and then failed to apologize to loyal Paige (pictured) afterwards - instead using the flimsy excuse that he wanted to 'test himself'

Tough: Jacques has come under fire from fans after he kissed Cheyanne during Casa Amor and then failed to apologize to loyal Paige (pictured) afterwards – instead using the flimsy excuse that he wanted to ‘test himself’

‘Love Island, although real. Is still a show where the producers do have control and we see 45 minutes out of the 1440 in 24 hours. Please be kind♥️.’

It comes after the rugby player’s behavior was revealed in a scathing fashion by Cheyanne during the dramatic recoupling and ending of Casa Amor.

Jacques first decided that he was going to stick with Paige, leaving the brunette visibly delighted as she returned to the villa alone.

Asked by Laura Whitmore whether she was surprised she hadn’t been chosen by one of the boys, Cheyanne revealed: ‘I thought I had a connection with someone… I suppose my version of a test was different to someone else’s….’ and then admitted that Jacques was the man in question.

Having their say: While running his Instagram account during his stint in the villa, his family urged viewers to 'be kind' and stressed that they only see an edited version of events

Having their say: While running his Instagram account during his stint in the villa, his family urged viewers to 'be kind' and stressed that they only see an edited version of events

Having their say: While running his Instagram account during his stint in the villa, his family urged viewers to ‘be kind’ and stressed that they only see an edited version of events

Statement: Making the announcement on his social media, his family wrote in the caption: 'Jacques was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old'

Statement: Making the announcement on his social media, his family wrote in the caption: 'Jacques was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old'

Statement: Making the announcement on his social media, his family wrote in the caption: ‘Jacques was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old’

Attempting to justify his decision, Jacques said: ‘I wanted to see if what I’ve got with Paige is real. I wanted to see if something could be better… but it wasn’t.’

‘It’s not really what you want to hear when you come back.’ Paige added, insisting she did remain loyal in Casa Amor.

Paige then pulled Jacques aside to confront him about his behavior, with him quickly admitting: ‘One night we had a good chat and we kissed… after that I got into bed and we had another kiss.

‘If you can’t accept that then I understand, if that takes a few days or a few weeks.’

Drama: It comes after the rugby player's behavior was revealed in scathing fashion by Cheyanne (pictured) during the dramatic recoupling and end of Casa Amor

Drama: It comes after the rugby player's behavior was revealed in scathing fashion by Cheyanne (pictured) during the dramatic recoupling and end of Casa Amor

Drama: It comes after the rugby player’s behavior was revealed in scathing fashion by Cheyanne (pictured) during the dramatic recoupling and end of Casa Amor

Not happy: Jacques first decided that he was going to stick with Paige, leaving the brunette visibly delighted as she returned to the villa alone before she found out what he had done

Not happy: Jacques first decided that he was going to stick with Paige, leaving the brunette visibly delighted as she returned to the villa alone before she found out what he had done

Not happy: Jacques first decided that he was going to stick with Paige, leaving the brunette visibly delighted as she returned to the villa alone before she found out what he had done

Paige added: ‘You can get to know people without kissing them, I would never do that to someone I cared about,’ breaking down in tears as she ran into the villa.

The episode ended with many of the show’s couples in turmoil, with a teaser showing Jacques with tears in his eyes as he seems to consider leaving the villa – after a hurt Paige questions ‘What the f*** were you doing?’.

In a tense chat on Friday night’s episode, Paige confronted him again and said: ‘I get Casa is a test, but it’s only a test if you want it to be a test and you only want tests if you feel like something is missing or if you feel like something’s not 100 percent.

Reaction: In a tense chat on Friday night's episode, Paige confronted him again and said: 'I get Casa is a test, but it's only a test if you want it to be a test'

Reaction: In a tense chat on Friday night's episode, Paige confronted him again and said: 'I get Casa is a test, but it's only a test if you want it to be a test'

Reaction: In a tense chat on Friday night’s episode, Paige confronted him again and said: ‘I get Casa is a test, but it’s only a test if you want it to be a test’

‘Why did you do it if you didn’t have any of those things with her [Cheyanne] or if you genuinely felt that way about me? Because it’s not adding up. I’m not sure you quite understand how…’

To which Jacques said: ‘Look I know you’re hurt mate, I know you are. You deserve better…’

But Paige asked: ‘Well, why couldn’t you just have been better then?’

Love Island fans will now have to wait until Sunday’s episode to find out if Paige will forgive him.

Suspense: Love Island fans will now have to wait until Sunday's episode to find out if Paige will forgive him

Suspense: Love Island fans will now have to wait until Sunday's episode to find out if Paige will forgive him

Suspense: Love Island fans will now have to wait until Sunday’s episode to find out if Paige will forgive him

ABOUT ATTENTION-DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:

  • Constant fidgeting
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Acting without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger
  • Careless mistakes
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty organizing tasks
  • Inability to listen or carry out instructions

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but it is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk.

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.

There is no cure.

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier.

Source: NHS Choices

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