Demi Jones reveals secret rift with Love Island pals amid cancer battle

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by Hannah Mellin |

Love Island's Demi Jones has candidly opened up about the support she has received from her Love Island family following her thyroid cancer diagnosis.

Demi, announced the news on Instagram back in May, explaining that she has had the tumour removed but now has to have more surgery to remove the rest of her thyroid.

In a candid chat on The ZeZe Mills Show, Demi was asked about her whole Love Island experience and whether any of her fellow Islanders had reached out to her following her diagnosis. She was also asked whether she thought she came out of the villa with "real friends".

"I have made friends for life," Demi explained. "The twins, Jess and Eve [Gale], they are my best friends for life, we literally do everything together now. We’re like sisters. Shaughna [Phillips], Paige [Turley], Finn [Tapp], Molly [Smith], Callum [Jones].

"It’s weird because Love Island is like a weird incestual family, you come out and all the other ex-Islanders are in your DMs. Everyone has been supportive, we all support each other in different ways."

However, Demi - who left the villa in a relationship with Luke Mabbott before splitting just months later - went on to reveal that there was a few Islanders that hadn't been in contact following her cancer diagnosis.

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She said, "A few Islanders didn't reach out to me, which I didn't expect. I’m not going to name names, it will cause problems.

"It’s weird because we were so close in the villa so then coming out and then zero contact. I wish them all the best but I feel I don’t know what the reason is, I don’t know if they just want to separate from the whole Love Island hysteria. It is what it is."

Demi also revealed in the chat that she announced her cancer news on social media before informing her family.

She said, “When I first found out it could be cancerous, I was in shock and I was crying because I went on social media, and I shouldn’t have done that because I hadn’t even told my family yet. I don’t even know why, I can’t even tell you because my head was scrambled and I was like, 'Oh my god, guys!’"

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Last week, Demi used an appearance on Good Morning Britain to talk about her diagnosis and how she’s trying to make the most of the good times with her friends and family before receiving more treatment. The reality star admitted that although the support has been overwhelming, she had been the target of trolls who accused her of lying about her diagnosis.

“Even with my cancer, I’ve still had nasty comments, [people saying] 'she’s lying', this and that. I just woke up and thought it’s ridiculous,” she told hosts Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull.

We’re wishing Demi all the love in the world.

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