Love Island’s Hugo Hammond has been awkwardly swerved by newly single Chloe Burrows after he finally tried to get his feelings out.
The PE teacher hasn’t found any romantic connection with anyone during his month in the villa - but has been getting closer to Chloe throughout the weeks.
After speaking out in her defence at the latest recoupling, calling out her former beau Toby Aromolaran in the process, it seemed only a matter of time before he admitted that he had developed feelings for the 25-year-old.
However, when pulling her for a chat on Sunday night’s episode, Chloe awkwardly had to break to him that she didn’t feel the same way and just wanted to be friends.
After being encouraged to talk to her after a chat with the boys, Hugo took Chloe by the firepit and got the giggles as he struggled to figure out what to say to her.
He then told her that he “didn’t know” where he stood with their future, including if a romance would ever be on the cards.
“Don’t worry, I’m not sticking it on you, relax,” he told her as she started to get nervous. “But I've just got to double-check that.
“So obviously I know what your type is, but as we know, this place is mad and conversations eventually happen. So you may as well do it sooner to save everyone the hassle.”
Letting him down gently, Chloe responded: “I just think what we've been through, and where I'm at, I just feel like for me it wouldn't be romantic, because of how close we are, and I wouldn't want to ruin that.
“I just don't know if there would be something and I don't want to force it. If it's not happened naturally…”
“...It’s not worth the risk,” Hugo said. “It's probably not gonna happen, is it?”
“Yeah. If it was gonna happen it would have happened naturally, but yeah,” Chloe confirmed.
Taking on the chin, Hugo said: “The line is drawn. It’s fine, it’s good.”
“I’m glad we had that conversation. You know how much I f**ing rate you. I literally love you more than anything,” she reassured.
While it definitely didn’t work out with Chloe, fingers crossed he might have a bit more luck in the new Casa Amor which launches on Monday night.
Six new girls and six new guys will be introduced to the group - all with the aim of securing their permanent spot on the show by getting it on with the current islanders.
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While Chloe and Hugo are the only friendship group currently remaining in the villa, the new twist could throw the emerging couples into chaos.
But before that, Lucinda Strafford and Aaron Francis were given their marching orders and dumped on Sunday night after being voted the least favourite couple in the villa.
*Love Island airs weeknights at 9pm on ITV2