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Zara Holland humbled by support after quitting Love Island

Zara Holland has thanked her fans for their support after making the difficult decision to quit Love Island following her mother being taken ill.

Zara Holland is feeling "very humbled" by the support she has received after quitting Love Island.

The 20-year-old blonde made the decision to quit the ITV2 show, in which a bunch of genetically-blessed beauties attempt to find love in a Majorcan villa, after her mother Cheryl was taken ill.

She was told of her relative's health battle on Saturday (18Jun16) and decided shortly afterwards that she needed to be with her.

On Sunday night (19Jun16), Zara took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support and encouraging comments. Alongside a screenshot of her crying with her head in her hands from Love Island, Zara wrote: "This sums up how I'm feeling, but knowing I've got incredible support makes me feel very humble. Thank u (sic) so much."

Depending on how Zara's mother gets on, the former Miss Great Britain could make a return to the show in the coming weeks. Love Island producers insisted they have left returning an option for Zara considering the circumstances.

Zara hasn't had much luck on the dating programme. After her rash decision to sleep with new boy Alex Bowen after less than 24 hours of him being in the house, the Miss Great Britain organisers decided to strip her of her title.

Zara was told of the demotion off camera, but then gathered the rest of her housemates to tell them of the news.

Bursting into tears, Zara said: "I need to speak to everyone. I’ve just had some news. They’ve taken my title off me. They’ve done a statement and stuff just saying ‘it’s not acceptable."

In the Beach Hut later, Zara said she was disappointed with her behaviour and is entirely "gutted" about their decision to take her title off her.

"I did Miss Great Britain because I wanted to," she said. "It’s something I wanted to do. And if you put that hard work in and the commitment and the time and the effort…I did and I won, and I worked so hard.

"And now I just made one silly, stupid mistake of being in the moment has ruined everything. I can’t even put into words how gutted I am. So if they want to give me it back that’s fine!"

A petition was launched after Miss Great Britain announced their decision, encouraging the organisation to rethink the stripping. It currently has 8,720 signatures.

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