CALLUM Macleod has broken his silence after he became the first Islander to be dumped from the villa – after just five days.
Last night we reported that the Welshman, 28, quit his high-flying job as an aircraft engineer for his place on the reality show.
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But his dream of becoming a reality TV star was soon in tatters as he became the first casualty of this year’s series after his partner Amber Gill dumped him for Anton Danyluk.
“Hi everyone, just a quick message to say I’m back in the UK and I’ve got my phone back,” he told his 147k followers on Instagram.
“Also to say thank you so so much for all the support, all the messages I’m reading and all the comments I really do appreciate it.
“I literally cannot thank you all enough.”
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It appears the former aircraft engineer is keeping his head up after the shock dumping.
And he reposted messages of support from fans and friends alike with many saying he was a “true gentleman” during his time in the villa.
On last night’s show Callum said after getting the axe: “I came here to find my wife and obviously I have not found her but I’m still young so hopefully I’ll find her very soon.”
And soon after we reported Callum revealed he made a difficult decision before going on the ITV2 series – giving up his position at work in pursuit of finding love.
8 Love Island’s Callum Macleod quit his high-flying job as an aircraft engineer for his place on the show before getting kicked out the villa after five days
In an interview he told The Sun: “I had to hand my notice in. I’ve got my trade and my apprenticeship so I would apply elsewhere.
“It was a really hard decision but you only get one life.
“I applied for a sabbatical but it got rejected in the end, on my section they couldn’t justify the career break.
8 He became the first casualty of this year’s series after his partner Amber Gill dumped him in favour of Anton Danyluk
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“I left on good terms. My Managing Director knew I was going on Love Island and he loves the show. He did say to go for it.
“In my job we service aircraft engines; an airline will send us their engine and we will charge them to service it, like a car with a MOT.
“In my head I have thought long-term that I will go back into the industry, that’s the plan.”
This isn’t the first time Callum has been rejected on a reality TV show.
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The hunk appeared on the last series of Celebs Go Dating – but failed to secure a date with any of the female stars.
He revealed: “I went on Celebs – but I didn’t date anyone.
“I went to the mixer but didn’t get picked. Georgia from Love Island was there, Kerry Katona, it was the most recent one. I was only on actual TV for a second.”
Callum said his mates predicted he would be the first to go and is “gutted” now it’s a reality.
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8 Callum says he enjoyed every minute of his time on the show and is gutted to be the first to leave
Speaking after getting the boot, he said: “I hold my hands up and say I was gutted to leave, but if they asked me to go back in I would, straightaway. I loved every single minute of it.
“I didn’t go in with a game plan, I was going in there to meet someone. It’s pot luck in a way.
“If someone walks in that you have a connection with, you’re onto a winner, but if they don’t I wasn’t going to fake it with anyone just to say in the villa, because I don’t think that’s fair on the person.”
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